• Is Combination Therapy Most Effective for HBV Infection?

Is Combination Therapy Most Effective for HBV Infection?

A significantly greater proportion of patients receiving a combination of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and pegylated interferon-α (peginterferon) for 48 weeks lost hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), a marker of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA transcriptional activity, compared to patients given the standard care (peginterferon or TDF alone), researchers report

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  • Gilead Sells Sofosbuvir to Egypt for About $10 per Pill

Gilead Sells Sofosbuvir to Egypt for About $10 per Pill

In Egypt, pharmaceutical companies are testing a complicated deal to sell hepatitis C drugs at a fraction of their usual cost while imposing tight restrictions intended to protect lucrative markets in the West. According to the New York Times, Gilead Sciences Inc. is selling its sofosbuvir to the Egyptian government

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  • What is the Best way to Manage Diverticulitis, and how Many People Have it?

What is the Best way to Manage Diverticulitis, and how Many People Have it?

Not all patients with multiple episodes of diverticulitis should undergo preventative surgery, shows a Markov decision model published in the January 2016 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Elective surgery after 2 episodes produces fewer quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) than surgery after 3 episodes or conservative or medical treatments, the model found.

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New Treatment Approved by FDA for Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called sebelipase alfa (Kanuma) as the first-ever treatment for lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL)—a rare inherited disorder. LAL deficiency causes a build-up of fats within the cells of various tissues that can lead to liver and cardiovascular diseases and other complications.

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Should Patients with Crohn’s Disease Continue Receiving Immunomodulators When Starting Anti-TNF Therapy?

Continued use of immunomodulator therapy in patients with Crohn’s disease receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy is no more effective than anti-TNF monotherapy in inducing or maintaining response or remission, researchers show. The meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials is published in the December issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. There is debate

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  • Medicaid Denies Almost 50% of Prescriptions for Hepatitis C Drugs in 4 States

Medicaid Denies Almost 50% of Prescriptions for Hepatitis C Drugs in 4 States

Medicaid programs in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania denied nearly half of all claims in the past year for direct-acting antiviral (DAA) hepatitis C drugs, according to an analysis of pharmacy data presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2015 Liver Meeting. The finding confirms

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  • Gut Microbiome Determines Efficacy of Cancer Immunotherapy

Gut Microbiome Determines Efficacy of Cancer Immunotherapy

Specific groups of intestinal microbes can boost the anti-tumor effects of cancer immunotherapies in mice, researchers show. Cancer immunotherapies that block immune inhibitory pathways have been tested in patients with several tumor types, but responses have varied. A study published in Science, while not the first to link gut microbes

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  • Improving Outcomes of Patients With Fibrosing Cholestatic Hepatitis C

Improving Outcomes of Patients With Fibrosing Cholestatic Hepatitis C

Sofosbuvir-based regimens, with or without daclatasvir, greatly improve the clinical status of patients who develop fibrosing cholestatis hepatitis (FCH) after liver transplantation for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and most of the patients achieve a sustained virologic response (SVR), researchers report in the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. These results

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  • Special Issue: Managing Patients With Liver Disease

Special Issue: Managing Patients With Liver Disease

A special issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology is dedicated to the clinical management of hepatic disorders, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). The issue comprises 14 review articles that aim to present clinicians with evidence-based guidance and expert opinions on management of patients with liver

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  • What is the Best Treatment for Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis?

What is the Best Treatment for Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis?

Corticosteroids, alone or in combination with pentoxifylline or N-acetylcysteine (NAC), reduce short-term mortality in patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis, a meta-analysis shows in the October issue of Gastroenterology. However, there is no treatment to reduce medium-term mortality, the authors find. Severe alcoholic hepatitis is characterized by progressive inflammatory injury to hepatocytes and

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