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Naomi Judd is singing the praises of the doctor she credits with curing her liver disease.

Judd shows no signs of the hepatitis C virus that forced her to break up her singing duo with daughter Wynonna, Dr. Bruce R. Bacon said Friday.

"This is my new duet partner," Judd, 52, said as she hugged Bacon at a news conference Friday in Saint Louis University Hospital.

In 1990, Judd was diagnosed with the disease that she believed she contracted years earlier while working as a nurse. She was told she probably would die within three years. Bacon gave Judd the drug interferon, and she took it for a year, ending last May.

The doctor cautioned that she won't be considered cured until years of tests show no signs of hepatitis.

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