Navigation Links
Success of Hepatitis C Drugs May Depend on Gene Variant
Date:6/13/2010

Researchers hope to identify patients for whom treatment will be ineffective

SATURDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A genetic variant associated with poor response to treatment for hepatitis C infection has been identified by scientists.

The researchers analyzed the DNA of 1,362 hepatitis C patients and pinpointed the variant in those who failed to respond to treatment. The variant occurs in a gene called IL28B, which encodes for the antiviral cytokine (cell-signaling) interferon lambda.

The study was to be presented Saturday at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics.

Current treatment for hepatitis C includes a combination of an interferon and the antiviral medication ribavirin. Side effects are common and can be so serious that some people have to take time off work.

Identifying hepatitis C patients with this genetic variant could spare them from suffering side effects from a treatment that will provide them with little benefit, said the scientists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland in a news release from the European Society of Human Genetics.

The research may also help in the development of new treatments, they said.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about hepatitis C.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: European Society of Human Genetics, news release, June 12, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Connecture, Inc. Launches New Technology Package to Increase Health Insurance Carriers' Success in the Online Individual Market
2. SIS Rules-Based Charging Solution Successfully Peer Reviewed by HFMA for Third Consecutive Year
3. Parabit Systems Successfully Installs Infant Protection Systems at Major Long Island Hospitals
4. Injections May Boost Knee Surgery Success
5. From Conflict to Consensus: Interaction Associates Outlines How Leaders Can Achieve Successful Alignment and Implementation
6. Pathological Gambling May Be Successfully Treated With Medications for Substance Addiction
7. First successful use of expanded umbilical-cord blood units to treat leukemia
8. Race, Weight May Influence Success of Prostate Surgery
9. Allegheny Medical Achieves Remarkable Success with Their Fibromyalgia Flow Care Plan
10. AquaNatal Birth Center Gives Away a Waterbirth Package to Celebrate the Successful MAMA Campaign
11. Local Businesses Team with Success 4 Kids & Families to Provide Holiday Gifts and Meals for Needy Families
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Success of Hepatitis C Drugs May Depend on Gene Variant
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery, announced today the publication of ... observational registry established to standardize data collection from patients treated with stereotactic ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... , ... Usually, the impending arrival of warmer weather means the gleeful banishment ... double chin, this means more anxiety than elation. The cosmetic dermatology experts at Cosmetic ... double chin is undesirable,” Dr. Goldman said, “but it seems doubly so when the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Neurotechnology , a ... time and attendance tracking products: the new NCheck Cloud Bio Attendance cloud-based service ... uses biometric face recognition to enable users to check in and out from ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Columbus OH. Dr. Justin Harper, Founder ... few medical professionals in the country to sit on the 2017 National Advisory Board ... just 2 years Dr. Harper helped propel the clinic from a small start-up to ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 28, 2017 , ... The Lice Treatment Center® booth at ... was a busy spot this year. Liz Solovay and Adrian Picheny, the firm’s ... among camp communities during the upcoming 2017 camping season. “Lice infestations at some ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... 28, 2017 The global ... a value of USD 4.5 billion by 2025, according ... Proper closure of injured tissues post operation is a ... leakages occur in 3% to 15% of cases and ... for one third of postoperative deaths in patients. Surgical ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... SINGAPORE , March 27, 2017 ... a digital health and data analytics company, signed ... collaborations for improving healthcare delivery in the region. ... Institute for Global Health Research and Technology (BIGHEART) ... relationship on several topics related to healthcare IT ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017  A recent study ... only four freestanding hospitals in the country dedicated to ... and reconstructive surgery, concluded that the Surfacide Helios ® ... integral component in reducing bacterial pathogens not killed by ... were published at the American Burn Association,s 49th Annual ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: