Just because many of the children in the current severe hepatitis outbreak were exposed to dogs, doesn’t mean dogs are the cause.
The eyes can reveal many health problems, from high cholesterol to thyroid disease.
Scientists are urgently trying to find the cause of the global outbreak of severe liver disease in young children. So far, adenovirus seems to be the best lead.
While COVID-19 hasn’t been ruled out as a potential cause, the leading contender is actually adenovirus, a common infection in children that can lead to hepatitis on rare occasions.
Nucleic acid vaccines use mRNA to give cells instructions on how to produce a desired protein.
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DNA and mRNA vaccines produce a different kind of immune response than traditional vaccines, allowing researchers to tackle some previously unsolvable problems in medicine.
HBV cases in Nigeria point to a potential liver disease crisis. Prevention and care efforts are needed.
A childhood vaccine given at birth is effective.
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World Hepatitis Day is a clear call to improve efforts towards eliminating a disease that globally kills one person every 30 seconds.
A cross section of lab-grown human liver tissue. The green shows the network of blood vessels.
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New strategy helps build synthetic organs from scratch. This enabled the researchers to grow functioning liver tissue in the lab that could be transplanted into mice with liver disease.
Hepatitis C led to an estimated 400,000 deaths in 2016.
Michael Houghton, an Edmonton-based virologist, was one of the recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for the discovery of hepatitis C.
Sub-Saharan Africa has a low uptake of the Hepatitis B vaccine compared to the rest of the world.
HIV/AIDS receives more funding than hepatitis, which is responsible for more deaths.
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About 19 million Nigerians have hepatitis but most of them don’t know it.
St. Patrick and Ireland may be mostly on your mind on March 17, but it’s also a time to toast your liver.
St. Patrick’s Day is typically a day of drinking and revelry, if not reverence for Ireland’s patron saint. In this year’s subdued celebration environment, a biochemist suggests thanking our livers.
Around 5% of adults and 90% of babies who contract hepatitis B go on to have life-long infection that can only be managed with regular medication.
Babies in Australia have been vaccinated against hepatitis B since May 2000, but 240,000 Australians still live with the disease.
Accepting a donor kidney with a small risk of carrying HIV or hepatitis B or C might be worth thinking about.
Organs from gay men or injecting drug users, often rejected for transplants, could safely be used, so long as donors test negative for infections such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
Hepatitis is a major public health burden.
Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have made vaccination and post-infection therapy available. But the number of those infected annually and dying from viral Hepatitis continues to be high.
No mother wants their baby to develop jaundice, but it turns out that they should probably be grateful.
Imported frozen pomegranate seeds have been linked to hepatitis A infections in NSW.
Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver. Symptoms usually take 15-50 days to develop after initial infection and typically last for several weeks or sometimes longer.
Hepatitis is a public health concern globally.
Hepatitis viruses are serious infections that damage the liver. There is an urgent need to deal with increased Hepatitis B infections in Kenya.
Women’s immune systems mount a significantly stronger response against invaders.
Women have evolved to have stronger immunity than men. But this comes with downsides -
women are more likely to have autoimmune diseases due to their “reactive” immune systems.
Tens of thousands of Australians have been cured of Hepatitis C since March 2016.
Australia has been subsidising drugs to cure hepatitis C since March 2016. Unlike in many other countries, these are available to everyone with the disease and are much cheaper for our government.