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HBV suppression leads to regression of varices in patients with cirrhosis

November 30, 2015

A majority of patients with cirrhosis who underwent nucleotide analog therapy for hepatitis B virus infection also experienced regression of pre-existing esophageal varices. Those who did not have esophageal varices had a lower risk for developing them de novo.

 “Given these clinical benefits, strategies of surveillance in pharmacologically suppressed HBV patients need to be refined with reference to timing of endoscopy,” the researchers wrote.

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PEG-IFN/ribavirin therapy works equally well at 24 or 48 weeks for HCV genotype 6

November 30, 2015
In southern China, peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin combination therapy works as well for 24 weeks as it does for 48 weeks in patients with HCV genotype 6a.“In…
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Late-onset group B streptococcal sepsis exceeds early-onset pediatric cases in Switzerland

November 30, 2015
Cases of late-onset group B streptococcal sepsis were more prevalent than early-onset cases among pediatric hospitals in Switzerland, according to recent data in The
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Motavizumab reduces RSV hospitalizations in Native American infants

November 30, 2015
The use of motavizumab significantly reduced hospitalizations for respiratory syncytial virus in healthy Native American infants, according to recent findings.“To…

$2.5 million grant focuses on how vector-borne diseases become epidemics

November 29, 2015
Two Kansas State University researchers are among an international team that will use a $2.5 million grant to explore how vector-borne diseases spread across great…
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Evolution of HIV Treatment: How to Start, How to Switch, How to Treat HIV/HCV Co-infection

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Improvements in antiretroviral therapy (ART) continue to be made with the development of simplified, single-tablet…
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Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

November 25, 2015
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The Patient with HIV Infection

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The selection of the initial regimen is critical in that it is usually the longest duration regimen that a patient will…
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