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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Hepatitis A Drops Dramatically With Vaccine

    July 12, 2005 -- Hepatitis A rates have dropped sharply in the U.S., and routine kids' vaccinations may be a big reason why. Hepatitis A rates in the U.S. were 76% lower in 2003 than they were in 1990-1997. That's the country's lowest rate since record keeping began 40 years ago. The drop followed r

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  4. Combo Hepatitis C Treatment May Work in Kids

    May 4, 2005 - The leading treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection chronic hepatitis C infection in adults also appears to be both safe and effective for use in children. More than half of the children treated with a long-acting form of the drugs interferon and ribavirin had no evidence of hepati

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  5. FDA Approves New Hepatitis B Treatment

    March 30, 2005 -- The FDA has approved Baraclude (entecavir) to treat chronic hepatitis B hepatitis B in adults. Baraclude slows the progression of chronic hepatitis B by interfering with the virus that causes the disease, says the FDA. Nearly 1.25 million people in the U.S. are infected with the he

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  6. Vaccine Stops Hepatitis B for 15 Years

    Feb. 28, 2005 -- The hepatitis B vaccine works for at least 15 years -- longer than once thought. The vaccine thwarts the virus that causes hepatitis B, a liver disease that can lead to liver cirrhosis or cancer . Most countries include the vaccine in their infant immunization programs. It's given i

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  7. Hepatitis C Ups Lymphoma, Bone Marrow Cancer

    Feb. 23, 2005 - Hepatitis C infection ups a person's risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma, a Swedish study suggests. An odd finding piqued the interest of Ann-Sofi Duberg, MD, of Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden, and colleagues. Four otherwise healthy young Swedes came down

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  8. Hepatitis B Vaccine in Potatoes Shows Promise

    Feb. 14, 2005 -- Could potatoes with a built-in hepatitis B vaccine help save the lives of millions of people worldwide? It might work, judging by a preliminary study from Yasmin Thanavala, PhD, and colleagues. Thanavala works in the immunology department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo,

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  9. Interferon Alone Effective for Hepatitis B

    Jan. 6, 2004 - Treating chronic hepatitis B remains a challenge, but new research shows that a long-acting version of an old hepatitis drug works just as well as a combination approach. A year of treatment with a long-acting interferon called Peg-Intron led to a sustained response in just over a thi

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  10. Hepatitis B Declining Among Youths

    Nov. 5, 2004 -- The number of hepatitis B cases among children and adolescents has declined by 89% since 1991, according to a new federal report. The CDC study shows that the number of hepatitis B cases reported among children and teens aged 19 and under has dropped from about three per 100,000 in 1

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