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Flu jab reduces risk of stroke

The risk of suffering a stroke is significantly reduced for up to two months after receiving a flu vaccine, a major new ...

Treating 5 percent of hepatitis C patients with new drugs would reduce cost, study shows

The health care system would save more lives and money if patients were treated with the newest drugs earlier, researchers at USC ...

To increase testing for hepatitis B, promote it in the community, UCLA study shows

Los Angeles-area Korean Americans who heard presentations in their churches were more likely to get tested ... Full story

One in four hepatitis C patients denied initial approval for drug treatment

Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the infection, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. ... Full story

Expression of a single gene lets scientists easily grow hepatitis C virus in the lab

Worldwide, 185 million people have chronic hepatitis C. Since the late 1980s, when scientists discovered the virus that causes the infection, they have struggled to find ways to grow it in human cells in the lab — an essential part of learning how the virus works and developing new effective treatments. ... Full story

Urgent action needed on hepatitis

Across the world, viral hepatitis causes 1·44 million deaths every year – a figure comparable to deaths from conditions such as HIV/AIDS (1·46 million), tuberculosis (1·20 million) and malaria (1·17 million). ... Full story

Hepatitis B continues to be a global health problem

Study elucidates on the global and country-specific prevalence of chronic hepatitis B virus infection ... Full story

Penn Authors Urge Transplantation of Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys in Some Non-Infected Patients

NEJM Perspective Points to Use of Hepatitis C-Positive Kidneys as One Solution to Kidney Shortage ... Full story

China's hepatitis crises

La Trobe study shows gaps in China's health system contributing to hepatitis epidemic. ... Full story

The new detection method for a key drug resistant hepatitis C virus mutation

A rapid, sensitive, and accurate method to detect drug resistant hepatitis C virus (HCV) mutants has been developed. Researchers at Hiroshima University established a system and evaluate the proportion of patients harboring this mutation prior to treatment. This new system for detecting mutant strains may provide important pre-treatment information valuable not only for treatment decisions but also for prediction of disease progression in HCV genotype 1b patients. ... Full story

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