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April 28, 2015

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April 28, 2015

Better Evidence Needed to Guide EU Efforts to Increase Hep B and C Testing

Apr. 25, 2015 — The apparent dearth of research on hepatitis B and C testing in many European countries could be hampering efforts to identify infected individuals, according to results from a comprehensive review ... read more

Sofosbuvir/daclatasvir Combination Effective Treatment for Difficult-to-Treat Hep C Patients

Apr. 25, 2015 — New results show that the sofosbuvir (SOF)/daclatasvir (DCV) treatment combination is effective amongst hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype-1 mono-infected patients. These results are significant ... read more

Alcohol Use Disorders Stronger Predictor of Mortality Than Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Apr. 25, 2015 — Scientists show that alcohol use disorders (AUD) have a serious, negative prognostic outcome with higher mortality risks in the general population and patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection ... read more

Cancer Rates Among Patients With Hepatitis C Are Increased Compared to Those Not Infected

Apr. 24, 2015 — New results show that cancer rates in patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) were significantly increased compared to the non-HCV cohort. The researchers suggest an extrahepatic manifestation of ... read more

Novel Immunotherapeutic, TG1050, Shows Early Signs of Potential for Chronic Hepatitis B Cure

Apr. 23, 2015 — A novel immunotherapeutic in early development for chronic hepatitis B , has been shown to reach the clinical goals that are considered to be the hallmarks of a cure for ... read more

Delaying Treatment for Hepatitis C Puts Patients' Lives at Risk

Apr. 23, 2015 — New data highlights the impact of delaying treatment for the hepatitis C virus. Researchers found that treatment delays have a serious detrimental effect on treatment efficacy, increasing the risk of ... read more

Daclatasvir-Sofosbuvir Combination Highly Effective and Well Tolerated in Patients With Hepatitis C

Apr. 23, 2015 — Phase III results show that once-daily treatment with daclatasvir plus sofosbuvir resulted in an overall 97 percent sustained virologic response at 12 weeks post-treatment in patients with hepatitis ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — A post-exposure treatment that is effective against a specific strain of the Ebola virus that killed thousands of people in West Africa has been developed by researchers. The treatment uses a ... read more

A Bad Buzz: Men With HIV Need Fewer Drinks to Feel Effects

Apr. 20, 2015 — Researchers compared the number of drinks that men with HIV infection, versus those without it, needed to get a buzz. They found that HIV-infected men were more sensitive to the effects of alcohol ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — A potential cure for hepatitis B virus infections has been found with a promising new treatment proving 100 per cent successful in eliminating the infection in preclinical models. Australian patients ... read more

Pancreatic Cancer Loses Viral Defenses When Talking With Supporting Cells

Apr. 20, 2015 — Researchers have unlocked a way to make pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to cancer-killing viruses, known as oncolytic viruses. The scientists have discovered how they can exploit the ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a protein that plays a central role in promoting immunity to viruses and cancer, opening the door to new therapies. Experiments in mice and human cells have shown that the ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A newly developed spectroscopy method is helping to clarify the poorly understood molecular process by which an anti-HIV drug induces lethal mutations in the virus's genetic material. The ... read more

Finding New Drugs for Infectious Diseases: Selecting the Right Tool for the Job

Apr. 14, 2015 — Randomized clinical trials of new drugs have long been considered the 'gold standard' in determining safety and efficacy before drugs, biologics, vaccines or devices are introduced to the ... read more

How Best to Test Ebola Treatment

Apr. 14, 2015 — An unconventional clinical trial design might have advantages over classical trials for testing treatments for Ebola virus disease (EVD), suggests a new study. The work provides much-needed data to ... read more

Six Questions About HIV/AIDS That Deserve More Attention

Apr. 14, 2015 — As HIV investigators work to control and eradicate the virus worldwide, certain myths or misconceptions about the disease have been embraced, whereas other concepts with merit have been left ... read more

Unearthing New Antivirals

Apr. 14, 2015 — A team of biologists has developed a platform for identifying drugs that could prove to be effective against a variety of viral diseases. Over the past several years, the researchers have been ... read more

Ebola Analysis Finds Virus Hasn't Become Deadlier, Yet

Apr. 13, 2015 — Research using cutting edge computer analysis reveals that despite mutating, Ebola hasn't evolved to become deadlier since the first outbreak 40 years ago. The surprising results demonstrate ... read more

Cancer Virology Team Reveals New Pathway That Controls How Cells Make Proteins

Apr. 13, 2015 — A serendipitous combination of technology and scientific discovery, coupled with a hunch, allowed researchers to reveal a previously invisible biological process that may be implicated in the rapid ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — It may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that bacteria have an immune system -- in their case to fight off invasive viruses called phages. And like any immune system -- from single-celled to human ... read more

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