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Survey Shows More than 800,000 in U.S. Have Hepatitis B, Half of Them Asian

Although nearly 70 million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated against hepatitis B virus (HBV), there are still 847,000 people with evidence of infection, about 400,000 of whom are Asian, according to the latest NHANES survey results published in the February edition of Hepatology.

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Hepatitis B Vaccine, Hepatitis C Treatment Could Prevent Most Liver Cancer

Widespread vaccination against hepatitis B virus (HBV) and prompt treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) -- which together are the most common cause of hepatocellular carcinoma -- could prevent an estimated 80% of liver cancer deaths, according to the World Hepatitis Alliance in an announcement commemorating World Cancer Day.

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Tenofovir Alafenamide Is Effective Against Hepatitis B with Less Kidney and Bone Toxicity

A pair of Phase 3 studies have shown that Gilead Sciences' new tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) suppresses hepatitis B virus (HBV) as well as the current tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) formulation, but with less detrimental effects on the kidneys and bones, the company announced this week.

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Latino Adults Have Hepatitis B Rates Similar to the General U.S. Population

Hispanic and Latino adults living in the U.S. are about as likely as the general population to have active hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, though rates varied across subgroups based on country of origin, according to research published in the February edition of Hepatology.

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AASLD 2015: Coffee Linked to Reduced Liver Fibrosis in People with HBV, HCV, and NAFLD

Drinking coffee was associated with lower liver stiffness -- a non-invasive measure used to estimate liver fibrosis -- in people with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), researchers reported at the 2015 AASLD Liver Meeting last week in San Francisco. The study also showed a trend toward less liver fat build-up in people with NAFLD.alt

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AASLD 2015: Hepatitis B Core Inhibitor NVR 3-778 Inhibits Viral Replication

Novira Therapeutics' NVR 3-778, a novel drug that interferes with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein, blocked replication of various types of HBV in a laboratory study and reduced HBV viral load with no apparent safety issues in an early human trial, researchers reported at the AASLD Liver Meeting in November.

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Coverage of the 2015 AASLD Liver Meeting

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2015 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting in San Francisco, November 13-17, 2015.

Conference highlights include interferon-free therapy for hepatitis C, treatment for difficult-to-treat populations including people with HCV genotype 3 and liver  cirrhosis, hepatitis B prevention and treatment, and management of advanced liver disease.

Full listing by topic

Liver Meeting website

11/23/15

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Chinese Herbs Taken with Lamivudine May Reduce Hepatitis B Mortality

Hepatitis B patients who used traditional Chinese medicine, including the herbal preparation Jia-Wei-Xiao-Yao-San, while being treated with lamivudine (3TC or Epivir) were less likely to die of any cause than non-users, according to research published in the November 4, 2015, Journal of Enthopharmacology.

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AASLD 2015: Tenofovir During Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Mother-to-Child Hepatitis B Transmission

Women with chronic hepatitis B and high viral load who were treated with tenofovir (Viread) during pregnancy were significantly less likely to transmit hepatitis B virus (HBV) to their babies, according to study findings presented this week at the AASLD Liver Meeting in San Francisco. Another study showed that women with hepatitis B often experience viral load or ALT "flares" during pregnancy or post-partum.

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