Archive for April 16th, 2008

Chicago-Based Website Provides Help to HIV Patients

Chicago has one of the largest and most active AIDS service organizations in the United States. They have recently unveiled an impressive new Web site that caters for people newly-diagnosed with HIV, which causes AIDS. About 40,000 people in the State of Illinois, where Chicago is located, are living with HIV and AIDS, with about 1,000 adults being diagnosed every year.The PEERSpeak Web site provides a creative approach to the subject by using fictional characters to illustrate the challenges pe…

Hepatitis B Linked to Bile Duct Cancer

A study that was recently published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that there is an association between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and an increased risk of bile duct cancer outside the liver. The extrahepatic bile duct collects bile from the liver and is joined with another duct from the gallbladder. Because of the unusual nature of this cancer, it is very difficult to treat.The population-based study, conducted in Shanghai by Dr. Ann W. Hsing of Maryland’s National Cance…