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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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