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:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer ... through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading ... a one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate all the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can ... Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey ... cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the ... Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We ... new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland ... iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness ... & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex ... as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and ... a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... Devices Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to ... the treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it ... excess fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment ... potassium and chloride in balance. Increasing number ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... date financial data derived from varied research sources to present ... impact on the market during the next five years, including ... sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 ... Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any indication, the ... announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org by the ... diabetes stand in the way of academic and community ... Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and continues to advocate ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: