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Hepatitis B is one type of hepatitis – a liver disease- caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B spreads by contact with an infected person's blood, semen or other body fluid. An infected woman can give hepatitis B to her baby at birth.

If you get HBV, you may feel as if you have the flu, or you may have no symptoms at all. A blood test can tell if you have it. HBV usually gets better on its own after a few months. If it does not get better, it is called chronic HBV, which lasts a lifetime. Chronic HBV can lead to scarring of the liver, liver failure or liver cancer.

There is a vaccine for HBV. It requires three shots. All babies should get the vaccine, but older children and adults can get it too. If you travel to countries where Hepatitis B is common, you should get the vaccine.
Kalorama Information: NGS diagnostics can detect any number of genetic variants

Kalorama Information: NGS diagnostics can detect any number of genetic variants

Next generation sequencing may be able to bypass some of the downside of molecular testing and in doing so earn its place in clinical testing, according to Kalorama Information. [More]
Hepatic ALT flares linked to HBsAg clearance

Hepatic ALT flares linked to HBsAg clearance

Hepatic alanine aminotransferase flares are associated with rapid decline and greater annual reductions of hepatitis B surface antigen in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection who achieve HBsAg seroclearance, say Japanese researchers. [More]
dlDNA marks progression of HBV-related liver disease

dlDNA marks progression of HBV-related liver disease

The level of serum duplex-linear DNA increases markedly with liver disease progression and development of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, suggests research published in Gut. [More]
MSD announces EC approval of SIMPONI (golimumab) for treatment of adult patients with nr-axial SpA

MSD announces EC approval of SIMPONI (golimumab) for treatment of adult patients with nr-axial SpA

MSD (Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA) today announced that on 22 June the European Commission approved SIMPONI (golimumab) for the treatment of adult patients with severe, active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axial SpA). [More]
New book examines all aspects of HBV and HDV infections

New book examines all aspects of HBV and HDV infections

Despite the availability of an effective vaccine for hepatitis B, hundreds of millions of people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). This virus can cause serious liver damage and cancer in chronically infected patients. Hepatitis delta virus (HDV), a satellite of HBV, can exacerbate the disease. [More]
Beckman Coulter brings new thinking to new lab challenges at EuroMedLab 2015

Beckman Coulter brings new thinking to new lab challenges at EuroMedLab 2015

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics supports IFCC-EFLM EuroMedLab 2015 with a showcase of solutions to improve workflow for the diagnostics laboratory. Held from 22-24 June 2015 at the Paris Palais des Congrès France, the company demonstrates its dedication to moving the clinical diagnostic lab forward with its total laboratory solution—from automation, chemistry, immunoassay and haematology to microbiology and its new molecular diagnostics system. [More]
People with rheumatoid arthritis less likely to benefit from hepatitis B vaccine

People with rheumatoid arthritis less likely to benefit from hepatitis B vaccine

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) Press Conference showed that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are less likely to be protected by hepatitis B vaccination than the general population. [More]
Switching from Remicade to Inflectra benefits patients with rheumatic diseases

Switching from Remicade to Inflectra benefits patients with rheumatic diseases

Hospira, Inc., a global leader in biosimilars, today announced the results of an independent clinical study, showing patients with rheumatic diseases experienced comparable clinical effectiveness and safety after switching from Remicade™ to Inflectra. [More]
Baruch S. Blumberg Institute engaged to conduct study using ContraVir's new HBV therapeutic candidate

Baruch S. Blumberg Institute engaged to conduct study using ContraVir's new HBV therapeutic candidate

ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies, announced today that it has engaged the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, the non-profit research sister organization of the Hepatitis B Foundation, to conduct a series of experiments using ContraVir's hepatitis B program, CMX157. [More]
Telbivudine drug prevents perinatal transmission of HBV

Telbivudine drug prevents perinatal transmission of HBV

The antiviral drug telbivudine prevents perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), according to a study in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. [More]
miR-181b potential biomarker of replication, progression in chronic HBV

miR-181b potential biomarker of replication, progression in chronic HBV

A Chinese team reports a correlation between serum levels of microRNA-181b and hepatitis B virus replication and disease progression in patients with chronic HBV infection. [More]
TDF alone may be sufficient maintenance in chronic HBV patients

TDF alone may be sufficient maintenance in chronic HBV patients

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate monotherapy may be sufficient to maintain complete virological suppression in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection previously treated with TDF plus entecavir, suggests a review of patients. [More]
Meta-analysis sheds light on effectiveness of chronic HBV treatments

Meta-analysis sheds light on effectiveness of chronic HBV treatments

A meta-analysis of treatments for chronic hepatitis B virus infection suggests that tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is the most effective option for patients positive and negative for hepatitis B e antigen, but the latter group may also benefit from entecavir treatment. [More]
CLDF collaborates with Walgreens to offer free rapid HCV testing

CLDF collaborates with Walgreens to offer free rapid HCV testing

The Chronic Liver Disease Foundation announced today that it's collaborating with Walgreens to offer free hepatitis C (HCV) testing with the OraQuick HCV Rapid Test at more than 60 Walgreens retail pharmacies in 12 major cities throughout the country. [More]
UCB sponsoring several presentations on Cimzia for Crohn's disease at DDW 2015

UCB sponsoring several presentations on Cimzia for Crohn's disease at DDW 2015

UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company focusing on immunology and neurology treatment and research, is sponsoring several data presentations on Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) at Digestive Disease Week 2015, taking place in Washington, DC from May 16-19. [More]
MD Anderson researchers find significant clinical variations among liver cancer patients

MD Anderson researchers find significant clinical variations among liver cancer patients

Significant clinical variations exist among patients with the most common type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), depending on the viral cause of the disease -hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). These differences suggest that hepatitis status should be considered when developing treatment plans for newly diagnosed patients, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
HHMI selects two Boston University medical students to conduct full-time biomedical research

HHMI selects two Boston University medical students to conduct full-time biomedical research

Two medical students from Boston University have been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to conduct full-time biomedical research in its Medical Research Fellows Program. Joseph Park and Jacqueline Estevez are two of the selected 68 top medical and veterinary students from 37 different schools in the United States to receive this honor. [More]
TSRI researchers find interferon beta protein as prime suspect in persistent viral infections

TSRI researchers find interferon beta protein as prime suspect in persistent viral infections

Interferon proteins are normally considered virus-fighters, but scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found evidence that one of them, interferon beta (IFNβ), has an immune-suppressing effect that can help some viruses establish persistent infections. [More]
Hepatitis C common among HIV-positive patients in sub-Saharan Africa

Hepatitis C common among HIV-positive patients in sub-Saharan Africa

A new study has found high levels of infection with hepatitis C (HCV) across Africa, particularly in people infected with HIV... [More]
LaVision BioTec reports on the research work of the Milan-based Iannacone Laboratory to study virus responses using intravital microscopy

LaVision BioTec reports on the research work of the Milan-based Iannacone Laboratory to study virus responses using intravital microscopy

LaVison BioTec, developers of advanced microscopy solutions for the life sciences, report on the research of Dr Matteo Iannacone of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan where intravital microscopy is being applied to the study of host-viruses and associated immune responses. [More]
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