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  1. Hepatitis C Achilles Heel Found

    April 17, 2003 -- The central mystery of hepatitis C now is solved. A new finding promises more effective, shorter, and easier hepatitis C treatments. What Michael Gale Jr., PhD, and colleagues discovered is how hepatitis C virus establishes lifelong infection. They found that the virus makes a key

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  2. New Gene Tool Stops Liver Damage

    Feb. 10, 2003 -- Last year it was the scientific breakthrough of the year. Tomorrow it may be called a new treatment for hepatitis and other liver woes. It's called RNA interference or RNAi. Discovered only last year, it's an amazing tool. If you know the DNA code for any gene, you can use RNAi to s

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  3. Hep C Drug Combo for Difficult Cases

    Nov. 8, 2002 (Boston) -- Patients with liver damage from the hepatitis C virus who fail treatment may be able to get a new lease on life, thanks to an aggressive treatment that uses an old standby drug in a new way, say German researchers. Stephan Kaiser, MD, and colleagues from the University of Tu

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  4. Chinese Herbs Boost Hepatitis B Treatment

    Oct. 1, 2002 -- Combining elements of Western and traditional Chinese herbal medicine may help rid the body of the hepatitis B virus, according to a new study. If untreated, chronic hepatitis B infection increases the risk of liver cancer and liver failure. The drug interferon alpha is the mainstay

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  5. Better Treatment for Hepatitis C

    Sept. 25, 2002 -- A new combination drug therapy may be able to help people with even some of the most difficult-to-treat forms of hepatitis C manage their disease and prevent complications. A study shows that the combination of a new, longer-acting form of interferon, Pegasys, and Rebetol works bet

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  6. Experts Weigh in on Hepatitis C

    June 13, 2002 -- Five years ago, the best available treatment for hepatitis C worked in only about one in 10 people -- but today that figure is closer to one in two, thanks to dramatic treatment advances. The nation's top hepatitis C experts met this week to update doctors and the public on these ne

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  7. Easier Hepatitis B Treatment for Kids

    -->May 29, 2002 -- A pill used to treat adults with chronic hepatitis B infections may be a cheaper, safer, and more convenient option for treating children with the same condition than the current treatment. According to researchers, chronic hepatitis B affects more than 350 million people worldwid

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  8. Treatment Works for Advanced Hepatitis C

    -->May 22, 2002 -- For years, many doctors have been reluctant to give aggressive treatment to people with hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver. Conventional wisdom said that the damage is done; treatment probably won't help much. But research presented at the Digestive Disease Week conference in

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  9. Hepatitis C-Related Death

    -->May 2, 2002 -- Hepatitis C infection has been called "the silent killer" because millions have the virus and don't know it. New therapies have made it possible to cure more than half of patients with active infection, but a handful of liver experts are now questioning whether too many patients ar

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  10. Liver Transplants Safe for HIV Patients

    -->April 29, 2002 -- People whose livers are failing due to hepatitis C are often candidates for a liver transplant. Doctors are wary, however, about performing the surgery in people who are also infected with HIV. Now, a new study shows that this anxiety may be unfounded. The concern has been over

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