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WHO Prequalifies Its First Hepatitis C Rapid Diagnostic Test
The few hepatitis C rapid tests available now are either too expensive or lack quality – posing problems for extensive distribution.
Researchers have been exploring the “shock and kill” method to get rid of the virus for good, but a new study warns that the strategy could make things even worse.
As December 1 marks World AIDS Day, researchers report on the latest prevention and diagnosis strategies as well as a threat in the quest to eradicate the disease.
A Polish research team concluded that there are two mortality models for patients with pneumonia being treated for Clostridium difficile infection. and recommended the exclusion of one antibiotic from pneumonia treatment in hospitals.
Although antiretroviral therapy is effective in suppressing HIV-1 replication, it does not eradicate the virus and it requires lifelong adherence to the therapy. Authors of a new study say that bNAbs may be the key.
Prisoners who are able to get hepatitis C antivirals while they are still incarcerated can be lost to treatment when they are freed. A community linkage program in the Bronx, NY is having success keeping the patients on their drug regimens.
The MD Magazine editors rounded up the 10 best stories from November – did you read them all?
When patients with chronic kidney disease also have untreated hepatitis C, the prognosis is grim. The combination can lead to end-stage renal disease, a study found.
Some of the different hepatitis C genotypes are more prominent in certain areas than others, and researchers specified where they're found around the world in people who inject drugs.

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