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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. How Not to Wreck Your Liver

    It's not something you probably think much about, but your liver is a key player in your body's digestive system. Everything you eat or drink, including medicine, passes through it. You need to treat it right so it can stay healthy and do its job. "It's an organ you could easily trash if you don't t

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  9. 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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  10. 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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