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Hundreds Hospitalized in San Diego as Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – An outbreak of hepatitis A among drug users and the homeless in San Diego continues to spread, public health experts report. To date, 481 cases have been reported, 337 people have been hospitalized and 17 have died, according to Dr. Eric McDonald. He is from the epidemiology and immunization services branch of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Cases of ...

Infections More Common in People With Schizophrenia

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – People with schizophrenia may face an increased risk for serious infections, a new study suggests. "The preliminary data results suggest that individuals with schizophrenia have higher prevalence of all types of severe infections compared to the background population," study author Monika Pankiewicz-Dulacz, from the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues wrote. ...

Serious Infections Tied to Suicide Risk

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – People hospitalized for serious infections may face an increased risk of dying by suicide, and researchers suspect there's a biological reason for it. In a study of over 7 million people, Danish researchers found that those who'd been hospitalized for infections were 42 percent more likely to die of suicide compared to people with no history of serious infection. ...

Hepatitis C Now Leading Infectious Disease Killer in U.S.

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – The number of hepatitis C-linked deaths in the United States reached a record high in 2014, and the virus now kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, health officials report. There were 19,659 hepatitis C-related deaths in 2014, according to preliminary data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those tragically high numbers aren't ...

Hepatitis C Drugs Will 'Strain Budgets' at Current Prices: Study

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – New hepatitis C drugs promise cure rates above 90 percent, but could prove to be budget-busters for public and private health insurers, a new analysis finds. Recently approved drugs for chronic hepatitis C have been heralded as a breakthrough that could make the liver disease "rare" in the United States. But with prices topping $1,000 per pill, government and private ...

Chinese Researchers Report Successful Hepatitis E Vaccine

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – A new vaccine for hepatitis E provides protection from the virus for at least 4.5 years, according to Chinese researchers. Although hepatitis E is relatively rare in the United States, it's a leading cause of serious liver problems in the developing world. Hepatitis E is spread through contaminated water and through person-to-person contact, the researchers said. "The ...

Smoking Tied to Risk for Hepatitis Return After Liver Transplant

Posted 27 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 27 – Current or previous smoking may increase the risk of hepatitis reinfection in people who have a liver transplant due to viral hepatitis, a new study suggests. This may be because tobacco in cigarettes lowers their immune system response, according to Dr. Mamatha Bhat, of McGill University in Montreal, and colleagues. For the study, the investigators analyzed data from 444 ...

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