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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: 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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EASL 2014: International Liver Congress Starts this Week in London

The European Association for the Study of the Liver's International Liver Congress (EASL 2014) takes place April 9-13 at the ExCel Centre in London. The annual conference is one of the key annual scientific meetings covering viral hepatitis and its complications. Also on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) will release new global guidelines for hepatitis C.

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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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Updated Entecavir Label Expands Indication for Children with Hepatitis B

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved new label information for entecavir (Baraclude), a nucleoside analog used to treat chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The revised label expands the indication for pediatric use by children age 2 years and up.

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