November 8, 2016
Here's a look at some of the noteworthy hepatitis C (HCV) research being presented at The Liver Meeting 2016 in Boston from Nov. 11 to 15. The conference will gather hepatologists from around the world and feature some of the latest research and developments in the field of hepatitis C.
Take a sneak peak at some conference highlights:
Researchers will present updates on a program and care model known as ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), which aims to improve health outcomes in communities. The session will highlight the effectiveness of the ECHO model and how it can help improve hepatitis C care around the world. Specifically, the presenters will describe how to start a new ECHO project and where to obtain resources and technical assistance.
This session will give a "state-of-the-art" update on providing care for the more challenging communities living with hepatitis C by discussing clinical data and offering practical tips on patient management and best treatment options in the direct-acting antiviral (DAA) era. The presenters will help identify optimal treatment, particularly for patients with chronic kidney disease and those who inject drugs, and suggest how to improve cure rates.
Even though we have highly effective direct-acting antivirals that can cure hepatitis C, accessing and prescribing these medications can be a major obstacle to care, particularly due to restrictions set by many state Medicaid providers. This panel will bring together different stakeholders to discuss how to help resolve this problem.
Here are some other notable studies from the abstracts book:
Check back during and after the conference for our news and analysis.
Warren Tong is the senior science editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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