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EASL 2015: Expanded Vaccination and Treatment Could Help Eliminate Hepatitis B Worldwide

While universal infant hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination has already led to major advances in reducing new infections in some settings, further expansion of prevention and treatment are needed to significantly reduce HBV transmission and liver disease mortality, according to an analysis presented at the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) 50th International Liver Congress this week in Vienna.

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HIV Controllers Respond Better to Hepatitis B Vaccine

HIV positive natural controllers who maintain undetectable or low viral load without antiretroviral therapy (ART) are more likely to achieve adequate response to hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination and have improved survival, according to a study published in the August 21 edition of the open-access journal PLoS ONE.

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AASLD 2013: Hepatitis B Vaccine Protection Lasts at Least 30 Years

Hepatitis B vaccination provides long-term protection through 30 years for a majority of recipients, and more than 90% were protected with either initial immunization or a booster, according to a presentation at the 64th AASLD Liver Meeting last week in Washington, DC.

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EASL 2014: Sci-B-Vac Bests Engerix-B for Preventing Mother-to-Child HBV Transmission

An investigational vaccine known as Sci-B-Vac given to babies born to women with hepatitis B was more effective at preventing HBV infection than the widely used Engerix-B vaccine, according to a report at the EASL International Liver Congress this month in London.

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IDWeek 2013: Tenofovir May Help Prevent Mother-to-child Hepatitis B Transmission

Taking tenofovir (Viread) during the final months of pregnancy may provide extra protection against perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), along with immunization of the infant, according to a late-breaker presentation the Second IDWeek conference last week in San Francisco.alt

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CDC Updates Guidance for Hepatitis B Vaccination of Health-care Providers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published updated guidance for evaluating and ensuring protection against hepatitis B virus (HBV) for health-care workers, as well as post-exposure prophylaxis recommendations for those without adequate vaccine protection.

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FDA Rejects Heplisav Hepatitis B Vaccine Seeking More Safety Data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declined to approve Dynavax Technologies' experimental hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine candidate with a toll-like receptor 9 adjuvant, stating it wants to see further data on safety in adults including seniors, the company announced this week.

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