Knocking Out Hepatitis C
Week of March 8
Hepatitis C kills more people in the world than HIV and is the leading cause of liver transplants in the US. But that’s about to change dramatically. A new drug may wipe out Hepatitis C infections with basically one pill a day for eight weeks and without severe side effects.
The current treatment is excruciating where side effects include terrible rashes, depression, and fever. It requires up to forty-eight weeks of ribaviron and interferon alpha. The interferon is what patients dread... More »
Week of March 1
Since the big scare of Mad Cow disease in the 90s, the number of cases of people infected with the human form of the disease has been steadily declining. But a new study in Britain, where the disease was first diagnosed, found one in two thousand Britons may still harbor the mutated proteins called prions.
Prions are misfolded proteins which convert healthy proteins into misfolded ones that build up over time. In humans, Mad Cow, known as Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease or vCJD. It’s passed onto people when they eat infected beef neurological material, such as spinal cord and brain, as well as the spleen and tonsil... More »