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  1. New Hepatitis C Treatment Shows Promise

    Nov. 2, 2004 -- Findings from a highly anticipated study offer hope to people with hepatitis C who do not respond to standard antiviral therapy. Life-threatening complications of hepatitis C-related liver disease were cut in half among patients treated long term with low-dose PEG-Intron. The trial,

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  2. Hepatitis C Treatment Works in HIV Patients

    July 28, 2004 -- People infected with both hepatitis C and HIV can be safely and effectively treated with current hepatitis C therapies without compromising their HIV treatment, according to a new study. Researchers say about a third of HIV-positive people are also infected with the hepatitis C viru

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  3. Response to Hep C Treatment Worse for Blacks

    May 26, 2004 -- New research confirms that blacks are much less likely than whites to respond to hepatitis C treatment. But investigators say it is not because they have a higher incidence of infection with a hard-to-treat form of the virus. In the Duke University study, roughly half of the non-Hisp

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  4. 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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  5. Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccinations Fell in 2000

    May 18, 2004 -- The vaccination of newborns against the hepatitis B virus dropped sharply after a brief suspension of the practice, and it is not yet clear if rates have returned to their pre-suspension levels, the CDC reports. Newborn vaccinations were suspended late in the summer of 1999 due to co

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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