Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/6/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

New drug could wipe out silent killer responsible for majority of liver transplants

Hepatitis C, a silent, deadly illness that kills more Americans annually than AIDS, is the leading condition behind liver transplants. There is reason to hope with the introduction of a new medication that has had remarkable success in clinical trials. "There is no doubt we are on the verge of wiping out hepatitis C," Dr. Mitchell L. Shiffman says, the director of the Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia.

While it can be transmitted sexually, hepatitis C is transmitted chiefly through shared needles.

While it can be transmitted sexually, hepatitis C is transmitted chiefly through shared needles.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

11/6/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Hepatitis C, infection, new drugs, HIV, needles

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the course of the next three years, new drugs are expected to come to be made available that will cure most patients with the virus. In some cases, one pill a day will all that it will take . and with only minimal side effects.

Current treatments for Hepatitis C cure about 70 percent of newly treated patients - but require six to 12 months of injections that can bring debilitating side effects.

The new drugs are expected to cost from $60,000 to more than $100,000 for a course of treatment. For the uninsured or those in developing countries, access to these drugs may prove to be difficult.

Many of those afflicted find themselves in a "Catch 22:" Even when discounts or generic drugs are offered to poor countries, there are no international agencies or charities that buy hepatitis C medications, as there are for H.I.V. and malaria drugs.

Some express concern that the bill will be run up when large numbers of people who have maintained without the new drugs will suddenly turn to them. Many people infected with hepatitis C never suffer serious liver problems.

"The vast majority of patients who are infected with this virus never have any trouble," Dr. Ronald Koretz, emeritus professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles says.

Currently it's not possible to tell in advance whether an infected individual will go on to suffer serious consequences. For patients who can afford the new drugs, the temptation to take them before trouble arises will be powerful.

An estimated three to four million Americans are infected with hepatitis C. About 150 million, which are three to five times the number who have H.I.V. Have hepatitis C worldwide. Most people who are infected do not know it, because it can take decades for the virus to damage the liver sufficiently to cause symptoms.

The number of new infections in the United States has fallen to about 17,000 a year, from more than 200,000 per year in the 1980s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There has been a recent rise in cases among young people who inject pain medicines or heroin.

About 16,600 Americans had hepatitis C listed as a cause of death on death certificates in 2010, but this may only represent a small fraction. According to the Centers for Disease Control, while there are fewer new infections, the number of deaths is expected to keep rising as the infections incurred years ago increasingly take their toll.

Hepatitis C is spread chiefly through the sharing of needles, although it can also be acquired during sex. The virus was transmitted through blood transfusions before testing of donated blood began in 1992.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Health

Buying your way to immortality? British super-rich engaging in experimental schemes Watch

Image of Omniya clinic in Knightsbridge offers lots of costly items that prolong youth - and in some cases, life itself.


Money, they say, cannot buy happiness - but many of England's super rich are investing in cellular rejuvenation to buy themselves some extra years on their mortality clock. Omniya clinic in Knightsbridge offers lots of costly items that prolong youth - and in ... continue reading

3 things you need to know NOW about the 'last resort' drug Watch

Image of


The number of drug-resistant infections has been increasing over the past decade, to the point where hospitals must now turn to what is called a "last resort" drug. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Everyone knows that it is important to take antibiotics according to ... continue reading

Editas Medicine to create the first genetically modified HUMANS in 2017 Watch

Image of Editing genes can cure disease, but it also raises new ethical questions.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The first genetically modified humans could exist within just two years, according to an American biotech firm that plans to begin trials on humans. The groundbreaking treatments could cure a number of major ailments, but could also be used for more sinister purposes ... continue reading

Groundbreaking blood test predicts kidney disease FIVE YEARS BEFORE symptoms appear Watch

Image of A simple blood test can predict kidney disease five years before kidney damage begins.


Kidney disease affects 3.9 million adults across America, resulting in the deaths of 47,112 people. While current blood tests are able to detect renal disease at the onset of symptoms, a new blood test can predict a patient's risk of developing chronic kidney disease ... continue reading

TERMINAL TAPEWORM: Colombian man found to have tapeworm that contributed cancer cells Watch

Image of Intestinal parasites that latch into human hosts, tapeworms are easily treated with medication and usually don't pose any overt health threats.


Intestinal parasites that latch into human hosts, tapeworms are easily treated with medication and usually don't pose any overt health threats. However, a HIV-positive Colombian man was found upon biopsy to have had a tapeworm that carried a host of cancerous ... continue reading

Drugs deadlier than guns, firearms: Where is the War on Drugs really fought? The answer will CREEP you out Watch

Image of Prescription drug overdose is a major killer in the United States.


Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, with 46,471 people dying in 2013, the latest year for which data is available.  But there is one thing that nobody realizes about the War on Drugs, ... continue reading

Toddler's aggressive cancer unbelievably cured with experimental treatment never-before-used on humans Watch

Image of Layla Richards survived an aggressive form of leukaemia after being treated with genetically engineered immune cells (GOSH/PA).


The first person in the world to be treated with a cure for cancer was a British baby named Layla Richards. Richards had an aggressive case of leukemia and no other treatments worked so the family turned to the experimental genetically engineered immune cells that had ... continue reading

'They can't scream': Terrifying new revelation from mother and daughter who PERFORM genital mutilations on little girls Watch

Image of Over one-million girls and women in the US and Europe alone have been affected by FGM.


Female genital mutilation has been outlawed in most countries, but in Nairobi, Kenya the practice remains ongoing. The gruesome "surgery" is done by "cutters," who work on African natives as well as young British girls who undergo the horrific procedure during their ... continue reading

101 shocking things that cause cancer - You won't believe #19! Watch

Image of The World Health Organization provided a list of 116 chemicals and activities that show signs they could cause cancer.


The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, has compiled a list of 101 things that can cause cancer -and the list may surprise you. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - WHO officials claim 50 grams of processed meat each day, which amounts to less than a single ... continue reading

The shocking story of how one woman became a zombie - and came back to tell the tale Watch

Image of


A rare illness dubbed "walking corpse syndrome" leaves people living as if they were zombies. Patients are unable to relate to the world around them, often believe they have died and often suffer depression. Esmé Weijun Wang wrote the essay "Perdition Days," in which ... continue reading

All Health News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Heartbreaking true story of American allies in Iraq denied ...
  • 'I HAVE GIVEN YOU FULL WARNING.' Dark Days - Did Pope Francis just ...
  • Who's really dying? Tragic reports surface revealing Russia kills ...
  • Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 01, 2015
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • St. Eligius: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 01, 2015
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Romans 10:9-18
9 that if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5
2 day discourses of it to day, night to night hands on the ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 4:18-22
18 As he was walking by the Lake of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 30th, 2015 Image

St. Andrew
November 30: Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a ... Read More