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    1. FDA OKs HIV Drug Viread for Hepatitis B

      Aug. 12, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the HIV drug Viread for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults. Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. Here's some background information from the CDC: The hepatitis B virus can spread through blood, semen, or other body fluids.

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    2. Grapefruit May Curb Hepatitis C

      April 29, 2008 -- Grapefruits may inspire a new treatment for hepatitis C, a leading cause of liver disease. Preliminary lab tests show that naringenin, a compound found in grapefruit and other citrus fruits, may curb the spread of the hepatitis C virus by 80%.That might give healthy cells a chance

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    3. Hepatitis C: Less Treatment OK for Some

      Jan. 3, 2008 -- Patients who respond quickly to hepatitis C (HCV) treatment may be able to safely stop therapy much sooner than is currently recommended, new research suggests. Researchers in Italy report that cure rates were similar among HCV patients who had the recommended 48 weeks of treatment a

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    4. New Clues for Liver Cirrhosis Treatment

      Dec. 27, 2007 -- Working with mice, researchers have found a molecule that prevents -- and even reverses -- formation of scar tissue in damaged livers. The finding promises new treatments for cirrhosis and other scarring diseases of the liver, and perhaps for other scarring-related conditions such a

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    5. Hepatitis C: Progress Toward Vaccine?

      Dec. 6, 2007 -- Scientists have discovered antibodies that target the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The findings may lead to a preventive hepatitis C vaccine. The hepatitis C virus can cause liver damage and can be deadly. There is no hepatitis C vaccine. That's partly because "extreme variability" in HC

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    6. Longer Hepatitis C Treatment Best

      July 11, 2007 -- Shortening treatment to less than six months does not appear to be a good strategy for patients with the most curable types of hepatitis C virus infection, new research suggests. Patients with hepatitis C genotypes 2 and 3 who were treated for four months had lower cure rates and hi

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    7. Hepatitis 'C' Cures Now Common

      May 21, 2007 -- A new report shows that patients with hepatitis C infection can not only be successfully treated by the best available drug therapies, but they also can be cured. Up to seven years after treatment, 99% of close to 1,000 successfully treated patients showed no evidence of hepatitis C

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    8. Hepatitis C May Up Some Lymphoma

      May 9, 2007 -- Hepatitis C may make non-Hodgkin's lymphoma more likely, researchers report in The Journal of the American Medical Association. That may mean that people with hepatitis C should be screened for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, note the researchers, who included Eric Engels, MD, MPH, of the Nat

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    9. Hepatitis Illnesses Hit Record Lows

      March 15, 2007 -- Reported illness from hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C dropped dramatically in the U.S. from 1995 to 2005, hitting record lows, says the CDC. Reported acute cases of hepatitis A and hepatitis B haven't been this low since the government started keeping hepatitis records in

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    10. Hollywood Scene of Hepatitis A Scare

      Feb. 28, 2007 -- Sexy models and bikini-clad celebrities usually get all the attention when Sports Illustrated's famous swimsuit issue comes out every February, but this year a prep cook at the magazine's star-studded bash is stealing the limelight for possibly exposing partygoers to hepatitis A. So

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