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Cenicriviroc May Reduce Fibrosis in People with Fatty Liver Disease

Cenicriviroc, a drug that blocks both CCR5 and CCR2 receptors on immune cells, was associated with a decrease in liver fibrosis in people with non-alcoholic steatosis, a type of fatty liver disease, according to a report in the August 17 online edition of Hepatology.

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HR17: Heroin Combined with Fentanyl Is Driving Overdose Crisis in U.S.

New sources of heroin and increasing adulteration with fentanyl and other stronger analogs are contributing to a growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in several regions of the U.S., researchers reported at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference last month in Montreal.

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HR17: Drug Checking Reveals High Levels of Fentanyl Contamination

A pilot project to check the purity of drugs at Vancouver's Insite safe injection facility found that around 80% of tested samples contained fentanyl, and people who learned their drugs were contaminated were more likely to reduce their doses and less likely to overdose, researchers reported at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this week in Montreal.

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HR17: People May Use Cannabis and Drug Cocktails as a Form of Harm Reduction

People who use drugs have come up with innovative strategies that help them reduce harm, including using marijuana to decrease crack use and mixing heroin with methamphetamine to moderate the effects of meth or prolong the duration of heroin, according to presentations at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference last month in Montreal.

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HR17: Hydromorphone Works as Well as Heroin-Assisted Drug Addiction Treatment

Hydromorphone was as effective as pharmaceutical heroin for opioid addiction treatment, but it was associated with fewer serious side effects, according to results from the SALOME trial presented at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this week in Montreal.

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PAS 2017: New Approaches Help Babies with Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

Letting mothers and babies room together and using methadone or buprenorphine instead of morphine to manage withdrawal symptoms leads to shorter stays and other benefits for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), according to several presentations at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting this month in San Francisco.

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HR17: AA Amyloidosis Is an Unrecognized Problem Among People Who Inject Drugs

AA amyloidosis, a condition resulting from skin and soft tissue infections that can lead to kidney failure, may be more common than previously recognized among people who inject drugs, according to a presentation at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this week in Montreal.

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Coverage of the 2017 Harm Reduction International Conference

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2017 Harm Reduction International Conference, May 14-17, 2017, in Montreal.

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PAS 2017: Vaccine Reduces Human Papillomavirus Prevalence Among Young Women

The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) types included in the most widely used vaccine has decreased among adolescent and young women in the U.S., with "herd immunity" extending to those who were not vaccinated themselves, according to study results presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting last week in San Francisco.

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