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DDW 2013: Does HBV Suppression Prevent Liver Disease Progression?

Chronic hepatitis B patients with cirrhosis may still experience liver disease progression even if they undergo antiviral treatment and achieve good virological response, according to a poster presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting (DDW 2013) last month in Orlando.

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Low Vitamin D Linked to Greater Hepatitis B Virus Replication

Low blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were strongly associated with higher hepatitis B virus (HBV) viral load in a study of more than 200 untreated patients described in the May 22, 2013 advance online edition of Hepatology.

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EASL 2013: Truvada Works Best for Immune-Tolerant Hepatitis B Patients -- But Do They Need Treatment?

A combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine (the drugs in Truvada) suppressed hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication more than tenofovir alone over 4 years for people with inactive or immune-tolerant disease, researchers reported at the EASL International Liver Congress (EASL 2013) this week in Amsterdam. The benefits of treatment at this early stage, however, remain uncertain.

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DDW 2013: Tenofovir and Entecavir Effectively Suppress Hepatitis B Virus

The newer antivirals tenofovir (Viread) and entecavir (Baraclude) inhibit hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication more effectively than older agents, but good adherence is needed to maintain long-term viral suppression, according to a set of studies presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting (DDW 2013) last month in Orlando.

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Coverage of the 2013 EASL International Liver Congress

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 48th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL 2013) in Amsterdam, April 24-28, 2013.

Conference highlights include treatment for hepatitis B and C, new direct-acting HCV drugs, interferon-free hepatitis C therapy, management of liver disease complications, and prevention and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma.

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Coverage of Digestive Disease Week 2013

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2013 Digestive Disease Week annual meeting (DDW 2013) in Orlando, Florida, May 18-21, 2013.

Conference highlights include direct-acting hepatitis C drugs, new strategies for using approved HCV protease inhibitors and interferon/ribavirin, and interferon-free regimens.

Full listing by topic

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EASL 2013: Long-term Tenofovir Reduces Liver Cancer Risk in People with Chronic Hepatitis B

Long-term treatment with tenofovir (Viread) lowered the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma among people with chronic hepatitis B, with a notable divergence from expected rates after about 5 years, according to a report presented at the at the EASL International Liver Congress (EASL 2013) this week in Amsterdam.

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EASL 2013: Do Asian Patients Respond Better to Pegylated Interferon for Hepatitis B?

Some Asian people with chronic hepatitis B treated with pegylated interferon may experience better outcomes on certain measures than Caucasians, though overall response rates are similar, according to a comparative analysis presented at the EASL International Liver Congress(EASL 2013) last month in Amsterdam. The study also showed that early hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) decline is a predictor of treatment response in some patients.

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EASL 2013: International Liver Congress Kicks Off with Hep C New Drug Highlights

The EASL International Liver Congress is now underway at the Amsterdam RAI congress center. At a Wednesday press conference, EASL officials gave a preview of some of the hepatitis C treatment highlights -- both augmentation of interferon-based therapy and interferon-free regimens -- to be presented at the meeting, which runs through Sunday.alt

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