Biotech Begins Phase I Clinical Trial in the USA for Subcutaneous
Belerofon(R), its Long-Lasting, Interferon-Alpha Drug
"Nautilus Biotech has announced that it has initiated a Phase I
clinical trial for subcutaneous Belerofon(R), its long-lasting human
Interferon (IFN) alpha. Belerofon has therapeutic potential for the
treatment of a number of conditions, including chronic Hepatitis C."
C Virus Can Block Other Hepatitis C Variants from Infecting The Same Cell
"There's infection and then there's superinfection - when a cell
already infected by a virus gets a second viral infection. But some
viruses don't like to share their cells. New research from Rockefeller
University shows that the hepatitis C virus, which infects cells in the
liver and can cause chronic liver disease, can block other hepatitis C
variants from infecting the same cell."
Immune Response to Viruses Like HIV And Hepatitis C Found By New Study
"After a viral infection, a small percentage of the T cells
generated to kill virus-infected cells remain on guard to establish
long-term immunity. These so-called memory T cells, which derive from a
family of immune cells known as CD8 T cells, engage in a self-renewal
process that is essential to their persistence. This ongoing process
ensures effective protection against any repeat infection by the same
virus, even decades later."
40% More Likely Than Others to Carry Hep C: Study
[Australia] "A study of hepatitis C carriers in South Australian
prisons has revealed that new prisoners have a 40 per cent higher
likelihood of carrying the virus than the general population. Female
inmates have a 65 per cent higher rate. Epidemiologist Doctor Emma Miller
says the high rate is because 70 per cent of people entering the state's
prisons are injecting drug users."
Patients: Modern Day Lepers
"The legislature has passed - and the governor has signed - a
bill making it virtually impossible for methadone treatment centers to
open in new locations in West Virginia. That means more than 500 Mercer
County residents - addicted to opiods - will continue to get up at 4:00 am
every morning and begin a fifty mile pilgrimage to either Beckley, WV or
Cedar Bluff, VA to get their much needed medicine, which by the way, will
cost them anywhere from ten to fifteen dollars a day."
Therapeutics and MUSC Present Two Posters at AACR 2007
"Novelos Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused
on the development of therapeutics to treat cancer and hepatitis, today
announced that the company, in collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Tew and Dr.
Danyelle Townsend of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), is
making two poster presentations at the ongoing American Association for
Cancer Research annual meeting."
Team Kicks Off New Campaign
"Summer is approaching, which means (among other things) that
Chicago's Hep Team-in partnership with the Chicago Department of
Public Health and various community-based organizations-is going to hit
the season's LGBT-related events in an attempt to make sure that the
area's men who have sex with men (MSM) are protected against hepatitis A
and hepatitis B."
Porter - Hero paramedic gets her pension, but City Hall still doesn't get
"THE BATTLE began seven years ago on the cold, hard
floor of City Hall, where paramedic Mary Kohler slept for two weeks to
call attention to the plight of rescue workers with hepatitis C. She was
weak, sick from the blood-borne disease she knew she'd contracted
somewhere along the way - delivering babies, giving mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation, bandaging wounds - during 11 years on the job."
to Mark Hep C Awareness Month
[Canada] "May is Hepatitis C Awareness Month. On May 1, the
Prince George New Hope Society marks the occasion with its first annual
Hepatitis C Candlelight Vigil in Prince George. Alison Paul of the
Hepatitis C Council of B.C. says the statistics - scary as they are -
speak for themselves. Our province has been hard hit by the devastating
disease, said Paul."
the Ante: SLU Liver Center Leads Record Number of Hep C Research Protocols
"While many research institutions are suffering from funding
cuts, Drs. Bruce R. Bacon and Adrian M. Di Bisceglie are chugging away
with their usual tenacity. As co-directors of the Saint Louis University
Liver Center, Bacon and Di Bisceglie are overseeing one of the biggest
influxes of research dollars in their tenure as SLU hepatologists -
totaling more than $1 million. All of the research protocols have one
thing in common: They're investigating new ways to treat -- and hopefully
cure -- hepatitis C, called the "silent killer" because patients
display no outward symptoms, allowing the disease to worsen over time,
eventually leading to cirrhosis and premature death."
More UK Gay Men Getting Hepatitis C
[UK] "More gay men are getting hepatitis C through
sex every year, the 13th BHIVA Conference heard in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Between 2002 and June 2006, there were 389 cases of recently acquired
hepatitis C in HIV-positive gay men seen in 15 HIV clinics, said Dr. Murad
Ruf of Britain's Health Protection Agency. The clinics serve 85 percent of
London's HIV-positive population.There were also six cases in HIV-negative
men seen in London genito-urinary medicine clinics."
The Fear That Can Haunt Police on Our Streets
[Australia] "ONE of the Sunshine Coast's top police
officers recently spoke candidly about her concerns many people had lost
their respect for members of the service. Acting Superintendent Anne
Macdonald said she could see a worrying change in attitude, which was
putting her officers in more danger than ever before. Today a local
policeman tells how his life was turned upside down after a brief but
explosive confrontation with one man whose attitude and actions were
indicative of that lack of respect."
clinical trials, cohort studies, and pilot studies
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