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