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U.S. Agencies Recommend Blunt Suture Needles to Reduce Risk of Viral Hepatitis and HIV

In late May, U.S. agencies concerned with worker health and safety issued a joint advisory recommending that healthcare personnel should use blunt-tip suture needles as an alternative to standard suture needles for stitching muscle and connective tissue, in order to decrease the risk of needle-stick injuries that could transmit blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.alt

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Professional Tattooing and Piercing Not Linked to Hepatitis C Risk

While amateur tattoos and other body modifications done in prison or other non-professional settings can carry an increased risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV), there is no evidence of increased transmission risk for tattoos or piercings done in professional studios, according to a meta-analysis described in the April 15, 2012 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.alt

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Canadian Researchers Make Progress in Quest for Hepatitis C Vaccine

Researchers at the University of Albert say they have discovered a new vaccine candidate that stimulates immune response against all genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV). The variability of the virus enables it to elude the immune system and has so far hampered efforts to develop an effective vaccine.alt

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Scientists Find Antibodies that Neutralize Multiple Strains of Hepatitis C Virus

As described in a report published in the April 4, 2012, online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Erick Giang and Mansun Law from the Scripps Research Institute and colleagues have identified a set of antibodies with activity against 5 different antigenic regions on the E1E2 complex of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) outer envelope.alt

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Experimental Hepatitis C Vaccine Triggers T-Cell Responses in Early Clinical Trial

An investigational adenovirus-based hepatitis C virus (HCV) vaccine induced sustained T-cell responses and cytokine production in a small Phase 1 study of healthy volunteers, according to findings reported in the January 4, 2012, issue of Science Translational Medicine.alt

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