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  1. Hepatitis C Infection Rates Are Stable

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- The incidence of new hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in the U.S. declined by more than 90% between 1990 and 1992 and has remained relatively stable ever since, new figures from the CDC confirm. Although the reasons for the dramatic drop are not fully understood, researchers attri

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  2. World Travelers Wave Off Health Risks

    Nov. 5, 2010 -- Many people who travel around the world, especially those who go to poor and lower-income countries, risk contracting or spreading infectious diseases because they fail to research potential health issues at their destinations, a new study says. Researchers at Massachusetts General H

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  3. New Hepatitis C Drugs in the Works

    Oct. 14, 2010 -- The long wait for new drugs that cure hepatitis C virus (HCV) may soon be over. In early research, a combination of two experimental, oral, direct-acting antiviral drugs dramatically reduced levels of the virus in the blood of infected patients over two weeks of treatment. And studi

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  4. Hepatitis B Drug Fights Liver Fibrosis, Cirrhosis

    Aug. 18, 2010 -- A new generation of antiviral drugs can help reverse liver fibrosis and even early cirrhosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and they continue to work for many years, new research suggests. In a newly published study, 88% of previously untreated patients

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  5. Boceprevir Boosts Hepatitis C Treatment Success

    Aug. 9, 2010 -- Adding Merck's boceprevir to standard hepatitis C therapy increases the viral cure rate up to 75% -- a success rate similar to that of Vertex's telaprevir. Standard hepatitis C treatment results in a "cure" less than half the time. It combines alpha interferon with ribavirin, a drug

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  6. Hepatitis C Drug Telaprevir Raises Cure Rate

    May 26, 2010 -- Adding the experimental hepatitis C drug telaprevir to standard interferon/ribavirin therapy cured 75% of newly treated patients, drug maker Vertex announced. Moreover, most patients taking a 12-week course of telaprevir combination therapy were able to shorten the total length of th

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  7. Experimental Drug May Treat Hepatitis C

    April 21, 2010 -- An experimental oral drug is showing early promise for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a study shows. In preliminary research published this week in Nature, researchers from Bristol-Myers Squibb -- the maker of the drug -- report that patients who took t

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  8. New Drug Cures Hard-to-Treat Hepatitis C

    April 7, 2010 -- Patients who fail current hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatments have few other options except trying the same drugs again, but an experimental antiviral drug is poised to change that. When the drug telaprevir was added to standard treatment with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, which

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  9. Viral Hepatitis: Eight Ways to Help Protect Your Family

    Viral hepatitis isn’t quite the scourge it used to be. Thanks in large part to widespread immunization of adolescents and young children in the U.S. for hepatitis A and B, the incidence of the liver-destroying disease has fallen 90% in the past 20 years. Yet many people who could be vaccinated again

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  10. Viral Hepatitis: 8 Self-Defense Tips for Travelers

    In the U.S., the risk of contracting viral hepatitis has fallen sharply in recent years. The risk is higher for Americans who travel abroad -- especially to regions where hepatitis is prevalent and sanitation is poor. “Travelers who go to non-urban areas of developing countries are most likely to ge

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