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UCLA study assesses cost-effectiveness of Hepatitis B drugs

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Hepatitis B is the most common serious liver infection in the world. The virus attacks liver cells and chronic hepatitis B disease can lead to liver failure, cirrhosis or cancer of the liver. About 90 percent of healthy adults who are infected with Hepatitis B recover with no problems, but 10 percent develop chronic disease. In children who have been infected, 60 percent develop chronic disease.

Other authors include Dr. Ian M. Gralnek, MSHS, Dr. Gareth S. Dulai, MSHS, and Mary Farid, Division of Gastroenterology, VA Greater Los Angeles HealthCare System and Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Center for the Study of Digestive Healthcare Quality and Outcomes, Los Angeles, California; and Dr. Paul Martin, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York.


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