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Merck hepatitis C drugs show promise

A two-drug combination being tested by Merck & Co to treat hepatitis C cured 98 percent of previously untreated patients without cirrhosis in a midstage clinical trial, providing the latest evidence that the US drugmaker will be highly compe

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FDA strengthens hepatitis B warning on cancer drugs

US health regulators have strengthened the warnings on two blood cancer drugs to reflect the risk that they may reactivate the hepatitis B virus in patients previously infected with the disease. The warnings affect GlaxoSmithKline

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WHO urges governments to act on hepatitis threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year, as part of World Hepatitis Day which falls on July 28.  

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UAE launches Hepatitis awareness campaign

The Emirates Gastroenterology and Hepatology Society (EGHS)-Emirates Medical Association has announced the launch of a two-month Hepatitis C virus awareness campaign in the emirates. Leading pharma group Roche is the official spon

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9.2m in Mena 'hit by chronic Hepatitis C'

Hepatitis C is highly prevalent in the Mena region with approximately 9.2 million individuals infected with this condition, according to a report. The announcement was made at a press conference in Dubai on World Hepatitis Day, attended by

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Egypt tops in hepatitis infection rate

Egypt has the highest rates of new hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the world, according to a new study. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also estimates more than 500,000 new HCV infections o

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New drug 'fights hepatitis B better'

Two international studies of a new drug, telbivudine, have produced potentially good news for hepatitis B patients. The studies show that it suppresses the virus that damages the liver faster and better than other treatments. Chron

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MMR jabs to continue in Bahrain

Bahrain will not stop the immunisation of children against the viral diseases mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), says Health Ministry head of disease control Dr Muna Al Mousawi. 'We have decided to stop administering the booster dose o

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Hepatitis A jabs for all pupils

Bahrain is to stop compulsorily immunising schoolchildren against the viral diseases mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) from this year. Instead they will be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. Health Ministry head of disease control Dr M

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