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  1. New Drugs Show Promise in Hepatitis C Fight

    May 18, 2004 -- With current hepatitis C treatments, about half of all patients can now be cured -- that's great if you're in that half. Now, two novel therapies -- one conventional, one unconventional -- show promise for treating those people for whom standard medications fail. "About one in four p

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  2. Generic Versions of Hepatitis C Drug Approved

    April 8, 2004 -- The FDA has approved two new generic versions of a drug that's a mainstay of hepatitis C treatment.   Yesterday, the FDA approved generic versions of the drug ribavirin, which until now has been sold under the brand name Rebetol by Schering-Plough and Roche.   Ribavirin is typically

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  3. Bad Mix: Alcohol and Hepatitis C

    March 12, 2004 -- For people with hepatitis C, there may be no safe level of alcohol new research shows. While heavy drinkers have the most severe liver disease, even light or moderate drinkers put themselves at risk. It's a word of caution, especially for middle-aged men with heart disease. Althoug

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  4. Hepatitis C Cure Rates Highest Ever

    March 3, 2004 -- A landmark new study offers the best news yet about hepatitis C treatment. Among patients with the most common -- and most difficult to treat -- type, more than half of all patients were cured with the combination regimen of Pegasys and Copegus. Cure rates are approaching 100% for p

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  5. Experimental Hepatitis C Drug 'Promising'

    Oct. 27, 2003 -- Roughly half of all patients infected with hepatitis C virus can be cured. And now, an experimental drug is showing promise for the other half who don't respond to first-line hepatitis C drugs. A California-based pharmaceutical company hopes its experimental drug will become the fir

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  6. Study: Twice Weekly Dose Better for Hep C

    July 30, 2003 -- New research suggests the best treatment for hepatitis C virus may be even more effective if given twice weekly rather than once a week, but experts contacted by WebMD say the study is far from convincing. The approval of pegylated interferon two years ago represented a dramatic adv

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  7. More Effective Hepatitis B Treatment

    July 2, 2003 -- A new form of an old hepatitis drug appears to be a more effective hepatitis B treatment. Twice as many patients taking a longer-acting version of the drug interferon -- called pegylated interferon -- had effective results as patients on standard interferon. This first trial comparin

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  8. Adult Hepatitis C Drug Also Helps Kids

    May 23, 2003 - A hepatitis C treatment currently approved for adults also appears to be safe and effective in children with the disease, according to a new study. Researchers say it's the first study to examine how the drug, Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a), affects children with chronic hepatitis C.

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  9. Hepatitis C Achilles Heel Found

    April 17, 2003 -- The central mystery of hepatitis C now is solved. A new finding promises more effective, shorter, and easier hepatitis C treatments. What Michael Gale Jr., PhD, and colleagues discovered is how hepatitis C virus establishes lifelong infection. They found that the virus makes a key

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  10. New Gene Tool Stops Liver Damage

    Feb. 10, 2003 -- Last year it was the scientific breakthrough of the year. Tomorrow it may be called a new treatment for hepatitis and other liver woes. It's called RNA interference or RNAi. Discovered only last year, it's an amazing tool. If you know the DNA code for any gene, you can use RNAi to s

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