Latest Hepatitis C/co-infection with HIV Stories

2011-09-19 05:25:41

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--- According to the CDC, Hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood borne infection in the United States affecting more than 3.2 million people.  But, a new drug has been found to significantly increase the cure rates for those infected. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a disease that can cause severe liver damage, joint pain and even damage to the nervous system and brain. HCV genotype 1 is the most common form of the virus and also the most difficult to treat. ...

2011-09-15 12:18:57

Response-guided treatment with drug telaprevir can be shortened to 6 months for many, says research published in New England Journal of Medicine Treatment with a telaprevir-based combination regimen for hepatitis C — heretofore a chronic, destructive and difficult to manage disease — effectively can be shortened to six months in about two-thirds of patients, finds a new study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Telaprevir, a drug approved for use...

2011-09-15 11:35:54

University of Cincinnati research published in the Sept. 14, 2011, advance online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that patients with hepatitis C who took a combination medication–a telaprevir-based regimen that is commonly used to treat the illness–for 24 weeks were cured. Usually, the treatment is administered for 48 weeks, and these results show that extended treatment is unnecessary, possibly changing the standard of care for hepatitis C patients....

2011-09-15 11:34:05

A new multinational study finds that a 24-week treatment course for hepatitis C that adds telaprevir to peginterferon alfa and ribavirin is just as effective as a 48-week regimen for many patients. This is good news for up to 4 million people in the U.S. who suffer from this chronic liver disease, many of whom will undergo treatment for hepatitis C, said Michael W. Fried, MD, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, director of the UNC Liver Center and a...

2011-09-14 05:29:43

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Genotyping hepatitis C patients significantly improves doctors´ ability to predict whether or not patients will respond to antiviral treatment. The results of the study suggest that an interaction between IL28B, HLA-C and KIRs genes provides a mechanism for hepatitis C viral control and highlight new insights into how the drug combination of pegylated interferon alpha and ribavirin clears hepatitis C virus infections, findings that may lead to improved...

Latest Hepatitis C/co-infection with HIV Reference Libraries

2011-01-20 19:23:30

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae. It consists of a core of genetic material surrounded by an icosahedra protective shell of protein. The genome consists of a single open reading frame that is 9600 nucleotide bases long. HCV replication takes several steps. It primarily replicates in the hepatocytes of the liver. It can also reproduce in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. There is a wide variety of genotypes and...

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