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Tackling hepatitis C elimination via diagnostic technologies

Research group FIND has announced a new wave of activities designed to address the challenges threatening hepatitis C elimination. This is through several potential diagnostic technologies.

Affordable hepatitis C treatment close to launch

An affordable hepatitis treatment for the developing world's population is being planned, with medics confident that the new anti-virals are close to commercial launch. The drugs are expected to retail for no more than $3.50 per dose.

New drugs make hepatitis C-positive kidneys safe for transplant

Research has shown that an improved new generation of antiviral drugs should help to expand the number of organs available for donation, and reduce the rejection rate by the human body post-surgery.

New drug slows down rate of Zika infection

A science team have demonstrated that an experimental antiviral drug, designed for use against hepatitis C, can slow down the development of Zika in mice. Further studies will be undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness in people.

Gilead wins controversial patent for hepatitis drug

Non-governmental organizations and health campaigns have reacted with dismay to the news that the drugs company Gilead has secured a patent for a hepatitis drug to be marketed in India.

Gilead resolves patent dispute over hepatitis drug

After a long-running court battle, pharmaceutical company Gilead must pay another company, Merck & Co, £200 million for breach of patent. The case has been complicated, and both pharma companies lost some ground.

India approves sale of generic Hepatitis C drugs

India has approved the sale of generic versions of hepatitis C drugs. The move will bring down the standard course of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir (generic versions of Sovaldi and Harvoni) to $1,000 compared to $90,000 in U.S. and Europe.

Hepatitis is a serious side effect of heroin use

The number of cases in the U.S., where drug users are contracting hepatitis C, is rising according to new figures presented by health agencies. The immediate solution relates to the supply of clean needles.

Troubling state of hepatitis C revealed

London - Newly released figures show that some 214,000 people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the U.K. In most cases infection is caused by the same types of the virus.

Portugal agrees to treat 13,000 Hepatitis C sufferers for free

Hepatitis C infects over 185 million people worldwide, and while there is no vaccine for the virus causing this liver disease, there is now a treatment. Solvaldi has a cure rate of over 90 percent, but it costs a whopping 24,000 Euros for the cure.

Op-Ed: Hepatitis C cures available — For $36,000 and $55,000?

Toronto - Hepatitis C is a very nasty, very common disease. It destroys the liver, and is highly transmissible, even through sharing a razor blade. A cure using drugs called Simeprevir and Sofosbuvir is available, but it’s incredibly expensive.

America's silent epidemic: Hepatitis C

It wasn't until 1989 that a new liver disease was finally identified and given the name Hepatitis C. Today, an estimated 150-200 million people worldwide are infected with this disease, 3.2 million of them living in the United States.

Drug giant Merck buys hepatitis C biotech treatment company

Cambridge - The drug giant Merck is to acquire Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Idenix Pharmaceuticals. Idenix is focused on developing treatments for hepatitis C.

Clue for hepatitis C survival

Scientists have identified why people with the hepatitis C virus get liver disease and why the virus is able to persist in the body for so long. The answer is that the virus attacks the liver cells' energy centers.

Chinese herbal medicine has potential for treating hepatitis C

Vienna - A compound isolated from Chinese herbal medicines that was found to inhibit hepatitis C activity by approximately 90 percent. The compound is isolated from a herb.

Breakthrough Hepatitis C drug cures 90% of patients in 12 weeks

A new hepatitis C drug is being hailed as a "major breakthrough" by scientists and a "turning point" in the fight for a cure. The research was conducted in four countries and lead by scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

You might not be able to afford this life-saving Hepatitis C drug

There's a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 -- or $1,000 a pill.

Pregnant women can pass on a virulent form of hepatitis C

Infants who contract the virus hepatitis C from their mothers during childbirth are at risk of inheriting a more virulent form of the disease.

Canada Cancer Society says liver cancer on rise but can be beaten

A new report from the Canadian Cancer Society says that liver cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in Canada. However, the report also said that lifestyle changes can save lives. It is also a treatable cancer if detected early enough.

HMO to pay $500 million in hepatitis case

Nevada’s health management body has been ordered to pay $500 million in punitive damages to three plaintiffs in a civil negligence lawsuit arising from a Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak.

CDC: Everyone age 47 to 67 should be tested for hepatitis C

If you or someone you know were born between 1945-1965, U.S. health officials want you to get a one time test for hepatitis C, since 2 million in this age group are infected with the liver-destroying virus and don't know it –– until it's too late.

Hepatitis C 'serial infector' may have spread virus in 6 states

Health authorities believe that a travelling medical technician in New Hamphire, who worked across six states in the US, and is infected with hepatitis C, may have spread the infection to thousands of other people in the course of his work.

Dentist found reusing needles, thousands urged to get HIV tests

Denver - Angry they were deceived by a doctor they thought they could trust, former patients of a suspended Colorado dentist who allegedly used dirty needles on patients for over 12 years are now being urged to get testing for HIV and Hepatitis.

CDC: All Baby boomers should get tested for hepatitis C

For the first time ever, U.S. health officials are urging all baby boomers, those born between 1945-1965, to get tested for hepatitis C, since one in 30 boomers may be infected with the liver-destroying virus and not know it –– until it's too late.

Canadian science: Hepatitis C breakthrough

After many years of research a group of Canadian scientists have announced a possible breakthrough for the development of a vaccine for hepatitis C.

Details released of Ottawa clinic in HIV, hepatitis scare

Ottawa - After 48 hours of withholding critical information, Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa's chief medical officer of health, released details of the clinic that put thousands of patients at risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Thousands of patients of Ottawa clinic at risk of HIV, Hepatitis

Ottawa - Ottawa Public Health is attempting to track down 6,800 people who may have been exposed to viruses at an unnamed Ottawa clinic.

Headway Against Hepatitis C: Study Shows Liver Damage Can Be Reversed

Another breakthrough that could help many suffering from hepatitis c...

Critics To Premier: Hospital Privatization May Lead To Health Care Fraud

TORONTO — Using private, for-profit hospitals to treat Canada's ailing health care system could have costly side effects, including dwindling quality and a sharp increase in medicare fraud. So says the Vancouver-based Tommy Douglas Research Institu..

Hepatitis C In Canada Is Projected To Increase Dramatically

MONTREAL — The number of hepatitis C cases in Canada will increase dramatically in the coming years due mainly to a continuing epidemic among injection drug users, researchers said Wednesday. There is strong evidence that snorting cocaine and smoki..

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Photograph of a Female Demonstrator Offering a Flower to a Military Police Officer, 10/21/1967. Have any of these baby boomers been tested for Hepatitis C?
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Hepatitis C researcher John Law
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With 185 million people infected with Hepatitis C, should the treatment cost as much as it does?
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