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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088461/changes-in-the-prevalence-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-alcoholic-liver-disease-among-patients-with-cirrhosis-or-liver-failure-on-the-waitlist-for-liver-transplantation
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David Goldberg, Ivo C Ditah, Kia Saeian, Mona Lalehzari, Andrew Aronsohn, Emmanuel C Gorospe, Michael Charlton
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Concurrent to development of more effective drugs for treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), infection, there has been an increase in the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Data indicate that liver transplantation prolongs survival times of patient with acute hepatitis associated with alcoholic liver disease (ALD). We compared data on disease prevalence in the population with data from liver transplantation waitlists to evaluate changes in the burden of liver disease in the United States...
January 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018873/restrictions-for-reimbursement-of-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-canada-a-descriptive-study
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Alison D Marshall, Sahar Saeed, Lisa Barrett, Curtis L Cooper, Carla Treloar, Julie Bruneau, Jordan J Feld, Lesley Gallagher, Marina B Klein, Mel Krajden, Naglaa H Shoukry, Lynn E Taylor, Jason Grebely
BACKGROUND: In Canada, interferon-free, direct-acting antiviral hepatitis C virus (HCV) regimens are costly. This presents challenges for universal drug coverage of the estimated 220 000 people with chronic HCV infection nationwide. The study objective was to appraise criteria for reimbursement of 4 HCV direct-acting antivirals in Canada. METHODS: We reviewed the reimbursement criteria for simeprevir, sofosbuvir, ledipasvir-sofosbuvir and paritaprevir-ritonavir-ombitasvir plus dasabuvir in the 10 provinces and 3 territories...
October 2016: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000892/non%C3%A2-infective-occupational-risk-factors-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-review-review
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Caterina Ledda, Carla Loreto, Christian Zammit, Andrea Marconi, Lucrezia Fago, Serena Matera, Valentina Costanzo, Giovanni Fuccio Sanzà, Stefano Palmucci, Margherita Ferrante, Chiara Costa, Concettina Fenga, Antonio Biondi, Cristoforo Pomara, Venerando Rapisarda
Liver cancer is the second leading worldwide cause of cancer‑associated mortalities. Hepatocellular carcinoma, which accounts for the majority of liver tumors, ranks fifth among types of human cancer. Well‑established risk factors for liver cancer include the hepatitis B and C viruses, aflatoxins, alcohol consumption, and oral contraceptives. Tobacco smoking, androgenic steroids, and diabetes mellitus are suspected risk factors. Current knowledge regarding non‑infective occupational risk factors for liver cancer is inconclusive...
February 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998171/co-infections-of-tuberculosis-hepatitis-b-or-c-viruses-in-a-cohort-of-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-china-predictors-and-sequelae
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Chen Zhang, Xiaoming Li, Yu Liu, Shan Qiao, Yi Chen, Yuejiao Zhou, Zhiyong Shen
The co-infection of viral hepatitis and tuberculosis (TB) among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) makes the syndemic of HIV even worse as there is higher mortality and morbidity among PLWHA with co-infections compared to people with HIV mono-infection. In the current study, we explored predictors and sequelae among a group of Chinese PLWHA to guide future program strategies and enhance the repertoire of action for both preventative and clinical purposes. Between October 2012 and August 2013, we conducted a cross-sectional study in Guangxi Autonomous Region (Guangxi) of China...
December 21, 2016: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995624/diagnosing-liver-fibrosis-a-narrative-review-of-current-literature-for-dermatologists
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REVIEW
J R Potts, C M Maybury, A Salam, J N Barker, K Agarwal, C H Smith
Chronic liver disease is a growing problem worldwide due to obesity, alcohol-related liver disease and viral hepatitis. Liver fibrosis is generally asymptomatic and patients may not present until they have advanced cirrhosis, when the scope for reversibility is limited. Identification of asymptomatic individuals at an early stage, is fundamental to reversing the rising toll of liver-related morbidity and mortality. Awareness of liver disease and the techniques for diagnosis is important for dermatologists, not only due to the burden of disease in the general population but also because some dermatology cohorts may have an elevated risk; for example the increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome and excess alcohol use in those with psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa, in addition to the use of potentially hepatotoxic drugs such as methotrexate...
December 20, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987917/hepatoprotection-of-enzymatic-extractable-mycelia-zinc-polysaccharides-by-pleurotus-eryngii-var-tuoliensis
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Nuo Xu, Zheng Gao, Jianjun Zhang, Huijuan Jing, Shangshang Li, Zhenzhen Ren, Shouxian Wang, Le Jia
The purpose of this work was designed to investigate the hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects of enzymatic-extractable mycelia zinc polysaccharides (En-MZPS) from Pleurotus eryngii var. tuoliensis on the hyperlipidemic mice induced by high-fat-high-cholesterol emulsion (HFHCM). The results showed that the supplementation of En-MZPS had potential anti-hyperlipidemia effects on reducing hepatic lipid levels by monitoring the serum enzyme activities (ALP, ALT and AST) and serum lipid levels (TC, TG, HDL-C, LDL-C and VLDL-C), enhancing the antioxidant enzymes (SOD, GSH-Px, CAT and T-AOC), and decreasing the lipid peroxidation (MDA and LPO)...
February 10, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979049/medical-management-of-severe-alcoholic-hepatitis-expert%C3%A2-review-from-the-clinical-practice-updates-committee-of%C3%A2-the-aga-institute
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Mack C Mitchell, Lawrence S Friedman, Craig J McClain
The purpose of this clinical practice update is to review diagnostic criteria for severe acute alcoholic hepatitis and to determine the current best practices for this life-threatening condition. The best practices in this review are based on clinical trials, systematic reviews including meta-analysis and expert opinion to develop an approach to diagnosis and management. Best Practice Advice 1: Abstinence from drinking alcohol is the cornerstone of treatment for alcohol hepatitis (AH). Best Practice Advice 2: Patients with jaundice and suspected AH should have cultures of blood, urine, and ascites, if present, to determine the presence of bacterial infections regardless of whether they have fever...
January 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931691/risk-assessment-of-hepatotoxicity-among-tuberculosis-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-aids-coinfected-patients-under-tuberculosis-treatment
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Williams Ngouleun, Prosper Cabral Biapa Nya, Anatole Constant Pieme, Phelix Bruno Telefo
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a worldwide public health problem. It is a contagious and grave disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Current drugs such as isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and rifampicin used for the treatment of tuberculosis are potentially hepatotoxic and can lead to drug hepatitis. In order to improve the follow-up of TB patients in Cameroon, we carried out a study which aimed to evaluate the hepatotoxicity risk factors associated with anti-TB drugs. METHODS: The studies were performed on 75 participants who had visited the Loum District Hospital located in the littoral region of Cameroon for their routine consultation...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916584/immunological-and-infectious-risk-factors-for-lung-cancer-in-us-veterans-with-hiv-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Keith Sigel, Juan Wisnivesky, Kristina Crothers, Kirsha Gordon, Sheldon T Brown, David Rimland, Maria C Rodriguez-Barradas, Cynthia Gibert, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, Roger Bedimo, Lesley S Park, Robert Dubrow
BACKGROUND: HIV infection is independently associated with risk of lung cancer, but few data exist for the relation between longitudinal measurements of immune function and lung-cancer risk in people living with HIV. METHODS: We followed up participants with HIV from the Veterans Aging Cohort Study for a minimum of 3 years between Jan 1, 1998, and Dec 31, 2012, and used cancer registry data to identify incident cases of lung cancer. The index date for each patient was the later of the date HIV care began or Jan 1, 1998...
December 1, 2016: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903948/characterizing-patients-with-very-low-level-hiv-viremia-a-community-based-study
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Elie Helou, Sheela Shenoi, Tassos Kyriakides, Marie-Louise Landry, Michael Kozal, Lydia Aoun Barakat
OBJECTIVE: Very-low-level viremia (VLLV) is a relatively new concept in the realm of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care. Newer generation assays are now able to detect plasma HIV RNA Viral Load (VL) levels as low as 20 copies/mL. The authors characterized patients with VLLV (VL between 20 and 50 copies/mL) in order to identify possible risk factors associated with virologic failure and poor clinical outcomes. METHODS: The authors reviewed 119 consecutive charts of patients with VLLV...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872194/sample-size-and-power-for-a-stratified-doubly-randomized-preference-design
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Briana Cameron, Denise A Esserman
The two-stage (or doubly) randomized preference trial design is an important tool for researchers seeking to disentangle the role of patient treatment preference on treatment response through estimation of selection and preference effects. Up until now, these designs have been limited by their assumption of equal preference rates and effect sizes across the entire study population. We propose a stratified two-stage randomized trial design that addresses this limitation. We begin by deriving stratified test statistics for the treatment, preference, and selection effects...
November 21, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843704/association-between-antiepileptic-drugs-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-epilepsy-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Dong-Zong Hung, Cheng-Li Lin, Yi-Wen Li, Yen-Ning Lin, Ying-Ray Lee, Charles-C N Wang, Jih-Jung Chen, Yun-Ping Lim
BACKGROUND: This study explored whether antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) use increases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: We conducted a case-control study using data from the National Health Insurance system of Taiwan. The case group comprised 1,454 epilepsy patients with newly diagnosed HCC, and the control group comprised 1,448 epilepsy patients without HCC. Both groups had similar distributions of sex and age, and follow-up duration. Possible associations with the AEDs in Taiwan were examined...
November 2016: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822971/drug-induced-liver-injury-is-chronic-liver-disease-a-risk-factor-and-a-clinical-issue
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Rolf Teschke, Gaby Danan
Clinicians and practitioners caring for patients with chronic liver disease are often unsure whether drug therapy is a hazard that increases their patient's risk for drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Areas covered: We searched for reports of drug induced liver injury, both idiosyncratic and intrinsic, in patients with chronic liver disease including non-alcoholic and alcoholic liver disease, and cirrhosis. Reports we analyzed include statin treatment in patients with fatty liver, acetaminophen use in alcoholic fatty liver, antituberculous drugs in patients with tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, antiviral medications in hepatitis and antiretroviral medications in HIV/AIDS...
November 8, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789966/disease-progression-and-health-care-resource-consumption-in-patients-affected-by-hepatitis-c-virus-in-real-practice-setting
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Valentina Perrone, Diego Sangiorgi, Stefano Buda, Luca Degli Esposti
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection represents serious health problems worldwide and is a major contributor to end-stage liver disease including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In Italy, ~2% of subjects are infected with HCV. The objective of this study was to describe treatment patterns, disease progression, and resource use in HCV. METHODS: An observational retrospective cohort analysis based on four Local Health Units administrative and laboratory databases was conducted...
2016: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785449/hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-review
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REVIEW
Julius Balogh, David Victor, Emad H Asham, Sherilyn Gordon Burroughs, Maha Boktour, Ashish Saharia, Xian Li, R Mark Ghobrial, Howard P Monsour
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary liver malignancy and is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. In the United States, HCC is the ninth leading cause of cancer deaths. Despite advances in prevention techniques, screening, and new technologies in both diagnosis and treatment, incidence and mortality continue to rise. Cirrhosis remains the most important risk factor for the development of HCC regardless of etiology. Hepatitis B and C are independent risk factors for the development of cirrhosis...
2016: Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753720/cannabis-as-secondary-drug-is-not-associated-with-a-greater-risk-of-death-in-patients-with-opiate-cocaine-or-alcohol-dependence
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Daniel Fuster, Arantza Sanvisens, Ferran Bolao, Paola Zuluaga, Inmaculada Rivas, Magi Farré, Jordi Tor, Robert Muga
BACKGROUND: The health burden of cannabis use in patients with other substance dependencies is not fully understood. OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of cannabis use as secondary drug on mortality of patients with other major substance use disorders. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with opiate, cocaine, or alcohol dependence admitted to detoxification from 2001 to 2010 at a teaching hospital in Badalona, Spain. MAIN MEASUREMENTS: Sociodemographic characteristics, drug use, medical comorbidities, and urine drug screens were obtained at admission...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741116/assessment-of-cost-of-innovation-versus-the-value-of-health-gains-associated-with-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-the-united-states-the-quality-adjusted-cost-of-care
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Zobair M Younossi, Haesuk Park, Douglas Dieterich, Sammy Saab, Aijaz Ahmed, Stuart C Gordon
BACKGROUND: New direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy has dramatically increased cure rates for patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), but has also substantially raised treatment costs. AIM: The aim of this analysis was to evaluate the therapeutic benefit and net costs (i.e. efficiency frontier) and the quality-adjusted cost of care associated with the evolution of treatment regimens for patients with HCV genotype 1 in the United States. DESIGN: A decision-analytic Markov model...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729825/benefits-of-peer-support-groups-in-the-treatment-of-addiction
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Kathlene Tracy, Samantha P Wallace
OBJECTIVE: Peer support can be defined as the process of giving and receiving nonprofessional, nonclinical assistance from individuals with similar conditions or circumstances to achieve long-term recovery from psychiatric, alcohol, and/or other drug-related problems. Recently, there has been a dramatic rise in the adoption of alternative forms of peer support services to assist recovery from substance use disorders; however, often peer support has not been separated out as a formalized intervention component and rigorously empirically tested, making it difficult to determine its effects...
2016: Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683637/thromboelastographic-reference-ranges-for-a-cirrhotic-patient-population-undergoing-liver-transplantation
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Lesley De Pietri, Marcello Bianchini, Gianluca Rompianesi, Elisabetta Bertellini, Bruno Begliomini
AIM: To describe the thromboelastography (TEG) "reference" values within a population of liver transplant (LT) candidates that underline the differences from healthy patients. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2013, 261 liver transplant patients with a model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score between 15 and 40 were studied. In particular the adult patients (aged 18-70 years) underwent to a first LT with a MELD score between 15 and 40 were included, while all patients with acute liver failure, congenital bleeding disorders, and anticoagulant and/or antiplatelet drug use were excluded...
September 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27669284/the-health-enlightenment-awareness-and-living-heal-intervention-outcome-of-an-hiv-and-hepatitis-b-and-c-risk-reduction-intervention
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Tabia Henry-Akintobi, Nastassia Laster, Jennie Trotter, DeBran Jacobs, Tarita Johnson, Tandeca King Gordon, Assia Miller
African American women have among the highest HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C incidence rates in the United States, especially among those homeless or incarcerated. The objective of this study was to evaluate the Health Enlightenment, Awareness and Living Intervention, designed to decrease HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and related risky behaviors. The thirteen-session intervention was implemented among homeless and formerly incarcerated low-income African American women, ages 18 to 55, in Atlanta, Georgia from 2006 to 2010...
September 24, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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