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Researchers Find Cheap, Effective Hepatitis Treatment

Researchers have discovered that an inexpensive allergy medicine can treat hepatitis C, a serious liver disease. The medicine is chlorcyclizine HCL, an antihistamine that has been around for a half-century. Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health have found that chlorcyclizine and similar “repurposed” drugs can treat hepatitis C by blocking the virus so it cannot infect liver cells. The discovery was made using a cell-based, high-throughput screening method. The technique...

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