Patients' in Hep C Infection Risk
"NHS patients may be unaware they have contracted hepatitis C through
blood transfusions, Scottish health officials admitted yesterday."
develop new vaccine candidate against Hepatitis C
"Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and
Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) say they have developed a vaccine
candidate for hepatitis C."
Hepatitis C vaccine meets success criteria for further development - route
and frequency of administration optimized
"Intercell today announced initial data from a clinical trial aiming
at the optimization of its therapeutic Hepatitis C vaccine IC41."
C protease inhibitor does well in early clinical trial
"A hepatitis C virus protease inhibitor has done well in early
clinical trials. The oral drug, VX-950, which is being developed by Vertex
Pharmaceuticals, achieved significant reductions in hepatitis C viral load
when used in combination with pegylated interferon alfa-2a (Pegasys)."
C treatment difficult in older patients
"Because of side effects, patients over the age of 60 with hepatitis
C find it more difficult to stick with standard treatments than do their
younger counterparts, according to a study in Japan."
partners with Portland's AVI
"Chiron Corp. and AVI BioPharma Inc. announced an agreement Friday
granting AVI a nonexclusive license to Chiron's patents and patent
applications for the research, development and commercialization of drugs
that fight the hepatitis C virus (HCV)."
Anti-Viral Hepatitis C Clinical Program in Acceleration Phase
"The initial success of our efforts to accelerate the HCV clinical
trial program for Tarvacin Anti-Viral is gratifying in view of Tarvacin's
promise as an important new treatment option for a number of viral
infections, including chronic hepatitis C infection."
Biomedical to Develop Vaccine for Hepatitis C in Partnership with Tripep
"Inovio Biomedical Corporation, a late stage developer of cancer and
other therapies using electroporation to deliver drugs and nucleic acids,
announced today that it has signed an agreement with Swedish-based Tripep
AB to develop a therapeutic vaccine for hepatitis C virus (HCV)."
reduces liver-related death risk, but hepatitis C infection increases
risk, Italian study finds
"Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) reduces the risk of
liver-related death by 68%, although infection with both HIV and hepatitis
C virus (HCV) increases the risk of liver-related mortality more than
ten-fold compared with individuals infected with HIV alone, according to
data from the Brescia HIV Liver Cohort."
Awarded EUR 1.3 M Grant for Hepatitis C Therapeutic Vaccine Programme
"Transgene S.A. announces today that it has been awarded funding by
the Lyon Biopole Competitiveness Cluster (Pole de competitivite) for the
development of its therapeutic vaccine candidate against hepatitis C
chronic infection (HCV)."
Firms Report Advances in Hepatitis C Drugs
"Shares of two biotechnology companies jumped yesterday after they
reported some of the best results ever seen in treatment of a serious
liver virus, the latest indication that a cure for hepatitis C could be at
hand in a few years -- just in time to rescue millions of baby boomers
with the ailment."
blood for Hepatitis C, transfusion patients urged
"KUALA LUMPUR: Patients who received blood transfusions before 1997
have been asked to check their blood to ensure they are not infected with
Reports FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Oral HCV Protease Inhibitor
"Schering-Plough yesterday reported that the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to its
investigational oral hepatitis C protease inhibitor (SCH 503034),
currently in phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of chronic
hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection."
Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus In Vitro
"Liver transplant patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) achieved
significantly better long-term viral response when taking the
immunosuppressive agent Cyclosporine along with interferon-ribavirin
Granted Hepatitis C Patent in Europe
"MedMira Inc.,the global market leader in premium rapid diagnostic
solutions, announced today that it has been granted a patent for the HCV
Mosaic Antigen by the European Patent Office."
buys InterMune hepatitis C drug
"Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said Tuesday it closed its
purchase of the United States and Canadian rights to hepatitis C drug
Infergen from InterMune Inc. for $113.5 million in cash."
connection between hepatitis C virus and liver cancer identified
"Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB
) have identified a key biochemical connection between the hepatitis C
virus and liver cancer."
Clinical Trials, Cohort Studies, Pilot Studies
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monotherapy with pegylated interferon alpha-2b for acute hepatitis C
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and genotype-independent sustained virological response of a 12 week
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Basic And Applied Science, Pre-Clinical Studies
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link between translation of the hepatitis C virus polyprotein and
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of T-cell responses against immunodominant epitopes from hepatitis C virus
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Hepatitis C Virus-Specific CD4+ and CD8+ T Cell Responses Induced by
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endothelial cells promote LDL-R expression and the uptake of HCV-like
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liver pathology in hepatitis C virus transgenic mice expressing the
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transmission of hepatitis C virus genotypes and quasispecies in humans and
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With HIV-1 and Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type II in Intravenous Drug
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Fibrosis in HIV-Positive Patients With Hepatitis C Virus: Role of
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Complementary And Alternative Therapies
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study on the effects of treatment with two mistletoe preparations on
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programs for chronic viral hepatitis in three health departments.
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