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Hepatitis C
6:00 am
Fri May 27, 2011

New drugs promise higher cure rates for hepatitis C

High magnification micrograph of a liver with cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a condition caused by hepatitis C.
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In the past couple of weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs for the treatment of hepatitis C, a virus that can cause liver damage and cancer.

The new drugs should greatly improve cure rates for the more than three million Americans affected by this potentially fatal disease.

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Children's Health
8:54 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Confusing labeling on liquid medications could put kids at risk

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A new study has found that over-the-counter children's medications aren't labeled the way they should be.

The research led by the New York University School of Medicine examined two-hundred top-selling liquid medications for children, to see whether they included a dosing device, like a cup, spoon, or syringe.

If they did, the researchers compared the measurement markings on the device to the dosing instructions on the product's label.

Lead author Dr. Shonna Yin says about a quarter of the products had no dosing device at all.

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