Hepatitis Patients Respond Equally Well to Short Course TreatmentThe hepatitis C virus is a leading cause of liver disease, sickening nearly 200 million people worldwide. Now, researchers report they can cure the chronic infection in a majority of cases with a shorter course of anti-viral drugs.
Free Hepatitis Screenings on the Way in IndonesiaHealth officials will provide limited free hepatitis screenings in Jakarta to address the high prevalence of the disease, an official said on Thursday.
“In 2012, we will conduct free hepatitis screenings for 100,000 people in Jakarta,” H.M. Subuh, the Health Ministry’s director of communicable diseases, said at a press conference.
Liver Transplant Center named after Arsalan, the first liver donor in PakistanPrime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani went to meet the parents of M. Arslan, the 15 year-old boy in Lahore who donated his liver to save another life of a patient at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore,first successful liver transplant operation by Pakistani doctors.The Prime Minister highly appreciated the gesture of teenager donor and as a token of recognition of his exceptional humanitarian gesture the Prime Minister announced that the Shaikh Zayed Hospital Liver Transplant Center will be now called Arslan Institute of Liver Transplant Center.
The Prime Minister said that Arslan has left a legacy which is worth cherishing by others. He said that there was a need to create awareness among people to donate their organs for the deserving patients to save their lives.
More than half of kindergartens rejecting HBV carriers: NGO More than half of domestic kindergartens are examining children for Hepatitis B (HBV) despite such examinations being against regulations, according to an NGO report released Wednesday.
Beijing Yirenping Center, an NGO that provides legal services to victims of discrimination in China, issued the report titled "Hepatitis B Discrimination in Kindergarten 2011" after a sample survey of about 40,000 nursery schools in Chinese mainland.
According to the report, it is difficult for children with HBV to enter kindergarten because more than 60 percent of the nation's kindergartens violate State regulations and examine kids for HBV during entrance medical checkups.
Australia: workshop aimed at giving health professionals the knowledge to pass onto their community.YOUTH workers across Orange gathered this week to examine ways to stop the spread of the hepatitis C virus among youth in the central west.
There are currently more than 3400 cases of hepatitis C in the western region of the state, with Orange youth workers determined to increase people’s understanding of the virus.
Project officer on the education and development team at Hepatitis NSW Bruce Cherry said the workshop was aimed at giving health professionals the knowledge to pass onto their community.
'Hepatitis C has been accepted as not being a dirty word'Hepatitis C is curable. Yet, it is responsible for some 86,000 deaths in Europe and 9 million people are infected, according to the World Health Organization. Tackling this are four nurses at HMP Forest Bank in Greater Manchester who are testing, treating and educating prisoners.
Philippines: Home birthing hampers anti-hepatitis B campaign The country’s efforts to eliminate hepatitis B, a chronic liver disorder that affects 16 million Filipinos, is being hampered by the practice of many mothers to give birth at home, an expert from the University of the Philippines (UP)–Manila said.
Dr. Lulu Bravo, executive director of he UP-Manila’s National Institute of Health, said 40 percent of Filipino mothers still give birth at home so their newborns are not covered by the free anti-hepatitis B vaccination of the government.
Patient Advocate Foundation Announces Additional Support for Patient Co-Pay Relief Program Serving Hepatitis C PatientsPatient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases, is pleased to announce that it has received additional funding support to serve patients suffering from breast cancer, colon cancer and hepatitis C, who are unable to access care due to financial barriers, through its Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR).
Health Canada Approves INCIVEK (telaprevir) for People With Hepatitis CHealth Canada has approved INCIVEK™ (telaprevir) tablets for a broad group of people with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C with compensated liver disease (some level of damage to the liver but the liver still functions), including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver).
Pakistani PM directs for expediting the setting up of Centre for Liver Transplant at PIMS Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has directed the Capital Development and Development Division to take immediate steps for expediting the setting up of Centre for Liver Transplant at PIMS.
To this effect, a delegation of Royal Free Hospital, London and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday discussed matters to set up Liver Transplant center at PIMS Hospital to provide best facilities for liver transplant at affordable cost to the people.
According to the press statement, a delegation of Royal Free Hospital, London called on the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at PM’s House here on Saturday.
The Prime Minister said that at present people have to go to foreign countries to have liver transplant which is very expensive.