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Hepatitis outbreak strikes fearupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 14:29:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on an outbreak of the disease involving a suspected "serial infector."

Hepatitis outbreak in New Hampshire strikes fear in 7 other statesupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 14:29:00

Hospitals in at least eight states want to know how many hundreds or thousands of their patients have come in contact with a lab technician accused of spreading hepatitis C.

Former hospital worker accused of transmitting hepatitis Cupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 09:13:00

A former medical technician was arrested on Thursday in connection with a hepatitis C outbreak at a hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, a federal prosecutor announced.

Spate of hepatitis C cases linked to New Hampshire's Exeter Hospitalupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 22:07:00

Public health officials urged Wednesday that anyone who may have been treated at a hospital's heart lab in southeastern New Hampshire since October 1, 2010, be tested for a virus that can cause liver disease.

CDC considering recommending Hepatitis C test for boomersupdated: Fri May 18 2012 13:43:00

It's a "silent epidemic," an "unrecognized health crisis," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's affecting 2.1 million baby boomers in the United States.

Boxing champion Joe Frazier diesupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 19:47:00

Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier died Monday, shortly after announcing he had liver cancer.

Funeral held in Philadelphia for boxing great Joe Frazier updated: Mon Nov 14 2011 19:47:00

Boxing great Joe Frazier was laid to rest Monday in Philadelphia, one week after dying of liver cancer and four decades after capturing the world's attention in an epic showdown with Muhammad Ali.

2010: Liver cysts: Signs of cancer?updated: Fri Jun 17 2011 17:18:00

Dr. Otis Brawley looks at whether there's a link between liver cysts and cancer, plus more.

The growing culprit behind liver diseaseupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 17:18:00

The first time Wilson Alvarado got lost on the way to a neighborhood park, he told his wife, Patricia, not to worry about it -- he was 62, he told her, and just getting a little forgetful.

Abidal returns to Barcelona squad after liver tumorupdated: Mon May 02 2011 17:10:00

Eric Abidal is in the Barcelona squad for their Champions League semifinal second leg against Real Madrid Tuesday, just under seven weeks after having surgery to remove a liver tumor.

Barcelona star Abidal to undergo liver tumor surgeryupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 15:06:00

Barcelona's French international defender Eric Abidal will undergo emergency surgery Thursday for a liver tumor, the Spanish champions have announced.

9 Ohio veterans test positive for hepatitisupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 20:50:00

Nine Ohio veterans have tested positive for hepatitis after undergoing routine dental work at a Dayton clinic, according to Ohio Veterans Affairs Communications Officer Todd Sledge.

What could be causing my jaundice?updated: Mon Jan 24 2011 08:37:00

I have been sick for two weeks and my doctor said I have jaundice from mono. I got my belly button pierced on spring break in Mexico and I'm worried. Could my jaundice be from hepatitis C or HIV instead?

Hepatitis A warning issued after Christmas communion on Long Islandupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 20:03:00

Hundreds of people might have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving communion on Christmas Day, Long Island officials said Monday. Daniel Greene: Villanova's Yarou making presence felt with hepatitis scare in the pastupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 15:00:00

There is no getting around Mouphtaou Yarou's size. All conversations about the Villanova center begin there, with what is now a 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame that anchors the post for a Wildcats team known more for its traditionally stellar guards. That big body is the reason why he is here. Yarou's older brother suggested he switch from being the biggest striker on the soccer pitch to joining him on the basketball court back home in the small West African country of Benin. It's the first thing coaches say they noticed about Yarou, the way his physical presence controls the paint. "Just the power," said Stu Vetter, who coached him as a senior at Montrose Christian School in Maryland, "the sheer power of his inside play."

Toddler pricked by contaminated needlesupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 20:17:00

A girl taken to a clinic for a skin rash had to be treated with a drug cocktail to prevent HIV and hepatitis after she was accidentally pricked by contaminated needles on the floor, according to the attorney for the family.

Why am I so tired?updated: Mon Sep 27 2010 12:30:00

The bounce in your step has become a plod. Climbing stairs feels like summiting Mount Everest. Your brain's mired in fog. Whatever your personal energy crisis might be, it's time to act.

Lawmakers probe hospital that may have infected veterans with HIVupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 03:28:00

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon into the safety lapses at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in Missouri.

Vets exposed to HIV, hepatitis?updated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:13:00

One lawmaker calls for an investigation into a VA hospital that may have exposed vets to HIV and hepatitis.

VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIVupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:13:00

A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

Southern rocker Gregg Allman gets liver transplantupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 14:56:00

Rock and blues icon Gregg Allman has a new liver to replace the organ destroyed by hepatitis, a statement from his publicist said Wednesday.

Are liver cysts a sign of cancer?updated: Wed Apr 21 2010 08:48:00

Are cysts on the liver necessarily cancerous?

Help me understand my cholesterol drugsupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 12:38:00

Hi, I'm 55 and have high cholesterol. I've been on Lipitor, Zocor and Provacol. They have tested me several times in recent years, and the statin drugs are messing up my liver enzymes. My new doctor is planning on putting me on Zetia. Now I'm hearing there are concerns about Zetia. Do you know what they are concerned about?

'My story of C'updated: Mon Dec 28 2009 06:34:00

British teenager Jazzy De Lizzer is trying to raise awareness of hepatitis-C, a disease she suffers from.

Life with Hepatitis C for London's teenage 'It Girl'updated: Mon Dec 28 2009 06:34:00

Recently named London's "It Girl" by society magazine Vanity Fair, 18-year-old Jazzy de Lisser is said to have it all. She is beautiful and affluent, her best friends include Sting's daughter, Coco Sumner, and she is often compared to another famous British trend-setter, Kate Moss.

Herbs, vitamins that can hurt youupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 14:16:00

Carole Grant doesn't really trust medical doctors. She never has. Whenever she has had a health issue, she has headed straight for an herbalist, acupuncturist or other "natural" healer.

Charges added for hospital worker in hepatitis caseupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 00:33:00

Nineteen former patients at a Denver, Colorado, hospital have tested positive for hepatitis C, federal prosecutors said Thursday as they announced new charges against a former hospital employee accused of exposing the patients to the virus.

Are elevated liver enzymes always linked to alcohol overuse?updated: Wed Jul 08 2009 09:28:00

I'm a 29-year-old male who recently went to the doctor for a routine physical and was told my liver enzymes (AST specifically) were very high. My doctor immediately diagnosed it as a drinking problem and told me to cut back. The problem is, I don't really drink a whole lot. I do admit to the weekly happy hours at the end of the week where I sometimes drink more than I should, but it certainly is not a daily habit. (I don't even have any beer or liquor in my house.) I had happened to be out drinking a few nights before my blood test, and I read that strenuous exercise can also cause this. (I've run two marathons, and I am currently training for another.) Should I get another opinion or just simply cut back on the drinking?

Hospital worker may have exposed patients to hepatitisupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 18:18:00

A former hospital employee may have exposed hundreds, or even thousands, of surgical patients to hepatitis C after taking their fentanyl injections and replacing them with used syringes filled with saline solution, authorities say.

Police: Hospital employee swiped shots, spread hepatitis Cupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 17:55:00

A former hospital employee may have exposed hundreds, or even thousands, of surgical patients to hepatitis C after taking their fentanyl injections and replacing them with used syringes filled with saline solution, authorities say. Chris Mannix: It's not ideal, but Chagaev-Klitschko could be intriguingupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 09:56:00

What a muddled mess the heavyweight division has become. Four recognized titles. Five, if you count Ring Magazine. Champions. Champions in Recess. Champions Emeritus. Sanctioning bodies manipulating their rankings (have you seen WBA No. 1 contender John Ruiz recently?) just to squeeze out a few extra dollars. And the only cost is the integrity of the sport. Natalie Cole's Sister Dies During Singer's Kidney Transplantupdated: Fri May 22 2009 19:08:00

In what a relative calls a "devastating" week, Cole had to leave her dying sister to receive a donor kidney Natalie Cole Undergoes Kidney Transplantupdated: Thu May 21 2009 11:09:00

The singer is "resting comfortably" after receiving a donor organ on Tuesday, says her rep

Stop using Hydroxycut products, FDA saysupdated: Fri May 01 2009 18:06:00

Hydroxycut products, popular dietary supplements used for weight loss, have been linked to liver damage and are being recalled, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

FDA wants supplement pulledupdated: Fri May 01 2009 18:06:00

The FDA has recommended that dietary supplement Hydroxycut be recalled. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

FDA requires new labels for over-the-counter painkillersupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 10:30:00

Over-the-counter painkillers and fever reducers will now carry new labels warning consumers of the potential risks of liver damage and internal bleeding associated with the drugs, according to a final ruling Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

HIV case in VA probeupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 20:17:00

An investigation into dirty colonoscopy instruments turns up one HIV positive veteran. Judy Fortin reports.

VA looking into possible contamination at medical facilitiesupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 20:17:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an investigation into whether there is a connection between improperly sterilized endoscopy equipment and a veteran's positive HIV test.

India hepatitis death toll reaches 38updated: Sun Feb 22 2009 03:35:00

The death toll from an outbreak of hepatitis B in India's western Gujarat state reached 38 on Sunday as authorities prepared to begin a vaccination drive against the disease.

Arrests in India after hepatitis B kills 32updated: Sat Feb 21 2009 05:10:00

Authorities were carrying out raids at medical stores in India's western Gujarat state for bogus drugs and recycled syringes after a hepatitis B outbreak left 32 people dead, officials said Saturday.

Hepatitis B outbreak kills 29 in Indiaupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 05:24:00

Twenty-nine people have died in a hepatitis B outbreak in western India over the past two weeks, officials said Friday.

Indian hepatitis outbreak leaves 19 deadupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 07:01:00

Health officials in India's Gujarat state are investigating a hepatitis outbreak that has left 19 people dead in less than two weeks, authorities said Wednesday.

Have I drunk enough to cause liver cirrhosis?updated: Wed Dec 24 2008 11:13:00

I am a 28-year-old male, about 5 feet 9 and 235 pounds. Most of the extra weight is in the midsection. I do exercise three to four times weekly, but I love to eat. My question is, I have had elevated liver enzymes on and off (usually on) for about three years. During my four years of college, I drank A LOT of alcohol. I would say about 12 drinks a day, every day for four years. I still drink a day or two a month (and yes to the point of intoxication). I know this is not a good behavior and has its dangers. But I would like to know how likely it would be that I have already started liver cirrhosis from my drinking. Any advice on anything above would help. Thank you all very much.

HIV, Hep C found in four after organ transplantupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 13:04:00

Four patients who received organ transplants in 2007 were found to have HIV and hepatitis C. Both infections came from the organ donor, who had tested negative for both illnesses. This was the first time that donated organs had infected their recipients with both HIV and hepatitis C, and the first time in 21 years an HIV infection has been transmitted in this way, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Natalie Cole Released from Hospitalupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 12:39:00

The singer is back home in Los Angeles and "doing pretty well," says her rep Natalie Cole Hospitalizedupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 09:06:00

The Grammy-winner is recuperating in New York after suffering a setback in her hepatitis C treatment Liver Disease Plagues Obese Kidsupdated: Mon Sep 08 2008 09:00:00

In a new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teenagers have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants Helping the Hidden Community of HIVupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 13:00:00

To help stem the spread of the HIV epidemic, public health officials are making a renewed effort to reach out to closeted gay men in oppressive societies The Bonus: Wrestling and life-saving transplant bond father, son for lifeupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 12:45:00

They sit inside the Saint Mary High gym, a musty brick building in Rutherford, N.J. The previous Friday, it was a similar edifice in nearby Clifton; the Thursday before that, St. Joe's in Montvale. After nearly two years of waiting for these February mornings -- all three of them here, alive, together -- Jim Lombard, 45, can't help but look at his two sons and exhale. Natalie Cole Has Hepatitis Cupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 14:00:00

Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, her publicist said in a statement Wednesday Natalie Cole Diagnosed with Hepatitis Cupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 13:06:00

The Grammy-winning singer is responding well to treatment and is "virus negative," her doctor confirms

FSB: A tiny cure for cancer?updated: Tue Jul 15 2008 13:20:00

Both aggressive and hard to treat, liver cancer kills more than 650,000 a year worldwide. The American Cancer Society pegs the overall survival rate at less than 10%. Enter Aura Biosciences, a student startup that has developed an ingenious new means of delivering cancer-killing drugs to liver (and other) tumors.

Baby needs a shotupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 13:09:00

CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen answers questions about vaccines for babies.

Should I vaccinate my baby?updated: Thu Jun 19 2008 13:09:00

Five years ago, Kathye Petters-Armitage's first child received the exact vaccinations on the exact schedule recommended by her pediatrician. Report: Steven Tyler Checks into Rehabupdated: Thu May 22 2008 08:15:00

The Aerosmith frontman is said to be seeking treatment a California facility

Sarkozy: Mission to help FARC hostages beginsupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 16:47:00

A humanitarian mission to help hostages held by Colombian rebels began as a hostage's son said his mother needs a blood transfusion, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Wednesday. Justin Timberlake Inspires Art Gallery Exhibitupdated: Sat Mar 29 2008 14:13:00

Plus: Slash digs Kanye, Remy Ma convicted and Allman Brothers postpone shows 15 Hepatitis Infections Tied to Ex-Nurseupdated: Mon Mar 24 2008 12:30:00

At least 15 military service members or their relatives are believed to have been infected with hepatitis by a nurse suspected of stealing their painkillers during surgery Hepatitis Infections Linked to Nurseupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 12:00:00

At least 15 military service members or their relatives are believed to have been infected with hepatitis by a nurse suspected of stealing their painkillers

Hepatitis scareupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 13:31:00

Sloppy practices at a health clinic may have put thousands at risk for hepatitis and HIV. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports. Hepatitis C Scare in Nev. Hospitalupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 10:00:00

A clinic may have infected a handful of patients with hepatitis C -- but about 40,000 more should be tested for that virus, as well as for HIV, health officials said Wednesday Making the Case for Vaccinationupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 15:55:00

A new study shows that immunizations have prevented a record number of deaths in the U.S. So, what's the fuss over vaccines?

CNNMoney: Health Minute: Hepatitis Cupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 05:29:00

Health Minute: Hepatitis C

Business 2.0: A biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharmaupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 22:04:00

The power went out at Hammersmith Hospital just a few minutes after I started chatting with Sunil Shaunak, a professor who specializes in drug discovery for infectious diseases.

CNNMoney: Jamba Juice warns customers of hepatitis riskupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 07:05:00

About 4,000 customers could be at risk after a worker at a Jamba Juice store in San Jose, California, developed hepatitis A, the chief medical officer for Santa Clara County said Thursday.

CNNMoney: The Pulse: Health news for youupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 07:05:00

The Pulse: Health news for you

CNNMoney: Schering-Plough profits riseupdated: Sun Jul 22 2007 21:50:00

Schering-Plough Corp. said Monday that second-quarter earnings rose sharply, fueled by growing demand for its Zetia and Vytorin cholesterol drugs and treatments for arthritis and allergies.

Love your liver to live longerupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 07:10:00

The liver is a hardy organ but it's prone to abuse. Most people think their livers can cope with regular alcohol consumption, fatty food and a sedentary lifestyle, but liver disease is on the rise in the UK and its sufferers are getting younger.

Mummy is lost female pharoahupdated: Sat Jun 30 2007 04:31:00

Mummy is lost female pharoah

Doc suspected in hepatitis C cases; testing urged for 4,500updated: Fri Jun 15 2007 17:15:00

Letters are on the way to 4,500 patients of an anesthesiologist who is suspected of infecting three people with hepatitis C last August, the New York City Health Department says. Study: Liver Cancer Breakthroughupdated: Wed Jun 06 2007 15:20:00

For the first time, doctors said Monday they have found a pill that improves survival for people with liver cancer, a notoriously hard to treat disease diagnosed in more than half a million people globally each year

CNNMoney: Stocks knocked backupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 17:28:00

Stocks slipped Monday as falling oil prices and a rash of corporate deals failed to rally investors concerned about reports on housing and testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke due later this week.

CNNMoney: Stocks can't get their footingupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 14:47:00

Stocks slipped Monday afternoon as falling oil prices and a rash of corporate deals failed to inspire investors ahead of reports on housing and testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke due later this week.

CNNMoney: Oil slide no help for investorsupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 13:13:00

Stocks tumbled Monday afternoon, as a rash of corporate deals and a big selloff in oil prices failed to inspire investors ahead of key reports on housing and retail and testimony from Fed chief Ben Bernanke - all due later this week.

CNNMoney: Bristol-Myers earnings tumble 64 percentupdated: Thu Oct 26 2006 08:44:00

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. on Thursday said third-quarter earnings fell as sales of its anti-clotting drug Plavix and other drugs were hurt by competition from cheaper generics.

CNNMoney: Hepatitis drug from Vertex could reap billionsupdated: Tue Oct 17 2006 09:56:00

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a small biotech, and its marketing partner Johnson & Johnson stand to gain billions of dollars in annual sales if their experimental hepatitis drug is successful, analysts say.

Doubt, humor, hope, motherhoodupdated: Wed May 10 2006 12:37:00

The late Marjorie Williams was honest about others, and with herself.

CNNMoney: Vertex stock soars on upgradeupdated: Fri Aug 19 2005 13:38:00

The stock price for Vertex Pharmaceuticals surged following an upgrade from J.P. Morgan on Friday, as the small drug maker moves ahead with testing on an experimental treatment for hepatitis C.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2005 15:08:00

Spectacular birth

Fortune: How disease evolvesupdated: Mon May 16 2005 00:01:00

BACK WHEN HE WAS A GRAD STUDENT IN 1977, Paul Ewald came down with an intestinal bug. He'd been doing research at the University of Washington at Seattle on the social behavior of sparrows. But the...

CNNMoney: Bristol-Myers feels bite of patent lossupdated: Wed Apr 27 2005 13:58:00

Bristol-Myers Squibb, which reports earnings on Thursday, is feeling the familiar sting of patent loss, though analysts said the company's robust pipeline could make it a promising long-term investment.

Study: Cancer no longer rare in poorer countriesupdated: Wed Mar 09 2005 13:43:00

Poor countries have cancer rates much closer to those of rich nations, reversing a long-held belief among medical researchers, a study released Thursday reports.

How to travel healthyupdated: Thu Jul 01 2004 12:55:00

Getting organized for a trip overseas can be a stressful experience. There are passports, visas and tickets to arrange, accommodations to book, prescriptions to fill and pet sitters to hire -- and, if you're headed to a developing country, doctors to see.

FSB: Drug Moneyupdated: Sat May 01 2004 00:01:00

Blue-Chip Investors are rallying behind tiny Eximias Pharmaceutical Corp., which has spent four years developing a new chemotherapy drug for liver cancer (see "The Miracle Hunter," in February's FS...

Survey: Adults still skip condom useupdated: Tue Apr 06 2004 15:03:00

Americans claim to be savvy about sexually transmitted diseases, but knowing a few facts is not keeping them from taking many risks, according to a national survey.

FSB: The Miracle Hunter How Elizabeth Corsi turned a drug nobody wanted into a company that could soon gross $500 million--and prolonupdated: Sun Feb 01 2004 00:01:00

For Ernest Lynton, the diagnosis was a death sentence. He had cancer of the pancreas, a disease so lethal that he would be lucky to live six months. Surgery had failed--the tumor was too large--and...

Fortune: Brother, Can You Spare A...updated: Mon May 26 2003 00:01:00

If a patient is suffering from progressive primary biliary cirrhosis, a fatal liver disease, there are two possible scenarios: (1) He dies, which until not long ago was the only outcome; (2) He re...

Fortune: This Won't Hurt A Bitupdated: Mon Nov 26 2001 00:01:00

Anthrax is today's big story. Tomorrow's could be smallpox--a highly contagious disease that's fatal 30% of the time. There's no treatment for smallpox. The good news, such as it is, is this: If a ...

Fortune: A Banana a Day...updated: Mon May 14 2001 00:01:00

Charles Arntzen, white-haired and engaging, has dropped in on the vaccine research project he brought to Cornell's Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research back in the mid-'90s. He runs from mee...

Fortune: To Your Health?updated: Mon Jan 08 2001 00:01:00

By now, most people know that the French have a low risk of heart disease despite their high-fat diet. It's called the French paradox, and it's widely believed to result from their generous consump...

Fortune: Looking for Troubleupdated: Mon Nov 27 2000 00:01:00

Once or twice a week I get a call from a patient who's just heard about a new early-warning test for cancer, heart disease, or some other serious condition and wants to know why my office hasn't ca...

Fortune: MEDICINE/ HEPATITIS C, THE QUIET EPIDEMICupdated: Mon Aug 07 1995 00:01:00

It's a blood-borne disease, transmitted through transfusions, sex, and shared needles. And it's a silent disease; people can go years before developing any symptoms.


Five years ago, Pierre and Laura Somerhausen enjoyed a lifestyle that Robin Leach might have fawned over on his Rich and Famous TV show. Pierre was making $80,000 a year for just seven months of se...

Fortune: BIOTECH STOCKS ARE POISED TO PAY OFF IN THE 1990supdated: Mon Mar 12 1990 00:01:00

Forget about price/earnings ratios. Forget about book value, hidden assets, or other traditional measures of value. Instead, think about potential, about sky's-the-limit growth. If that kind of inv...

Fortune: CHEMICAL AT BAY The EPA says methylene chloride may cause cancer. Makers of the chemical defend it.updated: Mon Jun 10 1985 00:01:00

METHYLENE CHLORIDE IS used in a slew of industrial processes, from making handlebar grips and hair spray to coating pills and taking the caffeine out of coffee beans. It strips paint without damagi...

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