Apr 1, 2008 Issue
FDA Approves Alternative Dosing Schedule for Combined Hepatitis Vaccine [Practice Guidelines]

In April 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an alternative schedule for the combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine Twinrix (GlaxoSmithKline).

Aug 15, 2007 Issue
ACIP Releases Recommendations for Hepatitis B Vaccine Use in Adults [Practice Guidelines]

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released recommendations for hepatitis B vaccine use in adults. The most effective way to prevent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is administration of the hepatitis B vaccine.

Jan 1, 2007 Issue
Hepatitis B Vaccine for Infants of HBsAg-Positive Mothers [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Hepatitis B vaccine, hepatis B immune globulin, and the combination of both reduce the risk of transmission of hepatitis B virus from mother to newborn, especially in newborns of mothers positive for hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg). The combination of vaccine and immune globulin is more effective than vaccine alone.

Sep 1, 2006 Issue
AGA Releases Position Statement on Mangagement of Hepatitis C [Practice Guidelines]

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has released a review and position statement on the management of HCV infection.

Jun 15, 2006 Issue
Hepatitis A [Article]

The introduction of hepatitis A vaccines in 1995 led to a drop in the number of reported cases of hepatitis A and a shift to a higher percentage of cases occurring in older age groups. The hepatitis A virus survives for extended periods in the environment. Transmission primarily is fecal-oral, altho...

May 15, 2006 Issue
ACIP Updates Recommendations for Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Transmission [Practice Guidelines]

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its strategy to eliminate hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission in the United States.

Aug 15, 2005 Issue
Using Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin to Treat Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C [Article]

Hepatitis C virus is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States. The advent of new treatment regimens using pegylated interferons in combination with ribavirin has led to improved sustained viral response rates for some genotypes in large multicenter trials. Advances in the m...

Mar 1, 2005 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis C in Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: DV, a 35-year-old woman, is concerned about hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection after reading about celebrities who have the infection. She has been in a monogamous relationship for 10 years, has never used illicit drugs, and has never received a blood transfusion. She has no symptoms and is healthy.

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...

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