Thursday, July 25, 2013

Local Researchers Testing Hepatitis B Treatment for Children

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Saint Louis University researchers are testing a new treatment for children with Hepatitis B.

Lead researcher Dr. Jeff Teckman, a gastroenterologist at St. Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, says they are studying a combination of two medications to treat children who have early stages of Hepatitis B.

“The treatment involves a shot once a week of a drug which helps the immune system target the infection, so it helps the body’s own defenses attack the infection,” Teckman says. “Then the other medicine is taken orally and is an antibiotic against the virus.”

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