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Heavy Alcohol Use Increases Liver Cancer Risk in Hepatitis B Patients with Cirrhosis

Heavy drinking can add to the already elevated likelihood that people with liver cirrhosis related to hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection will develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study published in the April 2013 Journal of Hepatology.

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EASL International Liver Congress Starts this Week in Amsterdam

The alt48th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL 2013) kicks off this Wednesday, April 24, at the Amsterdam RAI congress center. HIVandHepatitis.com will be on site to provide breaking news and analysis starting later this week.

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Everolimus (Zortress) Approved to Prevent Liver Transplant Rejection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month approved the immunosuppressant drug everolimus (brand name Zortress) for preventing organ rejection in people who undergo liver transplantation. A recent large study found that everolimus was easier on the kidneys when used in combination with low-dose tacrolimus (Prograf).

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CROI 2013: Dually Active Antiretroviral Therapy Protects Against Primary Hepatitis B Infection

Use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) that includes drugs active against both hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV reduces the risk that HIV positive people will become infected with HBV -- in effect acting as HBV PrEP -- according to a study presented at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013) this week in Atlanta.

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HIV+ Less Likely to Respond to Hepatitis B Vaccine, but More Shots Increase Protection

Adults in Kenya responded as well overall to hepatitis B vaccination as people in high-income countries. People with HIV had poorer response, but this could be mostly overcome with repeated doses, according to a study described in the February 1, 2013, Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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FDA Rejects Heplisav Hepatitis B Vaccine Seeking More Safety Data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declined to approve Dynavax Technologies' experimental hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine candidate with a toll-like receptor 9 adjuvant, stating it wants to see further data on safety in adults including seniors, the company announced this week.

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Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study Sheds Light on Burden of Hepatitis B and C in U.S.

People born between 1945 and 1964 account for the highest proportion of hepatitis B and C cases, and these viruses are a significant cause of illness and death, according to an analysis described in the January 1, 2013, Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Antioxidant N-acetylcysteine Improves Survival of Transplanted Liver

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) administered during recovery of a liver from a deceased donor can help reduce damage during transplantation and increase survival of the liver graft in the recipient, according to a study published in the February 19, 2013, issue of Liver Transplantation.

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Heavy Alcohol Use Increases Liver Cancer Risk for People with Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B patients with liver cirrhosis who consumed large amounts of alcohol were more likely to develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) than people who drank less, according to a report in the December 6, 2012, online edition of the Journal of Hepatology. However, antiviral treatment can help prevent liver cancer.

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