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  1. CDC: All Baby Boomers Should Get Tested for Hepatitis C

    Aug. 16, 2012 -- Effective immediately, all U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time blood test for the hepatitis C virus, the CDC says. One in 30 baby boomers born between 1945 through 1965 has been infected with hepatitis C, and most have no clue. Hepatitis C can go undetected without symptoms, but

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  2. Milk Thistle Doesn't Help Hepatitis C

    July 17, 2012 -- Milk thistle, a popular herbal treatment used to treat liver disease, may offer little help for people with hepatitis C. A new study shows milk thistle didn't offer any significant benefits for people with chronic hepatitis C infection, even when given at higher than the normal dose

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  3. Vitamin B12 May Boost Hep C Treatment

    July 17, 2012 -- Early research suggests that patients with chronic hepatitis C infections may improve their treatment response by also receiving vitamin B12. Investigators say adding B12 to standard therapy may boost the body's ability to fight the virus, but an expert who spoke to WebMD remains sk

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  4. CDC: All Baby Boomers Should Get Tested for Hep C

    May 18, 2012 -- One in 30 baby boomers may be infected with the hepatitis C virus, but few know it until it's too late for their livers. In the wake of new statistics showing more than 2 million baby boomers in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C, the CDC is proposing new guidelines calling for a

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  5. More Now Die in U.S. From Hepatitis C Than HIV

    Feb. 21, 2012 -- More Americans die as a result of hepatitis C infection annually than from HIV-related causes, pointing out the need for expanded screening and improved access to care for hepatitis C, government researchers report. “The decrease in deaths from HIV reflects the infrastructure that’s

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  6. Shark-Derived Drug May Treat Viruses

    Sept. 19, 2011 -- A unique compound originally isolated from sharks could prove to be a promising treatment for hepatitis B and C and other viral diseases, researchers say. Known as squalamine, the drug has not yet been tested as an antiviral agent in humans, but it has been given to hundreds of peo

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  7. Hepatitis C Alternative Treatments

    When you're living with a disease like hepatitis C, it's natural to want to try any treatment possible to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Standard hepatitis C treatment has come a long way towards curing the disease. However, the drugs don't always work and they can have side

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  8. 'Explosion' of Sex-Spread Hepatitis C in HIV-Positive Men

    July 21, 2011 -- There is an ongoing "explosion" of deadly hepatitis C among men who have sex with men. It's spread mainly by anal sex, often enhanced by methamphetamine, according to a report in the July 21 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "We are having an explosion of sex

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  9. New Hepatitis C Drug Incivek Gets FDA Approval

    May 23, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Vertex's Incivek as an add-on to current interferon/ribavirin therapy for hepatitis C infection. Like Victrelis, also approved this month, Incivek greatly boosts the chances that hepatitis C treatment will result in a cure -- that is, a "sustained viral response"

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  10. FDA Approves Hepatitis C Drug Victrelis

    May 13, 2011 -- The FDA today approved a new drug called Victrelis (boceprevir) to treat certain adults with chronic hepatitis C. "Victrelis is used for patients who still have some liver function, and who either have not been previously treated with drug therapy for their hepatitis C or who have fa

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