Sep 15, 2004 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis C in Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection based on the USPSTF’s examination of evidence specific to asymptomatic persons for HCV testing and treatment.

Mar 15, 2004 Issue
Management of Hepatitis C: Evaluating Suitability for Drug Therapy [Article]

Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is a common and serious disease. Although an estimated 2.7 million persons in the United States have this disease, most have not yet been diagnosed. Recent advances in treatment provide successful cure in 50 to 80 percent of cases. Current drug therapy consists of...

Jan 1, 2004 Issue
Hepatitis B [Article]

Hepatitis B causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. More than 400 million persons, including 1.25 million Americans, have chronic hepatitis B. In the United States, chronic hepatitis B virus infection is responsible for about 5,000 annual deaths from cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcin...

Dec 15, 2003 Issue
Adefovir (Hepsera) for Chronic Hepatitis B Infection [STEPS]

Adefovir offers an effective first-line alternative for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. It also may prove to be useful in patients who have failed therapy with lamivudine as well as in patients who have difficulty tolerating interferon alfa-2b. How it compares with other agents or with combination therapy is unknown.

Nov 1, 2003 Issue
Probability of Cirrhosis in Patients with Hepatitis C [Point-of-Care Guides]

Hepatitis C is a growing health concern. An estimated 3.9 million persons in the United States are infected with hepatitis C virus; 2.7 million of these persons have chronic infection. Cirrhosis develops in approximately 7 percent of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection.

Jun 15, 2003 Issue
CDC Updates Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Infections with Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings [Practice Guidelines]

The National Center for Infectious Diseases recently issued consolidated and updated guidelines for the prevention and control of infections with hepatitis viruses in juvenile and adult correctional settings.

Oct 1, 2001 Issue
Confronted by an Unexpected Laboratory Result [Curbside Consultation]

As we can see, an inadvertent laboratory test result may lead to a cascade of further tests—possibly resulting in unnecessary morbidity or even (rarely) mortality. Each year, millions of screening tests are ordered in violation of recommended guidelines—because of simple clerical error (as in this c...

Apr 1, 2000 Issue
ACIP Recommendations for the Prevention of Hepatitis A Through Immunization [Practice Guidelines]

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed recommendations for the prevention of hepatitis A infection through active or passive immunization.

Feb 1, 2000 Issue
Palpable Shin Lesions [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Jan 15, 1999 Issue
Hepatitis C: Part II. Prevention Counseling and Medical Evaluation [Article]

An estimated 3.9 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), and most do not know that they are infected. This group includes persons who are at risk for HCV-associated chronic liver disease and who also serve as reservoirs for transmission of HCV to others. Because there is no vacc...

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