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A NEW treatment for hepatitis C trialled in patients at The Alfred hospital has cut debilitating side effects and reduced treatment times, creating the potential for many more patients to be cured of the disease.
About 250,000 Australians have hepatitis C but only 5 per cent choose to have the current treatment due to multiple side-effects such as psychotic episodes, depression, insomnia and muscle aches and pains.
Current treatment involves weekly injections of interferon - a protein that fights the virus but causes the side effects - as well as twice-daily tablets for up to seven weeks.

But researchers have found that a combination drug without interferon is even more effective, curing some patients of the disease within two weeks in a recent trial.
The study, published in The Lancet and funded by the drug company Roche, involved 88 patients from six hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, including The Alfred
http://www.theage.com.au/national/he...314-1buhx.html
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its always nice to see medical advancements like this.

its a shame a lot dont become common :/
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stop eating poop and you won't get hepatitis c
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Nice preliminary, hope to see a larger clinical trial soon.
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stop eating poop and you won't get hepatitis c
Isn't hep C transmitted through blood transfusion ? I think you might be getting mixed this up with Hep A. Hep C is extremely hard to cure.
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So now we have cures (kind of) for all the Hepatitis strains? I know A is, B has immunization that greatly reduces chronic patterns, and now C has this? That's good news, one less thing to worry about in this crazy world.
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So now we have cures (kind of) for all the Hepatitis strains? I know A is, B has immunization that greatly reduces chronic patterns, and now C has this? That's good news, one less thing to worry about in this crazy world.
Breaking news: Hepatitis D is discovered

*knocks on wood*
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So now we have cures (kind of) for all the Hepatitis strains? I know A is, B has immunization that greatly reduces chronic patterns, and now C has this? That's good news, one less thing to worry about in this crazy world.
There is apparently, A,B,C,D,E,F and G
post #9 of 21
Interferon isn't new, and neither is this cure.

I watch house, I am qualified to say this.
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There is apparently, A,B,C,D,E,F and G
Yeah but ABC are the main strains that people get infected with, C being the "worst". At least that's how we have always talked about Hep, it's very good that we got progress on C.
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