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Prolonged Pegylated Interferon + Tenofovir Does Not Prevent Hepatitis Delta Relapse
April 21 – Treating hepatitis B patients with hepatitis delta virus (HDV) coinfection using pegylated interferon plus tenofovir for 96 weeks may reduce HDV viral load, but side effects are frequent and it did not significantly improve the likelihood of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) reduction, according to a report at the 49th EASL International Liver Congress last week in London. Read more.

Asia-Pacific Nations Prodded On Hepatitis Action Plans
April 21 – Health experts state that the Asia-Pacific region needs more cross-sector partnerships and funding to tackle viral hepatitis, and they are calling on countries in the Asia-Pacific to set national action plans to address the escalating impact of viral hepatitis. Read more.

Teen Makes Genetic Discovery of Her Own Rare Cancer
April 21 – Inspiring story of a teen with a rare from of liver cancer that not only recovered from her cancer, but embarked on a scientific journey using YouTube to reach out to other patients to collect tumor samples that would eventually lead to a cutting edge discovery. Read more and watch the videos.

Can Coffee Treat Liver Disease?
April 21 – Contemporary studies suggest that coffee is beneficial for chronic liver diseases and can positively impact liver function tests, viral hepatitis, and may even help prevent cirrhosis and liver cancer. Read more.

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Saving Lives Through Prevention: Ensuring Equal Access for AllChari Cohen
April 14 – During National Public Health Week, Chari Cohen, HBF’s Director of Public Health discussed the success of current public health prevention programs, and the need to ensure all communities have equal access to preventive services. Read more.

Hep B United Participates in Launch of Updated HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan
April 3 – A launch event was held today in Wash, DC to announce the renewed viral hepatitis action plan from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) – which was first released in May 2011 – with a keynote address from U.S. Secretary for Health Kathleen Sebelius. The renewed plan, which was spearheaded by Dr. Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, provides critical steps to improve the prevention of viral hepatitis and the care and treatment of those who are infected, and lists important actions the agencies will undertake between 2014 and 2016 across six priority areas. Ms. Chari Cohen, HBF Director for Public Health, was invited to participate on the Community Panel during this event. Read more.

Thomas Starzl, MD, PhD, to Receive HBF's 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize



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