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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. '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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Experts Propose Age-Based Hepatitis C Testing

    May 9, 2011 -- Screening all people born between 1946 and 1970 for the hepatitis C virus would greatly reduce the number of people with advanced liver disease linked with the virus, according to new research. ''Current recommendations are to screen high-risk people," says researcher Lisa McGarry, MP

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  8. Signs of Rise in Hepatitis C Cases Among Young

    May 5, 2011 -- Hepatitis C infections are rising among adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts, apparently in part due to needle sharing that spreads the virus, the CDC says in a new report. There is reason to believe, the researchers write, that this trend may be occurring in other states. Th

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  9. FDA Panel Urges Approval of Hepatitis C Drug

    April 27, 2011 -- In an18-0 vote, an FDA advisory panel recommended approval of the drug boceprevir to treat hepatitis C. Panel members called boceprevir, manufactured by Merck & Co., a weapon in the fight against chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection. Chronic HCV genotype 1 infection

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  10. FDA Panel Backs 2 Hepatitis C Drugs

    April 28, 2011 -- A major advance for treating hepatitis C is likely headed to market after government advisors backed two new drugs this week. Studies suggest the drugs could as much as double the effectiveness of current treatments for the potentially fatal liver disease. That could improve prospe

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