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  • Among English Gay & Bi Men, Hep C Is Increasingly Seen in Those Without HIV

    04/23/2019 8:44:51 AM PDT · by fwdude · 19 replies ^ | April 17, 2019 | Benjamin Ryan
    A new survey of English men who have sex with men (MSM) who were diagnosed with a recently acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection found that 40 percent were HIV-negative, aidsmap reports. Multiple studies have indicated that in Western nations, there has been a rising epidemic of sexually transmitted HCV among HIV-positive MSM since about the turn of the millennium. Hep C does apparently transmit sexually among MSM who do not have HIV but traditionally has done so at a much lower and more stable rate than among their HIV-positive peers. More recent studies have found, however, that hep C...
  • A Growing Number of People With HIV Have Fatty Liver Disease

    04/19/2019 3:46:19 PM PDT · by fwdude · 26 replies ^ | April 18, 2019 | Liz Highleyman
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a growing cause of serious liver problems and liver-related death among people living with HIV now that hepatitis C can be cured, according to research presented at the 2019 International Liver Congress last week in Vienna. As highly effective treatments for hepatitis B and C lead to reduced mortality among people with HIV, “NAFLD is becoming an increasingly important cause of liver disease,” said presenter Zobair Younossi, MD, PhD, of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia. In the future, he suggested, NAFLD could become the leading cause of liver disease in this...
  • Norwegian hepatitis C patients wait for treatment due to medicine monopoly: report

    07/13/2017 9:53:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 13 July 2017 14:07 CEST+02:00
    Norwegian hepatitis C patients are waiting longer than they should for medical treatment due in part to a monopoly on its supply, according to a report. Between 15,000 and 20,000 Norwegians live with the chronic condition, which is treated with a 12-week course of medicine. The cost of a 12-week course of the Epclusa medicine in Norway is 540,000 kroner (€57,000), according to the Klassekampen newspaper. American pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences owns a monopoly on supply of the medicine in the Scandinavian country, according to the report. […] Ronny Bjørnestad, head of NGO Prolar, which works to improve understanding of...
  • Officials: Mumia Abu-Jamal to receive hepatitis C drug

    03/31/2017 6:47:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2017 6:11 PM EDT
    Pennsylvania prison officials say they will soon begin giving expensive new medication to former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to treat his hepatitis C infection. The Department of Corrections told a federal judge Friday that Abu-Jamal will be treated with an antiviral medication that can cost $50,000 to $60,000 per patient. Treatment will start next week. …
  • Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

    06/04/2015 4:05:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 6/4/15 | CLAIRE GALOFARO
    Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pile at a flophouse and jabbed it into his scarred arm. He knew the odds; most of the addicts in the room probably had hepatitis C. "All I cared about was how soon and how fast I could get it in," he says. "I hated myself, it was misery. But when you're in the grips of it, the only way I thought I could escape it was one more time." Couch, 25 years old and one month...
  • Costly hepatitis C drugs could add $300 to every American’s yearly premium, CVS says

    07/21/2014 3:27:15 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | Stephanie M. Lee
    Gilead Sciences’ new hepatitis C drug receives as much praise for its healing powers as it receives criticism of its price, $84,000 for 12 weeks. Those parallel storylines played out even further in a prominent scientific journal’s latest edition, published online over the weekend.
  • Pamela Anderson recalls gang-rape during high school: ‘I just wanted off this earth’

    05/20/2014 8:22:05 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 115 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former “Baywatch” beauty Pamela Anderson said she was gang-raped by seven boys in high school — including her then-boyfriend — and was also subjected to sexual molestation by a babysitter between the ages of 6 and 10. Ms. Anderson, speaking during the launch of her Pamela Anderson Foundation, said she was raped, too, at the age of 12 by a 25-year-old, NBC News reported. “My first boyfriend in grade nine decided it would be funny to gang-rape me, with six of his friends,” she said, NBC reported, citing a transcript of her speech that was posted on her foundation’s website....
  • The Great American Giveaway

    04/25/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT · by blam · 3 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 4-25-2014 | Andy Sutton
    The Great American Giveaway Politics / US Debt Apr 25, 2014 - 04:15 AM GMTBy: Andy Sutton What do the national debt and a designer Hepatitis C drug have in common? This question actually spans two areas near and dear to my heart: economics and medicine. What I’m going to be covering this week is something that I feel is going to be part of a growing trend in America over the coming decades. You see, too many – myself included for quite a while – were asking the wrong questions. Many still are. We shouldn’t be asking what we...
  • Costly new hepatitis C drugs from Gilead, Merck show near total cure rates (link only)

    Link only, Bloomberg...Costly new hepatitis C drugs from Gilead, Merck show near total cure rates
  • Sovaldi's Terrific Launch (Gilead's Hep C drug, perhaps biggest seller ever)

    03/25/2014 10:49:56 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies ^ | 3/17/2014 | Peter Geschek
    Gilead Sciences' (GILD) Sovaldi is now projected to become the best-selling medicine of all time by several analysts. Sovaldi is the first in a new wave of Hep C treatments that promise better cure rates and a shorter treatment course. Some even forecast it would reach $9 billion or more in sales by 2017, at which level it would surpass Pfizer's (PFE) Lipitor and take the crown as the biggest-selling drug of all time. Analysts are trying to outdo each other with optimistic forecasts. According to ISI Group analyst Mark Schoenebaum, if prescriptions were to never grow again, that is...
  • Gilead offers Egypt new hepatitis C drug at 99 percent discount

    03/24/2014 10:03:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/21/2014 | Maggie Fick and Ben Hirschler
    Gilead Sciences, facing mounting criticism over the high price of its new hepatitis C pill Sovaldi, has offered to supply the medicine to Egypt at a 99 percent discount to the U.S. price. While the drug will still cost $900 for a 12-week course of treatment, that is a fraction of the $84,000 charged for a course of treatment in the United States. The high price tag in America prompted questions from U.S. lawmakers on Friday, after U.S. health insurers said they were seeking help from state health officials to foot the bill. Gilead said it was "pleased to have...
  • Progress Against Hepatitis C, a Sneaky Virus

    02/28/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 24, 2014 | J E. Brody
    Forty years ago, a beloved neighbor was bedridden for weeks at a time with a mysterious ailment. She knew only that it involved her liver and that she must never drink alcohol, which would make things worse. It was decades before the cause of these debilitating flare-ups was discovered: a viral infection at first called non-A, non-B hepatitis, then properly identified in 1989 as hepatitis C... --snip-- But with two newly approved drugs and a few more in the pipeline, a new era in treatment of hepatitis C is at hand. These regimens are more effective at curing patients and...
  • Egypt's Military Has Cured AIDS? Army announces 100% cure for AIDS and hepatitis C.

    02/27/2014 12:38:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    inn ^ | 2/27/14 | Ari Yashar
    Egypt's military has come out with a shocking "medical breakthrough." On Sunday, the army announced its new "Complete Cure Device," which it says can treat cancer and hepatitis C every time, and which doctors call a "scientific scandal." Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, head of the Cancer Treatment and Screening center, praised the new device, bragging "I defeated AIDS with the grace of my god at the rate of 100%. And I defeated hepatitis C." According to Abdel-Atti's research team's claims, the device draws blood, "breaks down" the disease, and returns the now cancer-free blood back to the patient, reports CNN....
  • AP: Gosnell’s co-defendants really needed jobs, you know

    04/13/2013 7:08:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/13/13 | Ed Morrissey
    The Associated Press has been one of the few national media outlets providing at least some coverage of the Kermit Gosnell trial, presumably from their local partners, so they certainly deserve some credit for going where their competitors wouldn’t — at least not until recently.  As with most news outlets following an ongoing story, the AP started looking for fresh angles to frame their stories.  Last night, though, the AP sent out a wire story headlined “Philly abortion workers saw few options,” in which Maryclaire Dale focuses on the employment woes of Gosnell’s co-defendants to explain why they followed Gosnell’s orders...
  • Discovery of canine hepatitis C virus opens up new doors for research on deadly human pathogen

    06/07/2011 4:32:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 23-May-2011 | NA
    Contact: Daniela Hernandez 310-991-2391 Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health In a study to be published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report the discovery of a novel hepatitis C-like virus in dogs. The identification and characterization of this virus gives scientists new insights into how hepatitis C in humans may have evolved and provides scientists renewed hope to develop a model system to study how it causes disease. The research was conducted at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the University...
  • VA dentist kept job after NAACP pressure, supervisor says ( OH )

    03/27/2011 8:33:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    dayton daily news ^ | March 18, 2011 | Ben Sutherly
    A former supervisor in the Dayton VA Medical Center’s dental clinic blamed intervention by the NAACP for foiling his efforts in the early 1990s to remove a dentist whose lax infection control practices put patients’ safety at risk. Dr. Dwight M. Pemberton continued to practice dentistry at the Dayton VA, often failing to change latex gloves and sterilize dental instruments between patients...Between 1992 and July 2010, 535 patients who had invasive dental work by Pemberton may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens, the VA said. Nine have preliminary positive results for hepatitis B or hepatitis C. In the early 1990s,...
  • Gregg Allman Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery

    06/24/2010 11:01:31 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 65 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 6-24-10
    Allman Brothers Band cofounder Gregg Allman underwent successful liver transplant surgery this morning, forcing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band to cancel its performance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at Chicago's Toyota Park on Saturday. The Derek Trucks Band will replace the Allmans on the lineup, which also includes Jeff Beck, John Mayer, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. Check out Rolling Stone's rundown of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Allman is being treated at Jacksonville, Florida's Mayo Clinic after battling Hepatitis C for several years. In 2007, the singer was advised that the damage to his...
  • Hepatitis C outbreak at Melbourne abortion clinic not 'accidental'

    05/31/2010 4:11:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 660+ views ^ | 1st June 2010
    PATIENTS of a late-term abortion clinic in Victoria may have been deliberately infected with hepatitis C after a further 32 women tested positive to the virus, bringing to 44 the total number of infections. Health authorities and police are investigating allegations a cluster of patients of Melbourne's Croydon Day Surgery became infected with hepatitis C when James Latham Peters worked as an anaesthetist at the clinic over an 18 month period in 2008 and 2009. The state's chief medical officer, John Carnie, said more than 1100 women who attended the clinic had been contacted for blood tests, with 44 so...
  • Natural Compound Blocks Hepatitis C Infection

    01/08/2010 8:18:32 AM PST · by bogusname · 2 replies · 336+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 6, 2010 | EurekAlert (Source)
    <p>Researchers have identified two cellular proteins that are important factors in hepatitis C virus infection, a finding that may result in the approval of new and less toxic treatments for the disease, which can lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis. An estimated 270 to 300 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C and the conventional treatments -- interferon and ribavirin -- can have significant side effects. A new drug targeting cellular proteins rather than viral proteins would be a valuable addition to the treatment arsenal, said Samuel French, an assistant professor of pathology and senior author of the study.</p>
  • Hepatitis C Could Be Next ‘Big Virus’

    12/05/2009 8:52:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 48 replies · 2,534+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 15 October 2009 | BETSY BATES
    LAS VEGAS — Amid the alphabet soup of hepatitis virus types, the one that should most concern physicians these days is hepatitis C. “This is going to be the big virus in the next 20 years in the U.S.,” Dr. Marsha H. Kay predicted at a meeting sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In fact, at a recent national forum on chronic viral hepatitis, several experts emphasized the need for a new, coordinated national response to screen and treat hepatitis C viral infections in the United States because too many infected patients live unaware of their disease and go...