WHO is­sues its first Hep­ati­tis B treat­ment guide­lines

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Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion has is­sued its firstever guid­ance for the treat­ment of chronic hep­ati­tis B, which spreads through blood and body flu­ids, af­fects the liver and re­sults in 650,000 deaths each year. "Th­ese new guide­lines will help clin­i­cians make the right de­ci­sions," says Ste­fan Wiktor, who leads WHO's Global Hep­ati­tis Pro­gramme. Key rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude the use of a few sim­ple non-in­va­sive tests to as­sess the stage of liver dis­ease; pri­ori­tis­ing treat­ment for those with cir­rho­sis; the use of drugs teno­fovir and en­te­cavir for treat­ing chronic hep­ati­tis B; and regular mon­i­tor­ing for early de­tec­tion of liver can­cer.

COUR­TESY: WIKI­ME­DIA .ORG

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