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  • Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

    06/04/2015 4:05:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 6/4/15 | CLAIRE GALOFARO
    Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pile at a flophouse and jabbed it into his scarred arm. He knew the odds; most of the addicts in the room probably had hepatitis C. "All I cared about was how soon and how fast I could get it in," he says. "I hated myself, it was misery. But when you're in the grips of it, the only way I thought I could escape it was one more time." Couch, 25 years old and one month...
  • New hepatitis C drugs cost government $4.5B

    03/30/2015 6:19:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    he federal government spent a whopping $4.5 billion on costly new drugs to cure hepatitis C among Medicare patients last year, a steep price that is likely to keep growing, federal records show. Spending on the super-selling drugs – which can cost $1,000 a day – increased more than 15 times compared to the previous year, according to a report Monday by ProPublica.
  • Suspected Plotter of U.S. Embassy Attacks Abu Anas Al-Libi Dies in New York

    01/03/2015 5:40:45 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/3/15 | Jonathan Dienst and Robert Windrem
    A one-time associate of Osama Bin Laden died in New York on Friday while awaiting trial for allegedly plotting the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, was captured in Libya by U.S. commandos in Oct. 2013 and brought to New York where he was due to stand trial. He had been wanted for more than a decade and there was a $5 million reward for his arrest. Al-Libi had pleaded not guilty. The al Qaeda terror suspect has been in poor health and suffered liver disease as a result of hepatitis C, according...
  • Costly hepatitis C drugs could add $300 to every American’s yearly premium, CVS says

    07/21/2014 3:27:15 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | Stephanie M. Lee
    Gilead Sciences’ new hepatitis C drug receives as much praise for its healing powers as it receives criticism of its price, $84,000 for 12 weeks. Those parallel storylines played out even further in a prominent scientific journal’s latest edition, published online over the weekend.
  • Pamela Anderson recalls gang-rape during high school: ‘I just wanted off this earth’

    05/20/2014 8:22:05 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 115 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former “Baywatch” beauty Pamela Anderson said she was gang-raped by seven boys in high school — including her then-boyfriend — and was also subjected to sexual molestation by a babysitter between the ages of 6 and 10. Ms. Anderson, speaking during the launch of her Pamela Anderson Foundation, said she was raped, too, at the age of 12 by a 25-year-old, NBC News reported. “My first boyfriend in grade nine decided it would be funny to gang-rape me, with six of his friends,” she said, NBC reported, citing a transcript of her speech that was posted on her foundation’s website....
  • Costly new hepatitis C drugs from Gilead, Merck show near total cure rates (link only)

    Link only, Bloomberg...Costly new hepatitis C drugs from Gilead, Merck show near total cure rates
  • Veterans' hospital exposes hundreds to HIV and hepatitis [But Media focuses on Oklahoma dentist?]

    03/29/2013 4:44:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1/15/13 | Jose Gonzalez
    A New York veteran’s hospital may have exposed more than 700 of its patients with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C by mistakenly reusing its insulin pens, which are used to inject diabetes patients with a hormone produced by the pancreas.
  • Hepatitis C 'Serial Infector' Could Have Spread Disease to Thousands

    07/28/2012 4:41:49 PM PDT · by verum ago · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 28 July 2012 | Sydney Lupkin
    The New Hampshire hospital lab technician indicted last week for infecting 31 people with Hepatitis C might have infected "tens of thousands" of patients in at least 13 hospitals, ABC News has learned. David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire, had allegedly been stealing the Fentanyl syringes intended for patients, injecting his own arm and then refilling those empty syringes with another liquid-like saline, according to a statement from the United States Attorney's Office in New Hampshire. Since Kwiatkowski tested positive for Hepatitis C in June 2010, he passed it on to the hospital patients...
  • Discovery of canine hepatitis C virus opens up new doors for research on deadly human pathogen

    06/07/2011 4:32:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 23-May-2011 | NA
    Contact: Daniela Hernandez 310-991-2391 Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health In a study to be published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report the discovery of a novel hepatitis C-like virus in dogs. The identification and characterization of this virus gives scientists new insights into how hepatitis C in humans may have evolved and provides scientists renewed hope to develop a model system to study how it causes disease. The research was conducted at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the University...
  • Gregg Allman Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery

    06/24/2010 11:01:31 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 65 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 6-24-10
    Allman Brothers Band cofounder Gregg Allman underwent successful liver transplant surgery this morning, forcing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band to cancel its performance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at Chicago's Toyota Park on Saturday. The Derek Trucks Band will replace the Allmans on the lineup, which also includes Jeff Beck, John Mayer, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. Check out Rolling Stone's rundown of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Allman is being treated at Jacksonville, Florida's Mayo Clinic after battling Hepatitis C for several years. In 2007, the singer was advised that the damage to his...
  • Medical marijuana patients face transplant hurdles

    04/26/2008 8:16:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies · 130+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sat Apr 26, 4:12 PM ET | GENE JOHNSON,
    SEATTLE - Timothy Garon's face and arms are hauntingly skeletal, but the fluid building up in his abdomen makes the 56-year-old musician look eight months pregnant. His liver, ravaged by hepatitis C, is failing. Without a new one, his doctors tell him, he will be dead in days. But Garon's been refused a spot on the transplant list, largely because he has used marijuana, even though it was legally approved for medical reasons. "I'm not angry, I'm not mad, I'm just confused," said Garon, lying in his hospital bed a few minutes after a doctor told him the hospital transplant...
  • How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives

    03/09/2008 5:52:04 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 19 replies · 1,490+ views
    tribune-review ^ | Tribune-Review
    How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives By The Tribune-Review Sunday, March 9, 2008 Hundreds of patients each year undergo liver transplants when they don't need them, and possibly never will, a four-month Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigation found. One in 10 of those patients dies when they could have lived longer without the transplant. The rest - all at the rock-bottom of waiting lists - must resign themselves to an early battle with the burdensome risks of anti-rejection drugs and complications that can follow: infections, cancers, kidney damage, and high blood sugar. What's worse, a third of those patients get the...
  • Absolute vanity about tattoos.

    08/28/2007 9:06:17 PM PDT · by ozaukeemom · 373 replies · 6,483+ views
    Over the years, I have thought about getting a tattoo. Surprising considering my fear of needles! lol I see them everywhere on every classs of person, I see the artwork vary from onr body to another.What causes someone to decide to have a tattoo. Is it cultural? Is it a fad? I am seriously thinking about it now. Any stories, suggestions? Thank you!
  • Aerosmith's Tyler: I Have Hep C

    09/25/2006 3:46:03 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 19 replies · 776+ views
    yahoo! ^ | 25-Sep-2006 | Josh Grossberg
    Steven Tyler has apparently been living on the edge more than he previously let on. In an interview with Access Hollywood set to air Tuesday night, Aerosmith's sinewy singer reveals that he has quietly been battling hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection that can potentially lead to fatal liver damage, including cirrhosis or liver cancer. Per the New York Daily News, the 58-year-old Tyler tells host Nancy O'Dell that he was diagnosed three years ago but had contracted hepatitis C several years earlier without manifesting any symptoms. He subsequently endured a year's worth of pills and injections containing the antiviral drug...
  • Trial for tainted blood scandal set to begin

    02/06/2006 2:54:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,372+ views ^ | Feb. 6 2006 | News Staff
    Dr. Roger Perrault The trial of the doctor at the centre of the tainted blood scandal is set to begin Monday after months of legal wrangling and delays. Dr. Roger Perrault, former national medical director of the Canadian Red Cross, faces criminal charges for his alleged role in allowing hemophilia patients to receive tainted blood products in the 1980s and early 1990s. The incident is widely considered to be Canada's worst medical disaster of the last century. More than 1,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and as many as 20,000 contracted hepatitis C after receiving the blood. It's not...
  • Red Cross apologizes for scandal

    05/30/2005 6:32:11 PM PDT · by Clive · 58 replies · 2,102+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2005-05-30 | Colin Perkel
    HAMILTON (CP) - Tens of thousands of Canadians infected with AIDS or hepatitis C got an apology from the Canadian Red Cross on Monday after the charity pleaded guilty to distributing tainted blood in exchange for dropped criminal charges. "The Canadian Red Cross Society is deeply sorry for the injury and death caused to those who were infected . . . and for the suffering caused to families and loved ones of those who were harmed," Dr. Pierre Duplessis, the organization's secretary general, told the Ontario Superior Court in a video-taped apology as tearful victims looked on. "We accept responsibility...

    05/31/2005 4:21:31 AM PDT · by T'wit · 48 replies · 983+ views
    My Way News ^ | May 30, 2005 | AP
    Canada Red Cross Guilty in Blood Scandal May 30, 9:23 PM (ET)HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty Monday to distributing blood tainted with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1980s, and was fined $4,000 in the public health disaster that infected thousands. More than 1,000 Canadians contracted blood-borne HIV and up to 20,000 others were infected with hepatitis C after receiving the tainted blood products. About 3,000 people had died by 1997 and the death toll has grown, but recent estimates were not available. "(The) Canadian Red Cross Society is deeply sorry for the injury and death...
  • DYING TO LIVE Surviving the longest list

    12/22/2004 5:10:13 PM PST · by paltz · 7 replies · 577+ views ^ | November 14, 2004 | DAVE PARKS
    Barry Tingle's life took a gut-wrenching turn six years ago with a routine visit to the doctor. Lab tests showed he was infected with hepatitis C. Over decades, the virus had silently wreaked havoc on Tingle's largest and, in many ways, most complex internal organ, his liver. Tingle, now 46 years old, needs a liver transplant to live. But he faces life-and-death conflicts. His disease is emotionally devastating for his family, but without family support, he wouldn't even be considered for a liver transplant. He's been financially crippled, but he must keep paying for insurance to cover the cost of...
  • BLOOD TRAIL: Genetic "smart bomb" knocks out hepatitis

    04/21/2003 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 8 replies · 339+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-20-03
    Genetic "smart bomb" knocks out hepatitis   19:00 20 April 03 news service   Human liver cells harbouring the hepatitis C virus can be selectively targeted and destroyed by a new gene therapy approach, according to new research. The key is a genetically-engineered "suicide" gene, delivered aboard a harmless virus, which is triggered only when it enters a hepatitis-infected cell. The two current treatments for the debilitating liver disease - alpha interferon and ribavarin - can reduce the level of infection, say researchers, but the virus usually comes back. The new gene therapy approach could one day "offer the potential of...
  • Update and Praise, Worship report on MsLady

    10/08/2002 9:10:04 AM PDT · by MsLady · 24 replies · 308+ views
    10/8/2002 | MsLady
    For those of you who don't know what's going on, please refer to this: This morning I got the results of the MRI that I had sept. 27th. If you refer back to the post above it will give all the details of this. But, just to summarize, I had 5 nodules on my liver. What was thought as possible cancer. The larger of the 5 was shown to be a hemangioma(sp?) which is a benign blood vessel tumor. Very common, I probably had it from birth. The other 4 smaller nodules they did not know what they were...
  • MsLady's Update

    09/05/2002 4:09:16 PM PDT · by MsLady · 44 replies · 367+ views
    9/5/02 | MsLady
    For those of you who don't know what's going on, please refer to this: This is to update everyone who's been praying for me. First thank you so much for your prayers, they have been greatly appreciated. We went to Marquette tuesday for my liver biopsy. I talked to the radiologist. He said, you had a CT scan 5.5 months ago and nothing showed up then, it wasn't a great CT scan but, a large nodule probably would have shown up. Live cancer grows very rapidly, strike one. You were just treated for breast cancer, breast cancer can mastisize(sp?)...
  • Blood Trail (UK): Plan For Using US Blood Sparks New Fear (BSE, vCJD)

    08/19/2002 9:27:00 AM PDT · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 3 replies · 302+ views
    The Journal (UK) ^ | 02-08-17 | Amanda Crook
    News Plan for using US blood sparks new fear     Aug 17 2002   By Amanda Crook, The Journal   The Government was last night forced to defend its plans to use plasma from America for young children as a precaution against the human form of mad cow disease.Blood safety campaigners - whose relatives were infected with HIV and hepatitis from US blood products - say they are worried by the announcement and have little confidence in Department of Health assurances.The product is intended for children born after 1995 as they would not have been exposed to BSE...
  • Blood Trail (UK): Politicians may face criminal charges over infected blood

    08/19/2002 9:02:15 AM PDT · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 4 replies · 339+ views
    Sunday Express (no link) | 02-08-18 | Lucy Johnston, Health Editor
    SUNDAY EXPRESSPoliticians may face criminal charges over infected blood. EXCLUSIVE BY LUCY JOHNSTON Health Editor FORMER Tory and Labour ministers could face criminal charges over the use of contaminated blood in the NHS which infected thousands with HIV and hepatitis C. The Association of Chief Police Officers is to examine evidence which reveals key health and Treasury officials across two decades ignored repeated warnings that blood products used in the UK were putting lives at risk. Terence Grange, chairman of ACPO’s personal crime division, has written to the Crown Prosecution Service to see if there is enough evidence for...
  • Blood Trail (UK Ireland): Medical Council Launches Blood Probe

    08/19/2002 8:50:56 AM PDT · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 1 replies · 382+ views ^ | 02-08-12 | Fergal Bowers
    Medical Council launches blood probe[Posted: Mon 12/08/2002]exclusive by Fergal BowersIn a dramatic development, the Irish Medical Council has served an order on the Blood Bank to hand over documents relating to the hepatitis C infection scandal so that it can conduct a formal inquiry into its former Medical Director, Dr Terry has learned that the Medical Council, which polices doctors' behaviour, has issued an order on the Irish Blood Transfusion Service under legislation, for documentation produced for the Finlay Blood Tribunal.It is the first time that any person in the blood infection controversy has been ordered to an...
  • Blood Trail (UK): Lord Owen Demands Inquiry into Infected Blood Scandal

    08/19/2002 8:45:16 AM PDT · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 19 replies · 348+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 02/08/19 | James Meikle
    Owen demands inquiry into infected blood scandal James Meikle, health correspondentMonday August 19, 2002The Guardian Lord Owen, who was a Labour health minister from 1974 to 1976, has alleged that maladministration by his former department contributed to the scandal in which thousands of patients became infected by contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 80s. He wants an inquiry into how a promise he made that Britain would be self-sufficient in supplies of clotting factors was not fulfilled and says the government must compensate thousands of people suffering from haemophilia believed to be infected with hepatitis C. The former...
  • Blood Trail (UK): CRIMINAL PROBE into Bad Blood Considered

    08/19/2002 8:37:34 AM PDT · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 2 replies · 280+ views
    The Journal (IC ^ | 02-08-14 | The Journal
    NewsCriminal probe into bad blood considered Aug 14 2002 By The Journal One of the country's top police officers has taken up the case of haemophiliacs who became infected with hepatitis C and HIV through contaminated blood products. Terence Grange, in charge of investigations affecting forces across the country, is now looking at the legal issues involved in a prosecution over the way contaminated blood was used in the NHS. Mr Grange, chief constable of Dyfed-Powys Police and chairman of the ACPO Personal Crime Business Area, is "in charge of any investigations of national importance which affect all forces...
  • Blood Trail (UK Ireland): Blood Bank Board Meets Over Diagnosis Delays; Man Appeals Hep-C Award

    08/08/2002 9:21:59 AM PDT · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 9 replies · 530+ views
    RTE Interactive News ^ | 2002-07-31 | RTE Interactive
    Blood bank board meets over Hep C diagnosis delays July 31, 2002 (22:07) The Board of the blood bank met in Dublin tonight to discuss the delay in contacting 28 people to inform them that they could have been told about their Hepatitis C diagnosis more than a year before they actually were. The Blood Transfusion Service publicly committed itself to telling the group of 28 as quickly as possible, but seven weeks later they still have not been informed. A spokeswoman for the blood bank declined to comment on tonight's meeting only to say that a meeting with...
  • Blood Trail (UK): Inquiry Plea to Minister (re Tainted Blood Scandal)

    06/11/2002 1:31:45 PM PDT · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 8 replies · 338+ views
    Haemophiliac Action UK ^ | May 15, 2002 | Louella Houldcroft
    Inquiry plea to minister May 15 2002By Louella Houldcroft, The Journal Haemophiliacs from the North-East are today due to lobby the Government for a public inquiry into how infected blood products were allowed to be used in the NHS. Haemophilia Action UK, based in Jesmond, together with the Manor House Group from Birmingham, will today meet with Public Health Minister Yvette Cooper. They hope to persuade her to reopen investigations into how 4,500 haemo-philiacs became infected with HIV and hepatitis C. Led by Newcastle's Carol Grayson, whose partner Peter Longstaff is infect- ed with both viruses, the group wants all...
  • Disease rages behind bars

    05/24/2002 1:33:59 PM PDT · by Glutton · 50 replies · 581+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 24 May 02 | By TIM CHRISTIE
    SALEM - On Dec. 1, 1998, health officials at the Oregon State Penitentiary learned that inmate Rodger Anstett had elevated liver enzymes, an indication that he might be infected with hepatitis C, according to a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections. It took two more years until prison doctors ordered a blood test that confirmed Anstett had the viral disease. To date, Anstett has received no treatment for the disease, and his health is failing. "They won't treat the hepatitis C. They're dragging their feet," said Anstett, who is serving a 20-year sentence for multiple counts of arson and attempted...
  • BLOOD TRAIL: Closed Door Mars China Aids Meeting (11/2001)

    04/02/2002 4:50:47 PM PST · by BLOODHOUND (askel5) · 6 replies · 205+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2001 | Wire
    BBC uesday, 13 November, 2001, 21:37 GMT Closed door mars China Aids meeting First Aids conference: "Point of no return" China has opened its first national conference on Aids and HIV amid accusations of official discrimination against people with Aids. We wanted to attend but could not get an invitation Zhao Yong A group of seven people with Aids who travelled from Dongguan village in the central province of Henan to the capital, Beijing, told the BBC they had been excluded from the conference. A member of the group, Zhao Yong, said it was a great pity they had not...