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Heavy Alcohol Use Impairs Biochemical Response to Entecavir for Chronic Hepatitis B

While obese chronic hepatitis B patients and heavy drinkers did not have impaired virological response to entecavir (Baraclude), alcohol use did reduce the likelihood of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) normalization, according to study findings reported in the June 2012 issue of Clinical and Molecular Hepatology. alt

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Tenofovir Is Safe and Effective for Treating Hepatitis B in Adolescents

Teenagers with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection responded well to 2 years of treatment with tenofovir (Viread) in the first study of the drug in this population, researchers reported in the August 27, 2012, advance online edition of Hepatology.

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Tenofovir Hepatitis B Label Update Adds Info on Adolescents, Long-term Data for Adults

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced that product label information for tenofovir (Viread) has been revised to include further information about treatment of chronic hepatitis B in teenagers and 240-week data for adult patients. alt

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ICAAC 2012: Switching to Tenofovir in ART Regimen Suppresses Hepatitis B in HIV/HBV Coinfected

HIV/HBV coinfected people who substituted tenofovir DF (Viread) for zidovudine (AZT; Retrovir) or abacavir (Ziagen) in their antiretroviral regimen saw a reduction in hepatitis B viral load, despite HBV resistance to lamivudine (3TC; Epivir), according to a poster presentation at the 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) this week in San Francisco.

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Lack of Sleep May Compromise Hepatitis B Vaccine Response

People who got less than 6 hours of sleep per night showed significantly reduced antibody responses after hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, a finding that may shed light on the well-known association between poor sleep and increased susceptibility to infectious disease, researchers reported in the August 1, 2012, issue of Sleep.alt

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ICAAC 2012: Hepatitis B Vaccine Effective Long-term, but Some Lose Protection after 15 Years

Nearly all children who received 3 doses of the Engerix-B hepatitis B vaccine achieved protective immunity, but about 20% fell below the protective antibody threshold by year 15 and could benefit from a booster shot, Canadian researchers reported at the 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC 2012) this week in San Francisco. alt

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July 28 Is World Hepatitis Day

Saturday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about life-threatening viral hepatitis. Over years or decades hepatitis B and C can progress to severe liver disease including cirrhosis and liver cancer, and viral hepatitis is a leading indication for liver transplants.alt

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Hepatitis B Rates Higher than Expected among Gay Men, Drug Users, Vaccinated Babies

altAn unexpectedly high proportion of gay/bisexual men and injection drug users develop chronic hepatitis B rather than clearing the infection, Amsterdam researchers reported in the September 2012 Journal of Hepatology. Other recent studies found that more than one-quarter of children born to mothers with hepatitis B showed evidence of "occult" HBV infection despite vaccination at birth, and that some individuals vaccinated as children may still show evidence of infection as adults.

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EASL Publishes Revised Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chronic Hepatitis B

The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) recently revised its clinical practice guidelines for the management of patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The new recommendations were announced at the International Liver Congress in April in Barcelona and published in the July 2012 Journal of Hepatology. alt

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