Tampa doctor discusses Hepatitis C
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05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Researchers at Duke University report that a new drug appears to cure far more people of Hepatitis C and does it in half the time of current therapies. They say the drug is in the final testing stages. If all goes well, it could be on the market in 2011.

The disease, spread by a virus in blood, is the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States.

Many people who have Hepatitis C have no symptoms for years or even decades. They are diagnosed only when they begin suffering liver disease or the virus is detected in a blood test.

Dr. Dennis Laffer is a gastroenterologist in Tampa spoke with WMNF about Hepatitis C, as this is National Awareness Month.

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