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  1. Hepatitis C Infection May Have 'Silver Lining' for Transplant Patients

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The liver-damaging hepatitis C virus may come with an unexpected benefit for patients who need a liver transplant due to the infection, a new European study reports. The virus appears to restrain a dangerous immune sy

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  2. FAQ: The High Cost of Hepatitis C Drugs

    April 14, 2014 -- Last week, the World Health Organization strongly endorsed two new oral drugs that fight hepatitis C, a liver-damaging virus. The WHO recommended that all 150 million people infected worldwide be assessed for these drug treatments. With that endorsement, though, came concern from W

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  3. Cure Rate for Experimental Hepatitis C Drug Tops 95 Percent

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that an experimental drug has cured more than 95 percent of patients infected with hepatitis C, including some who failed other treatments. If it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administra

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  4. Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2.7 million Americans are currently infected with liver-damaging hepatitis C, federal officials say, and one expert believes that number could be even higher. These individuals are at much higher risk for

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  5. Most With Hepatitis C May Soon Find Hope

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C treatment isn't pretty, but the dark days of weekly injections, rough side effects and no guarantee of full recovery from the liver-damaging disease may soon be over, researchers report. Two studies, bo

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  6. New Oral Hepatitis C Drugs: FAQ

    Dec. 9, 2013 -- Experts call two new drugs for hepatitis C ''game changers" that they expect will dramatically improve treatment for many of the 3 million Americans with a chronic infection. Hepatitis C can lead to liver failure. Both new pills -- Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) -- work

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  7. New Treatment for Hepatitis C Infection Approved

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for chronic hepatitis C infection that some experts hope will cut down on side effects from current therapies. Hepatitis C infection triggers an inflammation of

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  8. Experimental Hepatitis C Drug Shows Promise

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- A new combination pill could provide hope for hepatitis C patients who can't take or don't respond to currently available treatments, researchers say. The pill combines two investigational drugs, sofosbuvir and ledipasvir, and

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  9. Study Questions Discovery of 'New' Hepatitis Virus

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A reported discovery earlier this year of a new hepatitis virus was a false alarm, and the "virus" was actually a contaminant present in a type of glassware used in many research laboratories, a new study contends. The finding

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  10. Hep B Vaccination May Cut Deaths From Liver Disease

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Taiwanese researchers report a 90 percent reduction in deaths from complications of hepatitis B since the country began its infant vaccination program in 1984. Vaccinations have also decreased the spread of hepatitis B, which

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