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Milk Thistle of Little Help Against Hepatitis C: Study
Date:7/17/2012

oticeable side effects.

Patients often turn to milk thistle because they're frustrated by the inability of medicine to relieve the symptoms of their liver disease, explained Dr. Eugene Schiff, director of the Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Milk thistle appears to be safe, he said, but it just doesn't have any effect.

The good news is that new drugs are on the horizon that should help improve the treatment of hepatitis C, Schiff said.

The study appears in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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For more about milk thistle, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Michael Fried, M.D., professor, medicine, and director, UNC Liver Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Eugene Schiff, M.D, professor, medicine, and director, Center for Liver Diseases, Schiff Liver Institute and Hepatology Laboratory, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; July 18, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association


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