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  1. Hepatitis Illnesses Hit Record Lows

    March 15, 2007 -- Reported illness from hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C dropped dramatically in the U.S. from 1995 to 2005, hitting record lows, says the CDC. Reported acute cases of hepatitis A and hepatitis B haven't been this low since the government started keeping hepatitis records in

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  2. Hollywood Scene of Hepatitis A Scare

    Feb. 28, 2007 -- Sexy models and bikini-clad celebrities usually get all the attention when Sports Illustrated's famous swimsuit issue comes out every February, but this year a prep cook at the magazine's star-studded bash is stealing the limelight for possibly exposing partygoers to hepatitis A.  S

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  3. Hepatitis E Vaccine Shows Promise

    Feb. 28, 2007 -- An experimental hepatitis E vaccine shows promise but needs further study, experts report in The New England Journal of Medicine. Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis E virus, which spreads through contaminated food or water. Hepatitis E is rare in the U.S., but it

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  4. Hepatitis C: Stopping Reinfection

    Nov. 3, 2006 -- Drug users who get hepatitis C but manage to fight off the infection seem to be protected from future infections with the liver-killing virus. That finding comes from a study of more than 3,500 drug users in Vancouver, Canada. Sharing needles during injection drug use is by far the m

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  5. FDA OKs New Hepatitis B Drug

    Oct. 26, 2006 -- The FDA yesterday approved a new drug, called Tyzeka, to treat chronic hepatitis B in adults. In a large clinical trial, Tyzeka was shown to be an effective antiviral agent, capable of suppressing the hepatitis B virus and improving liver inflammation comparably to Epivir-HBV, one o

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  6. Cholesterol Drugs Fight Hepatitis C

    July 7, 2006 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs -- especially Lescol -- fight hepatitis hepatitis C virus, Japanese researchers report. Except for Pravachol, which seems to have no effect on hepatitis C, other statins also have some antihepatitis C activity. But in a new lab test designed to measu

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  7. Baraclude Beats Epivir for Hepatitis B

    March 8, 2006 -- In a head-to-head battle of hepatitis B drugs, the new drug Baraclude beats the older Epivir. Two international studies pitting Baraclude against Epivir appear in the March 9 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. By every measure, each of the two studies showed Baraclude sup

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  8. Hepatitis A Vaccine Advised for Toddlers

    Oct. 31, 2005 -- A CDC advisory committee is recommending that all children in the U.S. be vaccinated against hepatitis A. In 1999, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the hepatitis A vaccine for all children living in the 11 states with the country's highest ra

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  9. No Booster Needed for Hepatitis B Vaccine?

    Oct. 13, 2005 -- The hepatitis B vaccine lasts for more than 10 years, so a booster vaccine may not be necessary, Italian researchers report. "Booster doses of vaccine do not seem necessary to ensure long-term protection," write Alessandro Zanetti, PhD, and colleagues in The Lancet. The CDC recommen

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  10. Hepatitis A Vaccine: More 'C' Patients Need It

    Aug. 24, 2005 -- Despite recommendations, few people with chronic hepatitis C are being vaccinated against the hepatitis A virus. In most people, the hepatitis A virus causes a relatively mild, short-lived infection. But in people with hepatitis C, a hepatitis A infection can be much more serious -

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