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  • 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
    2 days ago 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
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • 1 Million-Plus Treated With Highly Effective Hepatitis C Medicines
    More than 1 million people in low- and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago. When direct acting antivirals (DAAs) were first approved for hepatitis C treatment in 2013, there were ...More
    October 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Uncover Why Hepatitis C Virus Vaccine Has Been Difficult to Make
    Researchers have been trying for decades to develop a vaccine against the globally endemic hepatitis C virus (HCV). Now scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered one reason why success has so far been elusive. ...More
    October 24, 2016 Posted in News
  • Canadians Infected by Hepatitis C Have Limited Access to Direct-Acting Antivirals
    The new direct-acting antivirals (DAA) are effective in curing the hepatitis C virus infection, a potentially fatal disease that attacks the liver, but they are expensive--approximately $60,000 per patient. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal ...More
    October 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find New Metabolic Pathways to Resist Viruses
    Viral infection is one of the leading medical challenges of the 21st century, ranging from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic affecting 3 percent of the global population, to recent outbreaks of West Nile, Zika and Ebola viruses. ...More
    October 11, 2016 Posted in News
  • Action Plan Envisions Elimination of Viral Hepatitis by 2030
    During the annual session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in September 2016, the member states adopted the European action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis. This is the first action plan for the region and aims at guiding countries to achieve ...More
    October 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • NIH Grants $3 Million to Develop New Hepatitis B Treatments
    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a viral infection that increases the likelihood of developing liver cancer or liver failure. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 2 billion people currently are infected with HBV, which is more than 10 times the number of ...More
    September 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • UNC Researchers Identify How Hepatitis A Virus Causes Liver Injury
    Hepatitis researchers have long thought that immune cells sent by the body to attack virus-infected cells in the liver cause the acute liver injury associated with hepatitis A virus (HAV) and other hepatitis viruses. Yet, investigators at the University of North Carolina at ...More
    September 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Prisons Could Unlock a Hepatitis C-Free Future
    Prisons provide one of the most significant opportunities to drive down the prevalence of hepatitis C, and help reach global WHO elimination goals, according to new research presented at the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users today. "On the ...More
    September 8, 2016 Posted in News
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