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HIV Therapy May Also Lower Risk for Hepatitis B, Study Says

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – Not only does effective HIV therapy thwart the AIDS-causing virus, it may also reduce the risk for hepatitis B infection, a new study says. "What this means to us is that effective HIV therapy appears to restore an impairment in the immune response that protects someone with HIV from acquiring hepatitis B infection," study senior author Dr. Chloe Thio, a professor of ...

Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis C May Thwart Liver Cancer

Posted 23 Oct 2012 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 23 – Using antiviral drugs to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C infection may greatly reduce their risk of liver cancer, according to a new study. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and other liver diseases and is the leading cause of liver transplants. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 15,000 Americans die from ...

Hepatitis C Treatment May Hamper Kids' Growth

Posted 13 Aug 2012 by

MONDAY, Aug. 13 – Children with hepatitis C who are treated with peginterferon alpha may experience growth-related side effects from the therapy, a new study reveals. Although weight changes are reversible, many children's height for their age may be lower even after the treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) ends, the researchers found. The study was published in the August issue of Hepatology. ...

Tailored Hepatitis C Therapy May Cut Treatment Time in Half

Posted 14 Sep 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14 – Patients infected with hepatitis C virus who have an early favorable response to a new three-drug regimen can be cured of the disease in half the normal time, a new study says. In the multinational study, researchers showed that tailoring patients' treatment regimen to their response to the drugs, which is known as response-guided therapy, enabled many patients to cut ...

Top Hepatitis C Treatments Equally Effective

Posted 22 Jul 2009 by

WEDNESDAY, July 22 – A landmark hepatitis C virus study shows that the top two treatment options are equally effective and safe. The long-awaited study, thought to be the largest of its kind, is important for the 180 million people worldwide – 4 million in the United States – who are infected with hepatitis C virus and at risk for liver scarring, organ failure and death. Hepatitis C is ...

Hepatitis C Therapy Useless for Some

Posted 3 Dec 2008 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3 – Maintenance therapy using low-dose peginterferon doesn't help patients with advanced chronic hepatitis C who haven't responded to an initial round of treatment, new research suggests. The study also showed a surprising health decline in patients with liver disease over the course of four years. "This course of treatment had been adopted by a number of doctors in the U.S. and ...

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