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AASLD 2016: Tenofovir Alafenamide Approved for Hepatitis B, Works Well with Less Effect on Bones

Tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), a new lower-dose pro-drug, matches the older tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) for antiviral activity against hepatitis B virus but causes less bone mineral loss, according to a report at the AASLD Liver Meeting this week in Boston. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved stand-alone TAF for hepatitis B treatment.

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Resources for People with HIV and Hepatitis in Disaster Areas

During and after disasters such as Hurricane Matthew, people with medical conditions including HIV and viral hepatitis will be among those displaced and requiring emergency care. Government agencies offer resources for people with these and other chronic conditions, healthcare providers, and others who provide emergency and disaster-related services.

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EASL 2016: Hepatitis B Treatment Linked to Colorectal and Cervical Cancer

People with hepatitis B who were treated with nucleoside/nucleotide antivirals did not have an overall higher rate of malignancies, but did show an increased incidence of colorectal and cervical cancer, underlining the need for regular screening, according to a study presented at the recent EASL International Liver Congress in Barcelona.

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Hepatitis B Testing Should Be Done Before and During Hepatitis C Treatment

People considering treatment for hepatitis C should first be tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and monitored throughout therapy, as successful elimination of hepatitis C virus (HCV) can reactivate HBV and potentially worsen liver disease, according to recent updates to American and European hepatitis C treatment guidelines.

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EASL 2016: Antiviral Therapy Linked to Less Liver Cancer and Death in People with Mild Hepatitis B

Treatment with nucleoside/nucleotide antiviral therapy was associated with longer overall survival and reduced risk of developing liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) for hepatitis B patients with high viral load but minimal liver inflammation -- a group generally not prioritized for treatment --according to a report presented at the European Association for the Study of the Liver's International Liver Congress (EASL 2016) last month in Barcelona.

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