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  1. Hepatitis C Infection May Have 'Silver Lining' for Transplant Patients

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The liver-damaging hepatitis C virus may come with an unexpected benefit for patients who need a liver transplant due to the infection, a new European study reports. The virus appears to restrain a dangerous immune sy

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  2. FAQ: The High Cost of Hepatitis C Drugs

    April 14, 2014 -- Last week, the World Health Organization strongly endorsed two new oral drugs that fight hepatitis C, a liver-damaging virus. The WHO recommended that all 150 million people infected worldwide be assessed for these drug treatments. With that endorsement, though, came concern from W

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  3. Cure Rate for Experimental Hepatitis C Drug Tops 95 Percent

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that an experimental drug has cured more than 95 percent of patients infected with hepatitis C, including some who failed other treatments. If it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administra

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  4. Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2.7 million Americans are currently infected with liver-damaging hepatitis C, federal officials say, and one expert believes that number could be even higher. These individuals are at much higher risk for

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  5. Can Hepatitis C Be Cured?

    New drugs have greatly improved the treatment of hepatitis C in recent years. For more and more patients, that means the goal of a "cure" is within reach. "We've been curing hepatitis C since the 1990s," says David L. Thomas, MD, MPH. He's a professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at

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  6. Available Medications for Hepatitis C

    Big changes are under way in the treatment of hepatitis C. New drugs are cutting down side effects and improving your odds of beating the disease. The latest drugs approved to treat hepatitis C are Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). Olysio and Sovaldi are combined with the older drugs int

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  7. Hepatitis C Treatments on the Horizon

    Treatment for hepatitis C has improved greatly over the past few years -- and the future looks even brighter. Right now treatment consists of a combo of interferon, ribavirin and two new drugs: Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). But a major concern with this combination is that interferon

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  8. Hepatitis C Self-Care

    New medicines have improved the outlook for hepatitis C patients, but lifestyle changes also help you manage the disease. Try these self-care tips: When it comes to diet, the same advice applies to everyone, including people with hepatitis C. Eat well-rounded meals that include: Fresh fruits and veg

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  9. Most With Hepatitis C May Soon Find Hope

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C treatment isn't pretty, but the dark days of weekly injections, rough side effects and no guarantee of full recovery from the liver-damaging disease may soon be over, researchers report. Two studies, bo

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  10. New Oral Hepatitis C Drugs: FAQ

    Dec. 9, 2013 -- Experts call two new drugs for hepatitis C ''game changers" that they expect will dramatically improve treatment for many of the 3 million Americans with a chronic infection. Hepatitis C can lead to liver failure. Both new pills -- Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) -- work

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