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  • Hepatitis C Mutations Outrun Immune Systems, Study Shows
    Unlike its viral cousins hepatitis A and B, hepatitis C virus (HCV) has eluded the development of a vaccine and infected more than 170 million people worldwide. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that a novel laboratory tool that lets them find virus ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Newer Medications Can Cure HCV Infections
    A new analysis reveals a dramatic transformation in the care of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) as more effective and tolerable medications have become available. In an analysis of all HCV antiviral treatment regimens (N=107,079) initiated from 1999 through ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Testing for Hepatitis C Virus Remains Low Among Baby Boomers
    A brief report appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine looks at testing rates for hepatitis C virus (HCV) two years after the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended it for all baby boomers, and finds rates are still very low. ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • WHO Issues First Viral Hepatitis Testing Guidelines
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first-ever global guidance on testing for chronic viral hepatitis B and C. Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year. The guidelines were released in a special session at the 26th Conference ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • SLU Researchers Receive $416,000 to Further Work Toward Hepatitis B Cure
    With a $416,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), SLU scientists will continue work to cure hepatitis B, building on significant findings published in two recent papers. John Tavis, PhD, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Saint Louis ...More
    February 2, 2017 Posted in News
  • Plant-Derived Products May Help Fight HBV
    Researchers have found that certain plant-derived products may help prevent and treat hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Proanthocyanidin (PAC) and its analogs, oolonghomobisflavanes, act by inhibiting viral entry into host cells. The investigators noted that PAC was ...More
    January 17, 2017 Posted in News
  • Viral 'Escape Hatch' Could be Treatment Target for Hepatitis E, Study Finds
    The technique that the hepatitis E virus -- an emerging liver virus historically found in developing countries but now on the rise in Europe -- uses to spread could present a weak spot scientists can exploit to treat the disease, according to a Princeton University-led ...More
    January 17, 2017 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C and HIV Medications Can Interact Adversely When Used Together
    In the past few years, the normally reticent scientific community heralded as revolutionary new medications for hepatitis C, saying the drugs would bring a major shift in the treatment of the chronic and potentially fatal viral infection that affects 150 million people ...More
    December 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • First WHO Prequalified Hepatitis C Rapid Test Opens Door to Expanded Treatment
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has just prequalified its first hepatitis C virus (HCV) rapid diagnostic test, a tool that will aid diagnosis of HCV in low- and middle-income countries and improve access to treatment. “The fact that we now have very effective new ...More
    December 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C Virus Tricks Liver Cells to Sabotage Immune Defenses
    The virus that causes hepatitis C protects itself by blocking signals that call up immune defenses in liver cells, according to University of Washington researchers and colleagues reporting Nov. 14 in Nature Medicine. "The finding helps explain why many patients fail ...More
    November 17, 2016 Posted in News
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