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Expanded Vaccination and Treatment Could Help Eliminate Hepatitis B Worldwide
April 27 – While universal infant hepatitis B vaccination has already led to major advances in reducing new infections in some settings, further expansion of prevention and treatment are needed to significantly reduce HBV transmission and liver disease mortality, according to an analysis presented at the European Association for the Study of the Liver 50th International Liver Congress. Read more.
New Survey Shows That Half of People With Hepatitis Suffer From Discrimination
April 27 – As many as half of people infected with viral hepatitis have suffered discrimination and one-quarter admit that family members have avoided physical contact with them after finding out they had the infection. A shocking patient survey presented at The International Liver Congress 2015 has shown the devastating impact the infection has on their daily lives. Read more.
Cancer Drug Shows Promise as Cure for Hepatitis B
April 27 – Australian scientists have found a potential cure for hepatitis B virus infections, with a promising new treatment proving 100 per cent successful in eliminating the infection in preclinical models. Read more.
HepB e-Antigen, Fewer Vaccinations Boost Baby's Risk
April 27 – Infants born to mothers with hepatitis B were more likely to develop the infection themselves if their mothers had more severe forms of HBV or they received fewer than the required number of HBV vaccine doses at birth, according to data from several small publicly funded health programs. Read more.
The Case for Keeping Viral Hepatitis in the SDGs
April 20 – It’s time to make viral hepatitis a priority, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) focusing on developing a global hepatitis elimination strategy. Final draft comments are due April 30. Read more.
Type 2 Diabetes Does Not Affect Hepatitis B Vaccination
April 20 – Type 2 diabetes does not negatively affect the immune response to the three-dose hepatitis B vaccine, an international trial suggests. Read more
Immune Cells Can Promote Liver Cancer
April 20 – A team of Newcastle University scientists have found that specialized immune cells in our bodies that normally act to protect us from infections can have a dark side in the development of liver cancer. Read more.
J&J Partners with Startup for DNA Vaccine, Hand-Held Device to Treat HBV
April 20 – Janssen Pharmaceuticals has paired up with Ichor Medical Systems to develop and market DNA-based vaccine products to treat chronic hepatitis B. The partners will use the startup's TriGrid electroporation technology for clinical administration of a DNA vaccine. Read more.
Global Hepatitis B Epidemic Treatable at Cost of Just $36 Per Patient Per Year
April 13 – Large-scale production of generic entecavir could cut the cost of first-line hepatitis B therapy to just $36 per patient per year, possibly facilitating low-cost global therapy for HBV. Read more.
As WHO Drafts Its Global Health Strategies, a Need to Reconsider Viral Hepatitis Response
April 13 – WHO is drafting its global health strategies and seeking input on 3 global health sectors including viral hepatitis. It's time hepatitis B gets the attention it deserves with a focus on a strategic public health response. Comments are due by April 30, 2015. Read more.
End-Stage Liver Disease is a Concern for People With HIV and Hepatitis B or C Co-Infection
April 13 – People with HIV and hepatitis B or C virus co-infection are more likely to progress to end-stage liver disease, or liver failure, than those with HIV alone, and individuals triply infected with all three viruses face the greatest risk, according to study findings presented at the recent CROI 2015. Read more.
Nigeria: Growing Scourge of Hepatitis B in Nigeria
April 13 – Over 350 million people worldwide are infected with chronic hepatitis B, with Nigeria topping the list of African countries with a high incidence rate, with over 20 million Nigerians infected and thousands dying from liver-related diseases every year. Read more.
African Immigrants at Increased Risk for Hepatitis B
April 6 – As many as 1.4 million people in the U.S. are chronically infected with hepatitis B, and one population disproportionately impacted is the African immigrant community. Now there is the Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO) to help improve HBV awareness, and access to information, screening, vaccination, and linkage to care. Read more.
Oral Hepatitis B Vaccine Could Become a Reality
April 6 – Researchers report progress toward perfecting a radical new method of producing vaccines using genetically modified corn. The approach could lead to an oral hepatitis B vaccine that requires no refrigeration and costs less than $1 per dose to manufacture. Read more.
Many Cancer Patients at Risk for Hepatitis B Virus Reactivation
April 6 – To screen or not to screen all patients for hepatitis B prior to chemotherapy? That is the question, and the topic debated by a program committee at the 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Read more.
Institute Assembles Team of 'All-Star Researchers' to Cure Hepatitis B
March 30– The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute has recruited a team of “all Star researchers” who will focus exclusively on developing a cure for hepatitis B, with a goal for breakthrough therapies within the next three years. Read more.
New Liver Cancer Report, New Links Emerge: Coffee Is Protective, Obesity Increases Risk
March 30 – A report from an ongoing systematic review of global research finds that drinking coffee lowers the risk of liver cancer, while there is strong evidence linking obesity and increased alcohol consumption to an increased risk for liver cancer, a disease that is increasing in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Read more.
Study Suggests HBV Exposure Matures Infants' Immune Systems
March 30 - A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis B Virus Infection exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. Read more.
Combination Therapy Boosts Antiviral Response to Chronic Infection
March 30 – A Yale-led team has identified a promising new combination immunotherapy to enhance the body's ability to fight chronic viral infections and possibly cancer. Read more.
Mutations Inhibiting Hepatitis B Antigen May Drive Occult Infection
March 23 – Viral mutations may allow hepatitis B virus to persist in the liver by evading immune surveillance, according to an Australian study of occult hepatitis B infection. Read more.
UCLA Public Health Researchers Go to Church to Promote Hepatitis B Screening
March 23 – To reach a vulnerable population largely unaware of the health risks, a team from the Fielding School for Public Health held small group discussions in more than 50 Los Angeles-area Korean churches. Read more.
Female N Korean Defectors Prone to Cancer-Causing Viruses
March 23 – Female defectors from North Korea are at a higher-than-average risk of infection by the human papillomavirus and the hepatitis B virus, with more support needed from the South Korean government for women’s health. Read more.
Federal Judge Lets NY Prison Hepatitis Policy Claim Proceed
March 23 – A lawsuit that says New York state officials, including former Gov. George Pataki, supported a policy to trim medical costs that led to the denial of hepatitis treatment for some inmates can proceed to trial, a judge has ruled. Read more.
WHO Issues Its First Hepatitis B Treatment Guidelines
March 16 – WHO issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, particularly in settings with limited resources. These guidelines were developed by a committee led by Dr. Brian McMahon, with Joan Block, HBF's Executive Director, representing the patient advocacy community. Read more.
Hospitals Across New York Struggle to Vaccinate Newborns Against Deadly Hepatitis B Virus
March 16 – A New York World review of data released by the state Department of Health revealed that more than half of state’s birthing hospitals reported vaccinating less than 90 percent of newborns against hepatitis B before they were released from the hospital, failing to meet standards set by the state. Read more.
HBV genotype C HBeAg Seroconversion Rate ‘Negligible’
March 16 – Patients with chronic hepatitis B virus genotype C infection who are positive for hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) should not delay antiviral treatment in the hope of seroconversion, Korean researchers recommend. Read more.
Amitabh Bachchan to Give Shot in the Arm to Govt’s Campaign Against Hepatitis B
March 16 – The government has asked Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan as brand ambassador for its campaign against hepatitis B, a critical public health problem facing India. Read more.
Tekmira Announces Completion of the Merger With OnCore
March 9 – Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced the completion of the merger with OnCore Biopharma creating an industry leading therapeutic solutions company focusing on a cure for chronic hepatitis B. Read more...
Chinese Researchers Report Successful Hepatitis E Vaccine
March 9 - A new vaccine for hepatitis E provides protection from the virus for at least 4.5 years, according to Chinese researchers. Read more...
Roche Launches Next-Generation HBV Viral load Assay
March 9 – Roche announced the commercial availability of the cobas HBV quantitative nucleic acid test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems, which offers broad coverage of all know HBV genotypes. Read more...
Prevention of Perinatal Hepatitis B Transmission in Haimen City, China
March 2 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s second paper from its successful 3-year public health campaign in Haimen City, China, was published in Vaccine and focused on results from the perinatal HBV program. Over a 12 month period, all pregnant women in the city were tested for hepatitis B (total of 5,407), and those who tested positive were provided education and counseling, and their newborns received the first dose of the HBV vaccine and one dose of HBIG in the delivery room. All newborns of infected moms were then tested at 12 months for evidence of protective surface antibodies from the vaccine. Although inadequate response or nonresponse to HBV vaccine was more common among babies born to HBeAg-positive and/or high viral load mothers, these risk factors did not completely predict non-responsiveness. Read more.
ABIVAX Doses First Patient in ABX203 Phase IIb/III Trial for Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B
March 2 –ABX203, a therapeutic vaccine, has been dosed in the first patient in a Phase IIb/III clinical trial to assess if it can deliver a significant improvement in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. Read more.
‘Most’ Cirrhotic HBV Patients Benefit From Adding Adefovir to Lamivudine
March 2 – Response-guided addition of adefovir to lamivudine-based therapy not only maintains long-term viral suppression in Chinese chronic hepatitis B patients with compensated liver cirrhosis, research suggests, but also improves liver function. Read more.
Hong Kong Researcher's Cancer-Test Technology Named in World Top
March 2 – A new method, referred to as "Liquid Biopsy" can detect cancer early using only a few drops of blood, and was developed by a Hong Kong researcher, and named as one of the top 10 breakthrough technologies this year. Read more.
IL-23 Predicts PegIFN Response in Chronic HBV
Feb 23 - High baseline serum levels of interleukin (IL)-23 can help to identify hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive chronic hepatitis B patients who are likely to respond to pegylated interferon (PegIFN) treatment, a Chinese study indicates. Read more.
TDF Monotherapy ‘Reasonable’ Option in Entecavir-Resistant HBV
Feb 23 - The efficacy of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) monotherapy is comparable to that of TDF plus entecavir in chronic hepatitis B patients with genotypic resistance to entecavir, according to researchers from the Republic of Korea. Read more.
Antiviral Treatment Improves Survival in Sorafenib-Treated Hepatitis B Related Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Feb 23 - For sorafenib-treated patients with hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma, antiviral therapy with nucleoside analogues is associated with improved survival, according to a study published online in theJournal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Read more.
Government Panel Recommends FIVE CUPS of Coffee a Day to Ward Off Heart Disease, Liver Cancer and Parkinson's
Feb 23 – A panel of experts from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which convenes every five years, did a detailed assessment of coffee for the first time, and suggests 3-5 cups of the caffeinated beverage may help keep the doctor away, along with reducing the risk of liver cancer. Read more.
50th Anniversary of Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg’s First Paper on the Hepatitis B Virus
Feb 16 – Known at the time as the “Australia Antigen”, this original publication, written by Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg, looks at the identification of the hepatitis B surface antigen, and was published in JAMA. Dr. Blumberg and his team were responsible for the discovery of the hepatitis B virus and subsequent diagnostics and vaccine to identify and prevent hepatitis B infection. Dr. Blumberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1976 for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus, and was instrumental in establishing the Hepatitis B Foundation in 1991. Read more.
Hot On The Trail Of The Hepatitis-Liver Cancer Connection
Feb 16 – For the first time, scientists have demonstrated the profound effect that chronic hepatitis infection and inflammation can have on the genetic mutations found in tumors of the liver, potentially paving the way to a better understanding of the mechanisms through which these chronic infections can lead to cancer. Read more.
Galapagos Gets EUR1.6 Mln IWT Grant For Hepatitis B Program
Feb 16 – The Flemish Agency for Innovation through Science and Technology has awarded a 1.6 million euros grant to support the development of new antiviral therapies against hepatitis B. Read more.
Reactivation of Hepatitis B Can Be Prevented and Treated During Immunosuppressive Drug Therapy
Feb 9 – Long-term immunosuppressive therapy can cause the hepatitis B virus to reactivate, even in patients who are not aware that they are infected with HBV. A new guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association provides guidance to physicians and patients who use immunosuppressive agents for the treatment of a variety of disorders, including gastrointestinal, dermatologic, neurologic and rheumatologic, among others. Read more.
Gut Microbes May Play a Role in Age-Related Hepatitis B Virus Clearance
Feb 9 – Treating adult mice with antibiotics to wipe out their intestinal microbiota made them unable to naturally clear hepatitis B, so they became more like young mice that developed chronic infection. The researchers also showed that mice lacking toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) cleared HBV regardless of age. Read more.
Obama Budget Boosts U.S. HIV and Hepatitis Funding, Cuts Global AIDS and TB
Feb 9 – President Obama's proposed $4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2016 would increase funding for viral hepatitis efforts by significantly increasing the budget for CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis, which has been underfunded relative to number of people affected by viral hepatitis. Get involved with federal advocacy and let your legislators know that funding for hepatitis B is important to you. Read more.
Liver Cancer Australia’s Most Deadly Cancer
Feb 9 – February 4th was World Cancer Day, and new analysis shows liver cancer looms as Australia's greatest cancer challenge, with one Australian dying of liver cancer for every Australian who is diagnosed with the disease. Read more.
A New Approach to Hepatitis B Therapy?
Feb 2 – Cyclophilins are involved in multiple steps of the hepatitis B virus life cycle in hepatocytes. A new approach is proposed involving a combination of a direct antiviral agent plus a cyclophilin inhibitor. Read more.
Age and HBsAg Level Predict NA-Induced HBeAg Seroconversion Durability
Feb 2 – The combination of age and baseline HBsAg level can help predict hepatitis B virus relapse in patients who achieve HBeAg loss or seroconversion following nucleos(t)ide analogue treatment. Read more.
Long-Term Effects of Antivirals in Patients with HBV-Related Cirrhosis
For patients with HBV-related decompensated cirrhosis, use of oral antivirals initiated early in treatment could have significant benefits in reducing the need for liver transplantation and improving long-term outcomes. Read more.
Discrimination 'Still Rampant’ Among Filipinos with Hepatitis B
Feb 2 - Despite efforts to increase public awareness on Hepatitis B, advocates fighting to eradicate the disease say discrimination against patients is "still rampant” in the Philippines. Read more.
Anti-viral Regimens Did Not Increase Risk for Renal Effects in HBV
Jan 26 – Anti-viral therapy did not increase the risk for renal disease among patients with hepatitis B, with or without renal risk factors before treatment, according to study data. Read more.
NIH Announces Funding for New Technologies for Viral Hepatitis
Jan 26 – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a funding opportunity announcement to encourage small businesses to address viral hepatitis research opportunities delineated in the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. Read more.
Livers Kept Healthier for Transplant by New Machine-Perfusion Organ Preservation System
Jan 26 – A new preservation system that pumps cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into donor livers not only keeps the organs in excellent condition for as long as nine hours before transplantation, but also leads to dramatically better liver function and increases survival of recipients, according to a series of animal studies by researchers. Read more.
Falling Through the Cracks: Mothers With Hepatitis B Receive Inadequate Treatment, Follow-up
Jan 19 – More than one-third of women with the hepatitis B virus are initially diagnosed with the infection at their first prenatal care visit, but they do not receive follow-up care for the infection after their pregnancy, researchers have found. Read more.
FDA Orders Partial Hold on Arrowhead HBV Drug Trial
Jan 19 – Arrowhead Research this week announced that the US Food and Drug Administration ordered a partial hold on a planned Phase IIb trial of ARC-520, the company's RNAi-based drug candidate for hepatitis B. Read more.
Cancer 'Bad Luck' Theory Strongly Questioned by WHO Specialized Agency
Jan 19 – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO’s specialized cancer agency, strongly disagrees with the recent scientific report suggesting random mutations, or “bad luck” as the major contributor to cancer overall. Hepatitis B is highlighted with declines in liver cancer noted in countries with increased hepatitis B vaccination rates. Read more.
Scientists Claim Coffee Protects Our Liver
Jan 19 – The results of the recent study suggest that two cups of coffee per day can lower risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 60%, with the exception of cirrhosis caused by the hepatitis B virus infection. Read more.
Hepatitis B Patients Benefit from New Co-Payment Assistance
Jan 12 – Patient Advocate Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a new assistance fund to their Co-Pay Relief program dedicated to assisting insured Hepatitis B patients with out of pocket pharmaceutical expenses. Read more.
Canada's Tekmira to Buy U.S.-Based OnCore Biopharma, Focus on HBV Treatment
Jan 12 – Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp agreed to buy Pennsylvania-based OnCore Biopharma Inc to focus on developing hepatitis B virus treatment by combining multiple therapeutic methods. Read more.
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators, a Vital CDC Program Helping to Achieve the Goals of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan
Jan 12 – Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators (VHPCs) are vital to the implementation of the nation’s Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, and ultimately, achievement of 3 of the national goals of reducing viral hepatitis transmission and disease. Read more.
Ugandan Govt Urged on Hepatitis B, the Forgotten Killer
Jan 12 – People living with hepatitis B have urged the Ugandan government to adopt policies and guidelines to fight the disease, whose spread is reportedly on the rise. Read more.
Neonatal HBV Vaccination Reduces the Risk of Liver Cancer and Other Liver Diseases in Young Adults in China
Jan 5 – Neonatal HBV vaccination reduces the risk of liver cancer and other liver diseases in young adults in China, according to a study based on long-term outcomes from a large, randomized controlled study. Read more.
Two-Thirds of Adult Cancers Largely Due to Bad Luck
Jan 5 – A new statistical model created by Johns Hopkins researchers may help measure the proportion of cancers caused by random mutations during stem cell division versus those related to environmental factors and heredity. Liver cancer incidence appeared to be a combination of both, as it is often associated with viral hepatitis. Read more.
Liver Cirrhosis More Common Than Previously Thought
Jan 5 – Cirrhosis of the liver is more common than previously thought, affecting more than 633,000 adults yearly, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Read more.
ILBS Designated as WHO Collaborating Centre on Viral Hepatitis
Jan 5 – The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) on viral hepatitis and liver diseases. Asia houses over 75% of hepatitis B and C and liver cancer cases, and India has close to 60 million such patients. Read more.
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