THE SPECIALIST - A professor of medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Douglas Dieterich specializes in treating liver diseases and sees about 2,500 patients with hepatitis each year. July 28 is World Hepatitis Day.
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Globally, hepatitis ranks as the eighth most common cause of death — but the newest medications offer more and more patients the possibility of not just treatment, but a cure. “Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by a variety of things: alcohol, drugs, and viruses,” says Dieterich. “The exciting new development is that just about every patient with hepatitis C is a candidate for the latest generation of drugs, which offer treatment and cure with almost no side effects.”