Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hepatitis C Weekend News

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Official Title: A Randomized, Active-Controlled, Dose-Ranging Estimation Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Different Regimens of MK-5172 When Administered Concomitantly With Peginterferon Alfa-2b and Ribavirin in Treatment-Naïve Patients With Chronic Genotype 1 Hepatitis C Virus Infection

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment.
Verified on May 2011 by Merck
First Received on May 12, 2011. Last Updated on May 13, 2011

New Hepatitis C Treatment


In patients older than 60 years, a small study has shown that shortened wait times outweigh the slight risk for seroconversion with HCV-infected donor kidneys, with better survival times.
21 May 2011
Abbott announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its RealTime PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for measuring the viral load of hepatitis C (HCV), the leading cause of...

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine

Cancer treatments often have the side effect of impairing the patient's immune system. This can result in life-threatening secondary infections from bacteria and fungi, especially since bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus...


Johnson & Johnson failed to warn parents that its Children's Motrin and Children's Tylenol pain relievers can cause severe allergic reactions, a lawyer for the family of a girl allegedly injured by the drugs told a Philadelphia jury. J&J's lawyers say the family hasn't proven her reaction was linked to the company's products. Report

Stanford University has disciplined five faculty members at its medical school for violating school policy by giving paid promotional speeches for drugmakers, according to ProPublica, which a few months ago wrote that Stanford was one of several teaching hospitals that failed to enforce their own conflict-of-interest rules. At the time, more than a dozen faculty members were identified as paid speakers (back story).

Off The Cuff

Cross posted from Nature's news blog blog on behalf of Gwyneth Dickey Zakaib.
In the wake of the 2010 discovery that U.S. government-funded scientists intentionally infected unknowing Guatemalan citizens with syphilis in the 1940s, President Obama has asked his Commission on for the Study of Bioethical Issues to take a good hard look at whether human subjects today are adequately protected in federally funded research.
At the commission's 5th meeting on 18-19 May in the Warwick New York Hotel, an invited panel's words rang loud and clear: the system may provide adequate protection, but it's a mess.
"What began as a venture in confronting the misuse and abuse of research subjects has become a bureaucratized system of regulation that often misses the core of what the mission had begun to do," says Ronald Bayer, a professor and co-chair of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City. He adds that regulation plays a crucial role, especially in light of history, but the core issues have fallen by the wayside.
Continue reading on the Nature news blog.


Lisa Copen, 05.16.2011
Founder of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week and Rest Ministries
If you live with a chronic illness, only you are capable of making the wisest choice possible based on many factors. If you love someone with an illness, be cautious in sharing your opinion about his or her decisions.

Earlier this week, Oprah aired the second part of her interview with author James Frey. As some may recall, Frey came to his celebrity when he published a best-selling book, A Million Little Pieces, which was presented as a memoir of his experiences during his treatment for alcohol and drug addiction at a rehabilitation center in Minnesota. The book came to the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who was so impressed by it that she made it one of her Oprah Book Club selections, causing sales to skyrocket even further. However, it was later revealed that Frey fabricated large parts of his memoirs, including details about his criminal record. Oprah invited Frey back on her show for what turned out to be a confrontation about his deceptions. As part of her final season, Oprah once again sat down with Frey to discuss the whole controversy and how they have finally made peace with each other.

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