Liver disease

June 26, 2019 - 4:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For years, Louisiana offered hepatitis C treatment to only the most severe cases in its Medicaid program and prisons, unable to afford broader access to the extremely high-priced medications. That will change in July, when the state begins a first-in-the-nation treatment...
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June 06, 2019 - 11:20 am
MORGANTOWN, W.V. (AP) — An initiative to combat the rise of hepatitis C infections has launched in West Virginia. News outlets report a five-year program called HepConnect launched Wednesday at West Virginia University. It was created by California-based biotech company Gilead Sciences. Gilead Head...
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In this February 2019 photo provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Mandeep Mehra, executive director of Brigham’s Center for Advanced Heart Disease, checks on patient James Sullivon at the hospital in Boston. Sullivon, who received a hepatitis C-positive heart transplant, was given antiviral medicine shortly after the procedure in hopes of blocking hepatitis C infection rather than having to treat it. (Adam Knee/Brigham and Women's Hospital via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 5:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study suggests doctors can safely transplant lungs or hearts from hepatitis C-positive donors without infecting the recipients. It's the latest attempt to speed transplants by using organs that otherwise would be thrown away. Doctors first experimented with hepatitis C-...
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March 21, 2019 - 1:16 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering North Carolina prison authorities to quit denying expensive medicines to most inmates believed to carry a potentially deadly blood-borne infection. U.S. District Judge William Osteen this week ordered that the three inmates suing prison officials...
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February 18, 2019 - 10:41 pm
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man detained by Border Patrol for illegal re-entry died Monday at a hospital in Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Andrew Meehan says the 45-year-old man was initially apprehended Feb. 2 and requested medical attention. He was taken to a medical...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, chemotherapy drugs are administered to a patient at a hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. The U.S. cancer death rate has been falling between 1991 and 2016, and so far there’s little sign the decline is slowing, according to a report released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Patrick Gentry
January 08, 2019 - 10:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say. But it's not all good...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo a man passes behind a sign warning of an upcoming street cleaning in San Diego. An audit by the California Legislature has found the city and county of San Diego faltered in quickly controlling a Hepatitis A outbreak last year that grew to be among the largest seen in the United States in decades.. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city and county of San Diego failed to quickly control a hepatitis A outbreak last year that grew to be among the largest seen in the U.S. in decades, according to a state audit released Thursday. The county lacked a concrete hepatitis A prevention plan that led to a delay in...
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December 18, 2018 - 4:24 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, hoping to keep numbers low for the contagious liver disease. It's the 15th state to declare an outbreak. Dr. Joe Kanter says Louisiana's 25 outbreak cases are far fewer than in nearby states including Arkansas, Kentucky and...
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November 06, 2018 - 1:32 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A. According to a news release, the death happened in October. News outlets reported Tuesday that additional details about the case are not being...
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August 06, 2018 - 5:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A study finds U.S. patients who accepted kidneys infected with hepatitis C were later cured. Doctors reported Monday their new organs are working fine thanks to medication that got rid of the virus. Compared to patients who received uninfected organs, their new kidneys work just as...
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