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Hepatitis outbreak in Bhakkar affects 850 in one month

Report by Farhan Paracha BHAKKAR DISTRICT: Around 850 cases of hepatitis were reported from Bhakkar in one month as the infectious disease becomes widespread in the district.  The shocking figures became public knowledge after a Hepatitis Treatment and Prevention Clinic opened at Bhakkar DHQ Hospital where as many as 840 patients checked into the clinic…

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10-year lifespan gain for some HIV patients: study

PARIS: The life expectancy of HIV-infected people in Europe and the United States has been boosted by a decade since anti-AIDS drugs became available in the mid-1990s, researchers said Thursday.

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Cases of hepatitis B and C hit 325 million: WHO

GENEVA: An estimated 325 million people are living with hepatitis B or C and few are aware of their condition, with death tolls from the viruses rising, the UN said Friday.

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Revolutionary hepatitis C drugs leave public health systems reeling

MADRID: They’ve brought hope to millions, drugs so revolutionary that they can cure hepatitis C and so expensive that neither patients nor public health services can afford them — an issue to be raised at this week’s G7. The pills made by US group Gilead Sciences are just one example of efficient yet costly treatments…

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New AbbVie hepatitis C regimen shows high cure rates

An experimental once-daily combination hepatitis C treatment being developed by AbbVie Inc demonstrated very high cure rates across a wide range of disease genotypes, according to data presented on Saturday, likely giving the company a more competitive product if approved. Cure rates of 97 percent to 100 percent over either eight or 12 weeks of…

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Sindh govt continues fight against hepatitis

KARACHI: The Sindh government has launched a special campaign called Hepatitis-free Sindh to spread awareness about hepatitis and combat the disease in the province. A camp was also set up at SAMAA TV ‘s head office in Karachi in this regard on April 14 where free screening was provided. People were also administered the vaccine as well…

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Pakistan to import ‘game-changing’ Hepatitis-C drug: officials

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has authorized the import of an expensive Hepatitis-C drug from the United States to improve treatment for the estimated eight million people carrying the blood infection, officials said Monday. Hailed by experts as a game-changer, Sovaldi, which has been on the market since 2013, costs around $1,000 per pill in the US or $84,000…

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Mullah Omar died of Hepatitis C in Afghanistan, says son

PESHAWAR: Mullah Omar, founder of the Afghan Taliban, died of natural causes in Afghanistan, his son said in a statement calling for unity and quashing rumors about his father’s mysterious death amid a leadership dispute. The dispute within the Taliban threatens a fledgling peace process with the Afghan government. The Taliban in July officially confirmed…

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