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Antiviral Treatment for Hepatitis B Lowers Risk of Liver Cancer

Antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection can reduce the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), even among people with high HBV viral load, according to research described in the May 2014 edition of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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DDW 2014: Some Hepatitis B Patients Can Stop Antiviral Treatment without Relapse

Stopping antiviral therapy after several years appears generally safe for people with HBeAg negative chronic hepatitis B without liver cirrhosis, and a substantial proportion do not experience viral relapse or worsening liver inflammation while off treatment, according to a pair of posters presented at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW 2014) meeting this week in Chicago.

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EASL 2014: Long-term Tenofovir Maintains Viral Suppression in People with Hepatitis B

Treatment with tenofovir (Viread) for 3 years remained effective in keeping hepatitis B virus (HBV) suppressed, normalizing liver inflammation, and potentially reducing liver disease progression, according to studies from Germany, France, and Spain presented at the 49thEASL International Liver Congress (EASL 2014) recently held in London.

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May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the U.S., an opportunity to promote better understanding of viral hepatitis and to encourage more people to get tested and receive care for hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis Testing Day is coming up on May 19.

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EASL 2014: Adding Interferon to Antivirals May Improve Response for Hepatitis B Patients

Adding pegylated interferon to entecavir (Baraclude) led to greater hepatitis B virus (HBV) viral load decline and higher likelihood of serological response in HBeAg positive chronic hepatitis B patients, as did added interferon after long-term nucleoside therapy, but adding interferon after a only short course of antivirals did not improve response, according to a set of studies presented at the 49th EASL International Liver Congress last week in London.

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