Hepatitis News

Hepatitis refers to a group of viral diseases that affect the liver and often cause inflammation and other complications in this organ. There are a variety of different types of hepatitis, and they are classified with different letter designations, such as hepatitis A, B, C, etc. Many who have hepatitis aren’t aware of it.


The different types of hepatitis are identified by the virus that causes them. Hepatitis A, for example, does not cause a chronic infection or liver disease. It is primarily passed from person to person or through contaminated food, and it can be prevented by a vaccination.

Hepatitis B, on the other hand, is much more serious and can lead to long-term problems such as scarring of the liver, liver failure, liver cancer and even death. It is transmitted through contact with blood, mucus or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is quite similar to hepatitis B. Both diseases often only cause an acute illness rather than a chronic infection.

You can also get hepatitis D or E, which are rarer forms of hepatitis. Hepatitis D is actually a complication of chronic hepatitis B, and only those who already have a hepatitis B infection will get it. Hepatitis E is similar to hepatitis A in that it doesn’t cause a chronic infection, but there is not a vaccine for this form of hepatitis.

Prevention and Treatment

The most common chronic forms of hepatitis, B and C, are passed from person to person through practices such as sharing drug needles, sharing things like razors or toothbrushes or having unsafe sex with an infected person. So it’s important to avoid practices like this to prevent spreading the infection. Immunizations also play a key role in preventing the spread of hepatitis

If you contract a minor form of hepatitis, it will typically go away on its own over time. If it becomes chronic hepatitis, however, there are medications that can help manage the condition and prevent it from getting worse. Chronic hepatitis cannot be cured, but regular use of medications can often prevent complications such as liver damage, liver failure or liver cancer.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Hepatitis Alliance.

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Hepatitis C cases disturbingly high and on the rise, according to new government report.

Hepatitis C Screening May Boost Opioid Treatment Success

When people find out they have the infection, they're more likely to stay off drugs

Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients?

Study from Taiwan finds link between aspirin use and reduced cancer risk

Hundreds Hospitalized in San Diego as Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads

Drug users, the homeless most affected; county has launched vaccination effort

Vaccine Campaign in Poor Countries to Save 20 Million Lives

Program will also save $350 billion in health care costs by 2020, study says

Hep B Vaccine Should Be Given Sooner: Pediatricians Group

Shot should come within 24 hours of delivery, and not at first checkup

Mavyret Approved for Hepatitis C

A chronic viral infection of the liver

Researchers Grow Functioning Liver Tissue in Mice

If successful in people, it could ease shortage of transplant organs, MIT scientist says

Cancer Deaths Higher in Rural America, CDC Reports

Agency head calls persistent geographic gap a 'significant public health problem'

U.S. Liver Cancer Deaths Have Doubled Since 1980s: Study

It's now fifth-leading cause of cancer death in men and No. 8 among women

New Combo Pill Offers Hope to Hepatitis C Patients Who Fail Other Treatment

3-drug mixture was nearly 100 percent effective in drug company trials

New Hepatitis C Infections Hit 15-Year High: CDC

Many stemmed from rising use of injected drugs linked to the current opioid epidemic, officials say

A 2nd Life for Risky Kidney Transplants?

Doctors say they cleared hepatitis C in organ recipients, perhaps shortening transplant waits

High Rates of Hepatitis C in Pregnancy Mirror Opioid Epidemic: CDC

Rural counties seem hardest hit, researcher says

New Hepatitis C Treatments More Effective, Tolerable: FDA

Screening for the often-silent disease remains key, especially in baby boomers

FDA Approves Hep C Drugs for Kids 12 and Older

Previously allowed only for adults

Infections More Common in People With Schizophrenia

Ills include HIV, hepatitis and the serious blood infection sepsis, study suggests

Hepatitis Infection May Raise Risk for Parkinson's Disease

New study adds to evidence that these conditions might be linked somehow

Better Efforts Could Help Rid the U.S. of Hepatitis B, C: Report

Plus, 90,000 fewer deaths would occur by 2030, study authors estimate

New Hepatitis C Drugs Might Eliminate the Disease

But not everyone responds completely to the medicines and cost remains a big obstacle, researchers say

Baby Boomers Get an 'F' for Hep C Testing

Screening rates for the dangerous virus remain low despite recommendations, study finds

U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated

CDC panel revises immunization advisory for vaccines affecting adults

Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years: CDC

Yet, many drug users still share needles sometimes, report finds

Serious Infections Tied to Suicide Risk

Danish study finds greater association in those hospitalized with HIV or hepatitis

Sharing Drug 'Snorting Straws' Spreads Hepatitis C

Study highlights more fallout from opioid epidemic

Epclusa Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C

Combination drug treats six major forms of HCV

Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

And researchers say alcohol can worsen the chronic liver condition

Hepatitis C Now Leading Infectious Disease Killer in U.S.

CDC notes that nearly 20,000 Americans died in 2014 from the widespread, but treatable, illness

Generic Hepatitis C Drugs as Effective as Pricey Brand Names: Study

Inexpensive antivirals could be a game-changer in many countries, researchers say

Hepatitis C Therapy May Reduce Need for Liver Transplants

If findings are confirmed, treatment could cut number of patients on waiting lists, researchers say

Hepatitis C-Infected Liver Transplants May Work Well for Those With the Virus

Findings might help reduce organ waiting list, researchers say

Head and Neck Cancers May Be Linked to Hepatitis C

Researcher sees need for improved screening, treatment

Ridding U.S. of Hepatitis B, C as 'Public Health Problem' Possible: Experts

Vaccine for hepatitis B and drugs that cure hepatitis C infection are giving health officials new hope

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

But there's been a concerning increase in liver cancer, experts say

Zepatier Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C

Liver disease affects some 3 million Americans