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