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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. New Treatment for Hepatitis C Infection Approved

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for chronic hepatitis C infection that some experts hope will cut down on side effects from current therapies. Hepatitis C infection triggers an inflammation of

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  9. Experimental Hepatitis C Drug Shows Promise

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- A new combination pill could provide hope for hepatitis C patients who can't take or don't respond to currently available treatments, researchers say. The pill combines two investigational drugs, sofosbuvir and ledipasvir, and

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  10. How Not to Wreck Your Liver

    Your liver is a key player in your body’s digestive system. Everything you eat or drink, including medicine, passes through your liver.  “The liver is a vital organ and not something you can live without,” says Rohit Satoskar, MD, of the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute. “It’s an organ you co

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