Navigation Links
The American Liver Foundation Encourages Heightened Awareness of Hepatitis B and C in Light of Recent Events in the News

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release and statements are attributed to The American Liver Foundation: The American Liver Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and improving the quality of life for the 30 million Americans with liver disease, issued a statement today expressing its concern over the recent reports that Nassau County physician Dr. Harvey Finkelstein made repeated use of medicine vials intended for single-patient use, potentially contaminating the vials.

"What is tragic about this situation," said Dr. Douglas Dieterich, Professor of Medicine, Liver Diseases, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Chairman of the Board of the Greater New York City Chapter of ALF, "is that innocent people are now at risk of contracting potentially deadly viruses: hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Although most Americans are familiar with HIV, most do not know about hepatitis B and C, the two most common forms of chronic liver disease. Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious and hepatitis C four times more infectious than HIV. More than 5 million Americans have hepatitis B or C. Viral hepatitis exhibits few if any symptoms, and the undetected illness can progress to a point where treatment may no longer be effective. These viral infections can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and death if untreated.

"When it comes to hepatitis, for example, many doctors don't know how it is transmitted or when to test their patients," said Dieterich. "Testing can allow for early diagnosis and treatment, preventing the virus from developing into cirrhosis of the liver or cancer."

Although hepatitis B is vaccine-preventable, there is no complete cure for those already infected. And while hepatitis C can be treated successfully for half of those infected, there is no vaccine to protect the uninfected. Hepatitis B and C infection can be avoided by using only sterile needles for tattoos or body piercing, avoiding injection drugs, and practicing safer sex.

"ALF works on many fronts in order to combat liver disease," said Rick Smith, the President and CEO of the American Liver Foundation. "Unfortunately, one of the greatest obstacles to overcoming liver disease is the ignorance and the stigma attached to it. That is why we provide medical seminars for physicians as well as awareness campaigns for the general public."

About the American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases including hepatitis. Please visit the American Liver Foundation's Web site at

SOURCE American Liver Foundation
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Older Americans Have Active Sex Lives
2. Despite grumbling, most Americans say they are happy at work
3. Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance
4. Longaberger Expands Horizon of Hope Campaign to Build Support for American Cancer Societys Breast Cancer Initiatives
5. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: Number of Uninsured Americans Grows to 47 Million
6. New Survey Shows Americans are Still Concerned About Food Safety, Yet Still Not Smart About What They Like to Eat
7. Novo Nordisk Appoints New Leader of North American Business
8. Amid Improving Life Expectancy Rates, Risk of Premature Death is Still Significant for Americans, New Study Shows
9. American Red Cross and FedEx Announce Collaboration to Help Small Businesses Get Prepared for Disaster
10. This October, the American Physical Therapy Associations National Physical Therapy Month to Focus on Nations Obesity Epidemic
11. The American Liver Foundation Appoints Rick Smith, a Twenty-Year Veteran of The MS Society, as Chief Executive Officer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... mental health professionals, announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. ... to the network of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June ... sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, ... of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 ... ... will discuss health policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June ... share their work on several important health care topics including advance care planning, ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern ... Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He ... Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from ... avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this ... coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... KNOXVILLE, Tenn. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... market providing less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal ... million in funding.  The Series-A funding is led ... the Lighthouse Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, ... less-invasive neurosurgical instrumentation and the market release of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Any dentist who has made an implant supported denture ... of them do not even offer this as a viable ... costs involved. And those who ARE able to offer that ... cost that the majority of today,s patients would not be ... , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor of Implanova ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that it ... (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing solution for people ... Roche is the first IVD company in the U.S ... assessment and management. PCT is a sepsis-specific ... blood can aid clinicians in assessing the risk of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: