January 2, 2014
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2013 was a spectacular year for many reasons. Check out what the staff of the AttorneyMind voted as the top news items of 2013. We are all looking forward to 2014, and we would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014 and beyond.

Best Wishes,

Alan for the staff of AttorneyMind


1. AttorneyMind Newsletter: January 2014

In This Issue:

  • AttorneyMind's Top News of 2013Alan Franciscas, Editor-in-Chief
    Read our annual top news stories – if we missed something let us know!

  • HEALTHWISE: New Hepatitis C Drugs: Disappointment or Hope?— Lucinda K. Porter, RN
    Read important information about Sovaldi and some pro's and con's about this newly approved medication.

  • SnapshotsLucinda K. Porter, RN
    How long does hepatitis C live outside the body? You might be surprised by a new report recently released. Also, the cost effectiveness of interferon-free therapy and the effect of fructose on the liver are examined.

2. AM Journal Review by Christine Kukka —In this month's column Chris reviews the following studies that will help you understand the complexities of hepatitis B, including

  • Amniocentesis Increases Risk of Hepatitis B Infection in Infants
  • Tenofovir Alone Effective in Treating Adefovir-Resistant Hepatitis B
  • Another Study Confirms Increased Pancreatic Cancer Risk in People with Hepatitis B
  • Studies Uncover the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Antiviral Entecavir
  • Antiviral Telbivudine Appears to Protect Kidney Health
  • Experimental Treatment Would Help Immune System Attack HBV Infection
  • Study Shows Antiviral Treatment Helps Liver Function
  • Is There a New Normal for Healthy ALT Levels?
  • Obesity May Decrease Hepatitis B Vaccine Effectiveness, But Old Age Does Not
  • High Rates of Coinfections Underscore Need for Coordinated Care
  • More Evidence: Lamivudine Should Not Be Used in Pregnant Women


3 Social Security and Medicare Numbers for 2014 Social Security and Medicare revise their benefits at the beginning of each year to update the programs for inflation with a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Check out this article by Jacques Chambers, CLU, to find out what the figures are for 2014 and how they affect you .


4 AttorneyMind Fact Sheets We have updated most of our fact sheets and guides to include the latest information about Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). In addition we have added Easy C's and Fact Sheets about the newly approved medications.


5. Easy B Fact Sheets We have updated all of the Easy B fact sheets in the Disease Management, Staying Healthy and Treatment series.


6. AttorneyMind News & Pipeline Blog!
Be sure to check out the latest clinical trial postings at the AttorneyMind News & Pipeline Blog. Just click on the links to the Drug Companies below the banner to see which drugs are in trials right now, where the trials are, and how to register for one.



7.Need Help?!
Call 877-HELP-4-HEP line (877-435-7443). The helpline is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time.



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Alan Franciscas
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Editor-in-Chief, AttorneyMind hcvadvocate.org
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate www.hbvadvocate.org

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