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  1. Hepatitis C: Less Treatment OK for Some

    Jan. 3, 2008 -- Patients who respond quickly to hepatitis C (HCV) treatment may be able to safely stop therapy much sooner than is currently recommended, new research suggests. Researchers in Italy report that cure rates were similar among HCV patients who had the recommended 48 weeks of treatment a

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  2. New Clues for Liver Cirrhosis Treatment

    Dec. 27, 2007 -- Working with mice, researchers have found a molecule that prevents -- and even reverses -- formation of scar tissue in damaged livers. The finding promises new treatments for cirrhosis and other scarring diseases of the liver, and perhaps for other scarring-related conditions such a

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  3. Hepatitis C: Progress Toward Vaccine?

    Dec. 6, 2007 -- Scientists have discovered antibodies that target the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The findings may lead to a preventive hepatitis C vaccine. The hepatitis C virus can cause liver damage and can be deadly. There is no hepatitis C vaccine. That's partly because "extreme variability" in HC

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  4. Longer Hepatitis C Treatment Best

    July 11, 2007 -- Shortening treatment to less than six months does not appear to be a good strategy for patients with the most curable types of hepatitis C virus infection, new research suggests. Patients with hepatitis C genotypes 2 and 3 who were treated for four months had lower cure rates and hi

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  5. Hepatitis 'C' Cures Now Common

    May 21, 2007 -- A new report shows that patients with hepatitis C infection can not only be successfully treated by the best available drug therapies, but they also can be cured. Up to seven years after treatment, 99% of close to 1,000 successfully treated patients showed no evidence of hepatitis C

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  6. Hepatitis C May Up Some Lymphoma

    May 9, 2007 -- Hepatitis C may make non-Hodgkin's lymphoma more likely, researchers report in The Journal of the American Medical Association. That may mean that people with hepatitis C should be screened for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, note the researchers, who included Eric Engels, MD, MPH, of the Nat

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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