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  1. Hepatitis C-Related Death

    -->May 2, 2002 -- Hepatitis C infection has been called "the silent killer" because millions have the virus and don't know it. New therapies have made it possible to cure more than half of patients with active infection, but a handful of liver experts are now questioning whether too many patients ar

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  2. Liver Transplants Safe for HIV Patients

    -->April 29, 2002 -- People whose livers are failing due to hepatitis C are often candidates for a liver transplant. Doctors are wary, however, about performing the surgery in people who are also infected with HIV. Now, a new study shows that this anxiety may be unfounded. The concern has been over

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  3. New Hepatitis C Drugs Looking Better

    April 18, 2002 -- The odds of beating the killer hepatitis C virus are getting better. A new study shows that basing treatment on the specific type of virus improves the odds of becoming virus free. Those odds now stand at three chances in five overall. People infected with easier-to-treat types of

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  4. Pamela Anderson Says She Has Hepatitis C

    March 21, 2002 -- Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson announced yesterday that she is being treated for hepatitis C, a potentially deadly liver disease. She says she was infected by sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband, rock musician Tommy Lee. Though Anderson says Lee has the disease, he ha

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  5. New Hepatitis C Drug Improves Quality of Life

    March 8, 2002 -- Patients being treated for hepatitis C infection often feel the cure is worse than the disease. Common side effects of therapy - including severe fatigue and depression, flu-like symptoms, and anemia - cause many people to abandon therapy long before they should. But company-sponsor

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  6. Living-Donor Transplants - The Gift of Life

    Feb. 6, 2002 -- Juanita Chavez and her sister Maria Elena were always very close. But until last year, neither could have imagined that one of them would give the other the gift of life by donating part of a major organ. At age 30, Juanita had been suffering from liver disease -- triggered by chroni

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  7. Race Influences Liver Transplants

    Jan. 25, 2002 -- Previous studies have shown that blacks fare worse than other groups after a kidney transplant. Now, researchers have shown the same holds true for liver transplantation. Apparently, blacks, as well as Asians, are significantly more likely than other races to experience organ reject

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  8. Hepatitis C Bad for Heart

    Jan. 11, 2002 -- People with hepatitis C infection risk heart disease, a Japanese study suggests. Many different kinds of infections seem to increase the risk of heart disease. Why this happens isn't clear. The whole issue is still controversial. University of Tokyo researcher Nobukazu Ishizaka, MD,

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  9. Hepatitis C Treatment Helps Damaged Livers Heal

    Nov. 12, 2001 -- Even if liver damage has set in, it's not too late to treat hepatitis C. Potent new forms of interferon can slow, stop, or even reverse the harm done by the hepatitis C virus. The findings come from a new look at more than 3,000 patients with liver damage caused by hepatitis C infec

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  10. Can We Really Wipe Out Hepatitis B?

    Nov. 5, 2001 -- New studies confirm that thousands of lives will be saved in the United States and around the world thanks to the vaccination of infants against hepatitis B virus. But many still will die needlessly from hepatitis B-related liver disease in the decades to come, experts say, because n

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