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2009-11-02 05:00:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and BOSTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A methacetin breath test (MBT) that can be performed quickly and noninvasively has been proven to accurately predict survival in patients with viral hepatitis and may be used as an adjunctive tool to MELD. "The breath test has to be validated on a large cohort of patients," said Gadi Lalazar, MD, principal investigator on this study "but if it is validated, this non invasive liver function test will be able to identify liver impairment at...

2009-10-29 15:21:00

Landmark Legislation to Increase Public Awareness of Disease Impacting Over 5 Million Americans WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bipartisan legislation introduced today in the US House of Representatives, "The Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control Act," will increase awareness and prevention of a disease that is already afflicting over 5 million Americans - more than half of whom do not know they are infected - and will help set the stage to avoid tens of billions of...

2009-10-20 06:55:00

LACONIA, N.H., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In the United States alone, it is estimated that up to four million people carry the Hepatitis C virus. More common than HIV, the Hepatitis C infection rate is expected to continue to rise. Despite these alarming facts, most people know little about the liver disease, apart from its name, and that's exactly why one survivor, Gregory David, is shedding light on the seriousness of the disease through his personal account, Breaking Free from Hepatitis...

2009-09-17 07:33:17

More than seventy percent of people who contract Hepatitis C will live with the virus that causes it for the rest of their lives and some will develop serious liver disease including cancer. However, 30 to 40 percent of those infected somehow defeat the infection and get rid of the virus with no treatment. In this week's Advanced Online Publication at Nature, Johns Hopkins researchers working as part of an international team report the discovery of the strongest genetic alteration associated...

2009-09-01 10:25:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: Chronic viral hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis that costs the nation's health system hundreds of millions of dollars each year, yet attracts little public attention. As many as 2 million people in the United States are living with chronic hepatitis B and an estimated 3.2 million are chronically infected with hepatitis C. However, most do not even...

2009-08-04 07:30:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 4, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company developing antiviral therapies, announced today that it has licensed the exclusive worldwide rights to novel Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) technology from Stanford University. This technology, discovered in the lab of Stanford scientist and Eiger founder Dr. Jeffrey Glenn, M.D., Ph.D., is focused on a variety of novel targets, including key features of NS4B, a non-structural protein in the...

2009-07-23 08:14:05

Results of a long-awaited study of 3,070 American adults at Johns Hopkins and 118 other U.S. medical centers show that treatment with either of the two standard antiviral drug therapies is safe and offers the best way for people infected with hepatitis C to prevent liver scarring, organ failure and death.A report on the so-called comparative effectiveness study, believed to be the largest of its kind conducted on people with hepatitis C infections, appears in the New England Journal of...

2009-05-19 09:13:00

Greater Investments in Public Health a Must Federal Leadership Needed to Focus Policy Actions at the Federal Level WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, on the second annual World Hepatitis Day, more than 200 viral hepatitis groups around the world have planned observances to raise global awareness, and calling for international and national support for improvements in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support for people living with chronic viral hepatitis B and C. In the United...

2009-05-18 11:37:00

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- - Global Epidemic Kills One Person Every 30 Seconds and One Million People Will Die Before the World Health Assembly Meets Again in 2010 Ahead of the second annual World Hepatitis Day, the World Hepatitis Alliance today called on governments not to forget the plight of 500 million people living with hepatitis B and C, as the World Health Assembly postpones discussion of a World Health Organization (WHO) resolution on viral hepatitis -...

2009-05-04 14:13:38

Patients with chronic hepatitis C that has been resolved through therapy or immune response may still be able to infect others with the virus. That finding is from a new study in the May issue of Hepatology, a journal published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). The article is also available online at Wiley Interscience. About 170 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C virus, which can progress to chronic...


Latest Viral hepatitis Reference Libraries

Hepatitis B
2013-02-25 09:11:23

Image Caption: This electron micrograph reveals the presence of hepatitis-B virus HBV "Dane particles", or virions. Credit: CDC/Wikipedia Hepatitis B: What Is It? Hepatitis simply means a swelling or inflammation of the liver. The type hepatitis that a person contracts (there are 5 common forms) affects their long-term prognosis. The most common and most severe of these different types of liver infection is Hepatitis B, which is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is typically...

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2011-01-24 12:50:52

Hepatitis A, caused by hepatitis A virus, is an acute infectious disease of the liver that is transmitted person to person by ingestion of contaminated food or water or through direct contact with an infectious person. Millions of people are believed to become infected with HAV every year. The incubation period is two to six weeks and on average is 28 days. In less developed countries the HAV is usually contracted in early childhood. Clean water helps to decrease contraction of HAV. In 90%...

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2011-01-20 19:23:30

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae. It consists of a core of genetic material surrounded by an icosahedra protective shell of protein. The genome consists of a single open reading frame that is 9600 nucleotide bases long. HCV replication takes several steps. It primarily replicates in the hepatocytes of the liver. It can also reproduce in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. There is a wide variety of genotypes and...

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2011-01-20 19:14:56

Hepatitis B virus, HBV, is a part of the Hepadnaviridae family of viruses. HBV can lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma and has been linked to pancreatic cancer. It is classified as a species of the Orthohepadnavirus. Similar viruses have been found worldwide in great apes and monkeys. There a few different genotypes and they all differ by at least 8% of the sequence and have distinct geographical distributions and this has been associated with anthropological history. Type A is...

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2011-01-12 15:49:29

Hepadnaviruses can cause liver infections in humans and animals. The two recognized genera are Genus Orthohepadnavirus and Genus Avihepadnavirus. It has a small genome of partially double-stranded, partially single stranded circular DNA. It is a group 7 virus that uses an RNA intermediate during replication. Most people who come into contact with the virus are able to clear the infection alone although some cannot and usually progress to fulminant hepatitis. It can cause sever liver...

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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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