The state Board of Medical Examiners filed 10-count complaints Monday against two doctors linked to a hepatitis C outbreak in southern Nevada, and the state attorney general filed motions in court to keep the doctors from practicing until the complaints are resolved.More>>
Patients who visited the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada between 2004 and 2008 were told to be tested, but the clinic has been open since 2000, leaving four more years in question. Reporter Aaron Drawhorn has the details.More>>
Diabetic patients who have undergone procedures at the Endoscopy Center have special concerns. Diabetes by itself is already a risk factor for liver disease. So, some patients are worried that if they also contract hepatitis-C, they may be at higher risk for complications.More>>
More and more valley residents are getting test results back after learning they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV. One local woman, who already knows she has the hepatitis-C virus, now says she believes the Endoscopy Center is responsible. Reporter Melissa Duran has her story.More>>
Hepatitis-C is a difficult disease to treat. A local infectious disease specialist told Eye on Health, the options are very limited and some people may not be able to stand the treatment.
Hepatitis-C is a liver disease caused by a blood-borne virus. It's spread by contact with the blood of an infected person. Las Vegas infectious disease specialist, Eugene Speck says of the various forms of hepatitis, the C-type is more common and more likely to result in a sustained, chronic infection.
"Probably the number one reason for a liver transplant in the United States is hepatitis-C," said Dr. Speck.
There is no cure-all drug for hepatitis-C. The standard treatment to stop the virus is a combination of two drugs, which some patients find difficult to tolerate.
"The treatment itself, which is Interferon and a drug called Ribavirin, is fraught with a lot of side-effects," said Dr. Speck.
Interferon is derived from a natural anti-viral protein. Ribavirin is a synthetic compound that also helps irradiate the virus. The two may be used in combination as long as the side effects are tolerable. Otherwise, Interferon would be used by itself.
Side-effects range from flu-like symptoms, to hair loss, to anemia. And after all that, the therapy may not work.
"People may relapse, have to be re-treated. It can be a long drawn-out affair," said Dr. Speck.
Dr. Speck says on average, 1 to 3-percent of hepatitis-C patients will die from it.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-05-15 20:58:55 GMT
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone,.More>>
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone, and whether women should have breast surgery, even if they don't have cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-02 22:25:44 GMT
We usually think of women when we talk about breast cancer, but men are affected as wellin fact about 2-thousand men in this country country are diagnosed with breast cancer everyone, and about 400 die from the disease.More>>
Most discussions about breast cancer tend to focus on women, but men are also affected by the disease. Every year, nearly 2,000 men in this country are diagnosed with breast cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 3:21 PM EDT2013-05-02 19:21:04 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally. TheMore>>
New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally.More>>
Wednesday kicks off American Stroke Month, and medical professionals want people to recognize the warning signs of strokes. Two doctors and stroke experts discussed the dangers on 8 News NOW This Morning.