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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Liver-Targeted Drug Stops Hepatitis C

    Dec. 3, 2009 -- Hepatitis C virus can't get a grip on the livers of chimps treated with a new antisense DNA drug. The drug, dubbed SPC3649, doesn't attack the hepatitis C virus (HCV) itself. Instead, it blocks the tiny RNA molecules in the liver -- microRNA-122 or miR-122 -- that the virus must use

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  8. Natalie Cole Recovering After Kidney Transplant

    May 21, 2009 -- Singer Natalie Cole is "resting comfortably" at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after undergoing a kidney transplant operation on May 18, according to Cole's web site. Cole may be able to leave the hospital as early as next week, her spokeswoman tells WebMD. Cole went publ

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  9. Natalie Cole's Hepatitis C: FAQ

    Sept. 10, 2008 -- Singer Natalie Cole, who has hepatitis C, says she's getting chemotherapy and will cut off all her hair next week because it's starting to fall out due to the chemo. "What I have is treated with chemotherapy. I have chemo every week," Cole said in an interview shown yesterday on En

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  10. FDA OKs HIV Drug Viread for Hepatitis B

    Aug. 12, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the HIV drug Viread for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults. Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. Here's some background information from the CDC: The hepatitis B virus can spread through blood, semen, or other body fluids.

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