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NY Times: Progress Against Hepatitis C, a Sneaky Virus

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 […]

NY Times: Peanut Called a Hemophilia Aid (Circa 1960)

© New York Times, 1960, By: John A. Osmundsen The lowly peanut may become the conqueror of the disease of kings. Something in the meat of that seed, an American scientist has found, appears to be capable of stemming the flow of blood in hemophilia. This is the so-called “bleeders’ disease,” notably associated with royal families. The […]

NBC News: Flu Worsens, Hitting Younger Adults Hard

Source: NBC News By: Cydney Weiner and Maggie FoxNBC News It’s flu season, all right. Federal officials reported on Friday that influenza activity is widespread in 25 states and regional in 20 more, although it’s not at epidemic levels yet. “We’re seeing pretty substantial increases in activity, but they’re not unexpected,” says Dr. Michael Jhung, […]

HIV Patients’ Organs May No Longer Be Turned Away

MedCity News — The House of Representatives passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act Nov. 12. Once signed into law, this would allow ‘positive to positive’ organ donations. According to the Human Rights Campaign: “Permitting organs from deceased, HIV-positive donors to be used for transplant to HIV-positive recipients has the potential to save 1,000 […]

FDA Issues Positive Review for Gilead’s Hep C Drug

By Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer Associated Press -The Food and Drug Administration issued a positive review Wednesday for a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences, saying the pill cures more patients in less time than currently available treatments. The agency posted its review of Gilead’s sofosbuvir online ahead of a meeting Friday where […]

Gene Therapy Study Produces Promising Results for Patients with Hemophilia B

A fraction of patients with a common form of the bleeding disorder hemophilia develop an allergic reaction to the blood-clotting treatment they need to keep them alive. But using gene therapy, University of Florida researchers were able to reverse this reaction and provide long-lasting treatment for the disease in an animal model, according to findings […]

Federal Data System for Obamacare Exchanges Gets Security OK

(Reuters) – The data system supporting President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform has been tested and certified as secure for millions of Americans who will seek health coverage beginning on October 1, meeting a critical deadline for launching the program, the administration said on Wednesday. Concerns over whether consumer information would be secure in time were […]

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Hepatitis C: Our History and Advances on the Horizon

Recognizing National Hepatitis Awareness Month The month of May is recognized to bring awareness around those living with viral hepatitis. The awareness effort encourages people to get tested for hepatitis and to evaluate treatment options. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 3.2 million people in the U.S. with chronic […]

NY Times: After Marrow Transplants, 2 More Patients Appear HIV-Free Without Drugs

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Two H.I.V.-infected patients in Boston who had bone-marrow transplants for blood cancers have apparently been virus-free for weeks since their antiretroviral drugs were stopped, researchers at an international AIDS conference announced Wednesday. The patients’ success echoes that of Timothy Ray Brown, the famous “Berlin patient,” who has shown no signs […]

Supreme Court Says Isolated Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries. The high court’s unanimous judgment reverses three decades of patent awards by government officials. It throws out patents held by Salt Lake […]

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