The FDA has approved Zepatier, a new pill for hepatitis C that combines the two drugs elbasvir and grazoprevir. In April 2015, the FDA designated the combo drug as a breakthrough therapy for patients with hepatitis C genotype 1 disease who have end-stage kidney disease and are on hemodialysis, and…
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For most of the 3.5 million Americans living with a hepatitis C infection today, the promise of a cure is an empty one unless patients can get proper care. And deaths from hepatitis C keep rising, surpassing deaths from HIV.
— And researchers say alcohol can worsen the chronic liver condition.
References to the Affordable Care Act - sometimes called Obamacare - have been a regular feature of the current presidential campaign season. For months, Republican candidates have pledged to repeal it, while Democrat Hillary Clinton wants to build on it and Democrat Bernie Sanders wants to replace it with a…
— People who took it regularly were three times less likely to develop the disease.
From Marie Claire One girlfriend slipped a mickey into my coffee," he said, "and when I passed out she poured lighter fluid on me and all my belongings and torched me." We were sitting at Le Singe Vert in Chelsea. As the waiter strolled over I studied Steve's face.
— Primary biliary cholangitis causes inflamed bile ducts
Two years ago, James Luongo was thrilled to hear about the first new drugs that could rid his body of hepatitis C. The virus had been silently circulating in his blood for years and would likely cause liver disease, perhaps cancer. But he still felt fine.
"Not everyone is getting tested and diagnosed, people don't get referred to care as fully as they should, and then they are not being placed on treatment," said Dr. John Ward, director of CDC's division of viral hepatitis.
— CDC notes that nearly 20,000 Americans died in 2014 from the widespread, but treatable, illness.