Hep B Foundation Conference

15 05 2009

The Hepatitis B Foundation is having its annual B Informed Patient Conference.  We want folks to know about it, so here’s the info from their website and for registration details, click here:

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The 2009 B Informed Patient Conference, sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation in partnership with the Hepatitis B Information and Support List (HB-L), will be held June 26-27 at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from the home of the Hepatitis B Foundation.

Highlights of this year’s conference will include formal presentations by clinical and research experts with interactive Q & A sessions.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Mack Mitchell, Director, Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, will provide an update on the care and treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults.

An update for children with chronic hepatitis B will be given by Dr. Barbara Haber, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Information about the new NIH HBV Clinical Research Network will be given by hepatologist Dr. Michael Fried, U. of North Carolina; an update on hepatitis B and liver cancer by Dr. Kenneth Rothstein, Drexel U. Liver Center; and the hepatitis B drug watch by Dr. Timothy Block, president of the Hepatitis B Foundation and professor at Drexel University College of Medicine.

H1N1 As Nature Made It

15 05 2009

H1N1 flu (aka swine flu) was not brewed in eggs in some dimly lit laboratory at the back end of Nowheresville.  So says the World Health Organization.  Well, maybe not those exact words, but the meaning is the same – there was no lab accident that allowed a new flu strain to spill forth and infect.One retired plant virologist in Australia decided that the strain looked suspiciously man-made and he voiced his opinion in no uncertain terms.

Before he closed his mouth, the rumor (because it’s certainly not fact) streaked across the globe at the speed of Superman.

Rumors have a habit of putting the kibosh on disease prevention, and that’s not acceptable.  In the past, people have even refused vaccination because of rumors that the vaccines would make them sterile.  The consequences to their refusal have been grim.

So, the World Health Organization is speaking up.  The novel H1N1 flu (aka swine flu) strain was not man-made.  It’s just a stinking fluke of nature.