Navigation Links
New Test Helps Identify Hepatitis C Patients at High Risk of Developing Cirrhosis

A researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine has helped confirm the reliability of a new test for liver disease based on each// individual's genetic makeup.

The Stanford group was one of the five sites that helped determine that the genetic test can identify patients who are at high risk of developing cirrhosis from chronic hepatitis C infection. That means high-risk patients could be directed toward a long course of expensive, debilitating drug therapy, while low-risk patients might be better off delaying treatment.

"Management of cirrhosis patients is challenging," said Ramsey Cheung, MD, associate professor of medicine at the school and chief of hepatology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, who led the Stanford arm of the study. "This test is the first of its kind to use the genetic makeup of each patient to determine who is likely to develop cirrhosis. High-risk patients should be targeted for early treatment."

The test looks at variations of seven genes, and was developed by Celera, headquartered in Rockville, Md.

Cheung is the senior author of the study, which will be published in the April 27 advance online issue of the journal Hepatology. Cheung is a paid consultant for Celera, which also funded the study.

"Current therapy for hepatitis C unfortunately is very expensive, has multiple side effects and a suboptimal response rate for most patients," said Cheung. Treatment includes weekly injections of alpha interferon along with the drug ribavirin, which can cost more than $30,000 per year and can cause flu-like symptoms, nausea, depression and other side effects. And only half of patients undergoing this therapy will be cured of the infection.

Nearly 4 million Americans are infected with the hepatitis C virus, of which nearly 80 percent have a chronic infection, according to the American Liver Foundation. Chronic infection can lead to the severe scarring kn
'"/>




Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Antibiotics Helps Autism
2. Serum Progesterone Helps Stratify Ectopic Pregnancy Risk
3. Prescription Drug - Helps People Stop Smoking
4. New Drug PP188 Helps Sickle Cell Disease
5. Red Wine Helps Fight Heart disease
6. Creatine Helps Strengthen Older Men
7. Cholesterol Drug Helps After Angioplasty
8. Virus Helps Remove Brain Cancer
9. Eating Fish Helps the Heart
10. Antidepressant Helps Relieve Hot Flashes
11. Epilepsy Drug Helps Diabetic Nerve Damage
Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/28/2015)... ... July 28, 2015 , ... Please join us for the 5th Annual Step for ... located at Gary Avenue and Lies Road in Carol Stream. All are welcome. , ... and provide education and help to support individuals and families affected by a brain aneurysm. ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... ... July 28, 2015 , ... One of the most common ... is plantar fasciitis . Zensah, the Miami-based compression brand, offers a product ... athletic trainer, the Zensah Ankle Support’s primary benefits include helping support the ankle, ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... ... July 28, 2015 , ... Intellitec Solutions has been named by ... of Value Added Resellers of ERP Software is a look at the firms that ... honor represents the second such award in 2015 for Intellitec Solutions, following being named ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... ... 28, 2015 , ... Headaches are the number one neurological ailment affecting people ... suffering from headaches and back pain often find relief by seeking regular treatment from ... 's nine offices in the St. Louis area welcome new clients to try the ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... TN (PRWEB) , ... July 28, 2015 , ... ... of the post surgical spine patient with discussion and demonstration of specific rehabilitation ... . Gain insight into the actual surgical process with an extensive interview conducted ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:5th Annual Step for Hope 5K Run/Walk Event in Carol Stream, IL to Benefit Renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation 2Health News:Zensah Releases Compression Sleeve To Relieve Ankle Pain and Plantar Fasciitis 2Health News:Intellitec Solutions Named by Accounting Today as Top 100 Value Added Reseller 2Health News:The Joint St. Louis Offers “2 for Thursday” Special, Chiropractic Care Services, Affordable Back Pain Relief 2Health News:North American Seminars Introduces a New OT PT PTA Online Continuing Education Course on the Treatment of Post Surgical Cervical and Lumbar Spine Patients 2Health News:North American Seminars Introduces a New OT PT PTA Online Continuing Education Course on the Treatment of Post Surgical Cervical and Lumbar Spine Patients 3Health News:North American Seminars Introduces a New OT PT PTA Online Continuing Education Course on the Treatment of Post Surgical Cervical and Lumbar Spine Patients 4Health News:North American Seminars Introduces a New OT PT PTA Online Continuing Education Course on the Treatment of Post Surgical Cervical and Lumbar Spine Patients 5Health News:North American Seminars Introduces a New OT PT PTA Online Continuing Education Course on the Treatment of Post Surgical Cervical and Lumbar Spine Patients 6
... who were suicidal has highlighted the main challenges they face when ... decide what they should do about it. The research was ... Medicine and Dentistry, supported by Devon NHS Partnership Trust and funded ... the British Medical Journal on 22nd October 2011 (online ...
... Baltimore, MD Oct. 20, 2011. Researchers warn of a ... and home foreclosures. The study, released today in the ... survey of the impact the current housing crisis is having ... 50 and found high rates of depression among those behind ...
... Jenifer Goodwin HealthDay Reporter , THURSDAY, Oct. 20 ... on your mortgage payments hurts more than just your finances, ... struggle can also harm your physical and psychological health. ... 2,500 Americans who took part in the Health and Retirement ...
... , THURSDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Female drivers ... vehicle crashes, possibly because of a lack of vehicle safety ... the study, the researchers examined crash data from across the ... whether driver gender influenced injury risk. Forty-three percent of the ...
... -- Robins play a major role in the transmission of West ... that carry the virus, new research finds. West Nile virus ... and is now well established throughout North and South America. Although ... key species of birds and mosquitoes play the major role in ...
... University and physicians from Emory University are going to test ... critically ill patient is about to worsen, and more importantly, ... to arm doctors with a forecasting tool," said Rice,s Michael ... from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "To forecast the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Study highlights issues faced by friends and family of the suicidal 2Health News:Emerging public health crisis linked to mortgage default and foreclosure 2Health News:Emerging public health crisis linked to mortgage default and foreclosure 3Health News:Foreclosure Crisis Threatening Americans' Health: Study 2Health News:Foreclosure Crisis Threatening Americans' Health: Study 3Health News:Car Crash Injury Risk Greater for Women Drivers: Study 2Health News:Robins Are 'Super-Spreaders' of West Nile Virus, Expert Says 2Health News:Cloudy with a chance of sudden death 2Health News:Cloudy with a chance of sudden death 3
(Date:7/28/2015)... Mike Rowe , spokesperson and reality television personality, will ... 2015 ThoughtSpot conference and tradeshow, which runs from ... Nev. Best known for his ... Channel,s, "Dirty Jobs," Mr. Rowe spent a decade traveling across ... whose hard work, sacrifice and value aren,t always recognized. Prior ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... 2015 Baebies, Inc. today announced the completion ... The oversubscribed round of financing included key investors Rex ... Cunning Capital, Triad, LLC, the Duke Angel Network and ... of Advanced Liquid Logic,s (ALL) former investors including Charleston ... "Rex is pleased to support this promising ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... 28, 2015  Zipnosis, the first virtual care solution to ... launch their own branded virtual care service line, announced an ... CareNow is currently in use. ... As health ... recognize the value of providing their own branded online care ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Mike Rowe to Address Community Pharmacists at ThoughtSpot 2015 2Baebies, Inc. Raises $13 Million in Oversubscribed Round of Financing 2Zipnosis Announces Group Health to use Virtual Care Service Line 2Zipnosis Announces Group Health to use Virtual Care Service Line 3
EnTrust family of ICDs provides a suite of features for total AT/AF co-morbidity management, including diagnostics to detect when your patient develops AT/AF, and both termination and intervention th...
... a key participant in the area of ... decade. Previous Medtronic autotransfusion systems allowed clinicians ... well as to determine requirements for a ... (PRP) for a small amount of autologous ...
... SJM Pericardial Patch with EnCap technology ... vessel reconstruction/repair and for pericardial closure. ... offers surgeons durability and flexibility, plus ... patches. Equally important in a tissue ...
... triaxial catheter design and ergonomic handle ... proprietary radiopaque Nitinol markers on the ... stent enhance visibility. Corrugated ring design ... the nested ring pattern minimizes stent ...
Medicine Products: