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  1. 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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  2. Study Questions Discovery of 'New' Hepatitis Virus

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A reported discovery earlier this year of a new hepatitis virus was a false alarm, and the "virus" was actually a contaminant present in a type of glassware used in many research laboratories, a new study contends. The finding

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  3. Hep B Vaccination May Cut Deaths From Liver Disease

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Taiwanese researchers report a 90 percent reduction in deaths from complications of hepatitis B since the country began its infant vaccination program in 1984. Vaccinations have also decreased the spread of hepatitis B, which

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  4. New Drug Combo Helps Hard-to-Treat Hepatitis C

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Combining an old drug with an experimental one may cure many cases of hard-to-treat hepatitis C -- without the harsh side effects of the standard regimen, a U.S. government study finds. Experts said the study, reported in the Aug.

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  5. More Drugs Show Promise in Fighting Hepatitis C

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug duo may cure some cases of the liver disease hepatitis C, without the severe side effects of standard therapy, a new clinical trial suggests. The study, of 362 people with chronic hepatitis C, found that the

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  6. Screen All Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C: Experts

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- All adults born between 1945 and 1965 -- the baby boom generation -- should be screened for the hepatitis C virus along with injection-drug users and anyone transfused before 1992, according to new recommendations from the U.S

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  7. CDC: 87 Now Sickened in Hepatitis A Outbreak Tied to Frozen Berry Mix

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people sickened in a hepatitis A outbreak that may be tied to a frozen berry/pomegranate mix now stands at 87, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. As of June 10, cases had been reported in eight states: Arizona, C

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  8. Frozen Berry Mix Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

    A frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix sold by Costco has been linked to an outbreak of acute hepatitis A that has sickened at least 30 people in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California, federal health officials say. The first victims became ill on April 29 and the most recent case was

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  9. Experimental Drug May Work Against Hepatitis C

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy for hepatitis C -- a "silent killer" linked to liver cancer and cirrhosis -- has shown promise in tamping down virus levels in early trials. Experts caution, however, that it's too soon to know if t

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  10. FDA Warns of Fatal Rash From Hep C Drug Incivek

    Dec. 19, 2012 -- The FDA warned people taking the hepatitis C drug Incivek (telaprevir) that it has received reports of a serious skin rash from the medication, which has led to several deaths. The deaths occurred in people taking Incivek combination treatment. This antiviral treatment includes the

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