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  1. CDC: 87 Now Sickened in Hepatitis A Outbreak Tied to Frozen Berry Mix

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people sickened in a hepatitis A outbreak that may be tied to a frozen berry/pomegranate mix now stands at 87, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. As of June 10, cases had been reported in eight states: Arizona, C

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  2. Frozen Berry Mix Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

    A frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix sold by Costco has been linked to an outbreak of acute hepatitis A that has sickened at least 30 people in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California, federal health officials say. The first victims became ill on April 29 and the most recent case was

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  3. Experimental Drug May Work Against Hepatitis C

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy for hepatitis C -- a "silent killer" linked to liver cancer and cirrhosis -- has shown promise in tamping down virus levels in early trials. Experts caution, however, that it's too soon to know if t

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  4. FDA Warns of Fatal Rash From Hep C Drug Incivek

    Dec. 19, 2012 -- The FDA warned people taking the hepatitis C drug Incivek (telaprevir) that it has received reports of a serious skin rash from the medication, which has led to several deaths. The deaths occurred in people taking Incivek combination treatment. This antiviral treatment includes the

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  5. CDC: All Baby Boomers Should Get Tested for Hepatitis C

    Aug. 16, 2012 -- Effective immediately, all U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time blood test for the hepatitis C virus, the CDC says. One in 30 baby boomers born between 1945 through 1965 has been infected with hepatitis C, and most have no clue. Hepatitis C can go undetected without symptoms, but

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  6. Milk Thistle Doesn't Help Hepatitis C

    July 17, 2012 -- Milk thistle, a popular herbal treatment used to treat liver disease, may offer little help for people with hepatitis C. A new study shows milk thistle didn't offer any significant benefits for people with chronic hepatitis C infection, even when given at higher than the normal dose

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  7. Vitamin B12 May Boost Hep C Treatment

    July 17, 2012 -- Early research suggests that patients with chronic hepatitis C infections may improve their treatment response by also receiving vitamin B12. Investigators say adding B12 to standard therapy may boost the body's ability to fight the virus, but an expert who spoke to WebMD remains sk

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  8. CDC: All Baby Boomers Should Get Tested for Hep C

    May 18, 2012 -- One in 30 baby boomers may be infected with the hepatitis C virus, but few know it until it's too late for their livers. In the wake of new statistics showing more than 2 million baby boomers in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C, the CDC is proposing new guidelines calling for a

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  9. More Now Die in U.S. From Hepatitis C Than HIV

    Feb. 21, 2012 -- More Americans die as a result of hepatitis C infection annually than from HIV-related causes, pointing out the need for expanded screening and improved access to care for hepatitis C, government researchers report. “The decrease in deaths from HIV reflects the infrastructure that’s

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  10. Shark-Derived Drug May Treat Viruses

    Sept. 19, 2011 -- A unique compound originally isolated from sharks could prove to be a promising treatment for hepatitis B and C and other viral diseases, researchers say. Known as squalamine, the drug has not yet been tested as an antiviral agent in humans, but it has been given to hundreds of peo

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