Health / Salud
University Hospital is one of America’s Best Hospitals
0 | By Donald Finley
San Antonio.- U.S. News & World Report today released the 25th edition of the annual Best Hospitals rankings, and University Health System earned significant regional, state and national recognition. In the report, U.S. News names University Hospital best in San Antonio, No. 6 in Texas, and among the top 50 in the country for the care of patients with kidney disease.
New pill regimens published in The Lancet cure hardest-to-treat hepatitis C patients
0 | By Patrick Magallanes
San Antonio.- Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the Texas Liver Institute and other institutions have identified a combination of pills that cures 9 of 10 hepatitis C patients.
The combination of the drugs sofosbuvir and simeprevir, with or without ribavirin, cured 93 percent of patients in 12 weeks, and was well tolerated by patients, according to the study published today in The Lancet.
Eric Lawitz, M.D., clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center and vice president of research and scientific development at the Texas Liver Institute, led the clinical trial conducted in the United States.
News of this study is important because encouraging people to take a simple blood test to diagnose hepatitis C could result in their being treated with an oral regimen that could prevent serious liver diseases such as cancer, cirrhosis or liver failure. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplants in the U.S. today.
It is estimated that 3.2 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C and most do not know they are infected. Historically, cure rates for hepatitis C patients with cirrhosis have been lower than 50 percent and the treatment has had numerous adverse effects. The previous standard of care with interferon involved a complicated regimen of shots and up to 18 tablets a day for up to 48 weeks, and subsequent six months of follow-up care to determine if the therapy was successful. There were also major side effects with the treatment, including rash, anemia and depression.
“We are now in the midst of a paradigm shift of moving away from complicated injection regimens that included interferon and often caused significant side effects with modest success rates,” Dr. Lawitz said. “This trial provides a glimpse into the outcomes of sofosbuvir and simeprevir for treatment of hepatitis C. Both drugs are approved by the FDA but are not yet approved together for this treatment,” he said.
All-oral regimens hold promise for a hepatitis C cure rate of more than 90 percent of patients, including those with liver cirrhosis (liver scarring). Participants in the study had the most common form of hepatitis C (genotype 1) and were difficult to treat due to either failing a previous course of interferon and ribavirin, or having cirrhosis.
More than 150 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis C, a major cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, with 350,000 to 500,000 deaths reported annually.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of U.S. residents with chronic hepatitis C were born from 1945 through 1965. For this reason, the CDC recommends people born during these years have a one-time test for hepatitis C to prevent the risk of more serious health problems.
The study was funded by Janssen.
Metro Health Immunizations Clinic holds Back-to-School event
0 | By Carol Schliesinger
San Antonio.- The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) immunization clinic located at the Frank Garrett Center; 1226 NW 18th street will host a back-to-school immunization event on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location offers ample free parking in a neighborhood setting. Metro Health’s Immunization Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and walk-ins are only accepted during this period. The public may also attend one of several back-to-school health fairs taking place in San Antonio (see attached schedule).
Chef Leticia Moreinos promueve la salud como un estilo de vida
0 | por Ana Cristina González
San Antonio, TX.- El cuidado de la salud es uno de los temas que actualmente se encuentra muy de moda, y es que cada vez son más los alimentos que producen enfermedades. Por esto, la chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz visitó San Antonio para demostrar recetas saludables en el evento Latina Health Fair, en donde el tema principal fue el combate de la diabetes.
CHRISTUS New Braunfels Texas Ten Step Program designation renewed
0 | By Rachel Roberts
New Braunfels, Texas.- CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels (CSRH – NB) is continuing to take major steps towards improving the health of newborns and infants by once again earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The designation in the Birthing Center at CSRH – NB was initially received in 2003 and has been renewed every year since the program’s inception.