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New Hepatitis Treatment With Old Drug Could Help Patients

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August 28, 2013
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Hepatitis C can be hard to treat, but a new treatment that combines an old drug with a new one could be an answer.


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Gilead's $1000-a-Pill Drug Could Cure Hep C in HIV-Positive People

Gilead's $1000-a-Pill Drug Could Cure Hep C in HIV-Positive People

TheStreet (July 21, 2014) — New research shows Gilead Science's drug Sovaldi helps in curing hepatitis C in those who suffer from HIV. In a medical study, the combination of Gilead's Hep C drug with anti-viral drug Ribavirin cured 76% of HIV-positive patients suffering from the most common hepatitis C strain. Hepatitis C and related complications have been a top cause of death in HIV-positive patients. Typical medication used to treat the disease, including interferon proteins, tended to react badly with HIV drugs. However, Sovaldi's %1,000-a-pill price tag could limit the number of patients able to access the treatment. TheStreet's Keris Lahiff reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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Federal Government Needs More Marijuana for Research Studies

Federal Government Needs More Marijuana for Research Studies

TheStreet (May 9, 2014) — The National Institute for Drug Abuse, or NIDA, has asked the Drug Enforcement Agency for more marijuana. NIDA has requested an increase from 21,000 grams to 650,000 grams, or roughly 1,433 pounds of pot. As of January, NIDA has funded 28 active grants related to therapeutic uses of marijuana in six different disease categories covering AIDS, pain, schizophrenia, seizures and hard drug withdrawal. But NIDA frequently contradicts on the subject of marijuana: a NIDA-funded study at Yale looking at cannabis as a treatment for schizophrenia warned that marijuana could worsen the condition. NIDA gets its pot from The University of Mississippi, the only legal marijuana farm that grows pot for the government. The request is now open to the public for comment. Video provided by TheStreet
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Fast Track: Treatments for Alzheimer's, Post-Surgical Pain, and Oral Mucositis

Fast Track: Treatments for Alzheimer's, Post-Surgical Pain, and Oral Mucositis

Ivanhoe (Sep. 10, 2013) — Researchers are on the fast track to develop a treatment designed to reduce neuro-psychiatric symptoms, or NPS, in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are also getting the green light to develop a treatment that could prevent post-surgical chronic pain. Another potential breakthrough in the fast lane: a treatment for oral mucositis.
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FDA Approves Groundbreaking Hepatitis C Treatment

FDA Approves Groundbreaking Hepatitis C Treatment

Newsy (Dec. 7, 2013) — Friday the FDA approved a new hepatitis C treatment that cured 90 percent of patients during trials.
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