Interview with Dr. Tim Block of the Hepatitis B Foundation

31 03 2007

PKIDs interviews Dr. Tim Block of the Hepatitis B Foundation. For more information, visit or

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HBF Patient Conference

21 03 2007

Sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) will be held June 8 – 9, 2007, at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
This year the Patient Conference will include a special session for parents of children with Hepatitis B on the afternoon of Friday, June 8th!
The featured speaker for the parent session is Dr. Maureen Jonas, of Children’s Hospital,  Boston.  Dr. Jonas is a renowned pediatric hepatologist.  Her research focuses on liver disease in children with emphasis on viral hepatitis.
Topics such as What should I know about Hepatitis BWho to tell, and What to tell my child will be discussed.  Disclosure topics will be discussed with Augie Acevedo, LMSW.  All discussions will be moderated by Chris Kukka and Maureen Kamischke
Saturday will include a day filled with expert guest speakers, doctors and researchers, including author and liver disease specialist, Dr. Melissa Palmer. 
Workshop sessions will be offered in topics such as:  Hepatitis B Basics, Talking to Friends, Family and Lovers, Alternative and Complementary Therapies and a session on Children and HBV run by Maureen Kamischke and Chris Kukka. 
This is a great opportunity for parents of children with hepatitis B to meet face-to-face to discuss topics with both experts and friends. 
Register online today:
Make Your Hotel Reservations Before May 8.
Special conference rates of $99/room have been reserved a the Philadelphia Holiday Inn for the Hepatitis B Patient Conference.  Call 215-735-9300 before May 8th to reserve!
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Peggy Farley
Visit the HBF website at for a complete agenda listing.


Sweat and HBV

9 03 2007

Study of wrestlers suggests vaccinating Olympians against the disease

A recent article from Reuters reported that “findings from a study of Olympic wrestlers indicate that hepatitis B virus is found in the sweat of infected individuals, and so sweating might be a way that the virus could be passed between participants in contact sports.”

We all know that HBV is transmitted through blood and other body fluids, but sweat was never considered a viable route of transmission.  This is the first study that has looked at the possibility of sweat carrying the virus and it found HBV DNA in the sweat of some HBV+ study participants.

Researchers concluded that “evidence is emerging that the incidence of occult HBV in Olympic wrestling is higher than expected and that transmission of HBV may also occur through sweat.”

Recommendations from the study are that sports organizations make it “obligatory for all participants involved in contact sports and playing under adult rules to be vaccinated against hepatitis B.”

Interview with Kristine Sheedy of the CDC

1 03 2007

Kristine Sheedy is the Acting Deputy Associate Director of Communications for the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Topic: influenza vaccine and surrounding issues, such as vaccine shortages and thimerosol. See or for more information.

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