Navigation Links
Early treatment is key to combating hepatitis C virus
Date:8/8/2008

This release is available in French.

Montreal, August 8, 2008 - Canadian researchers have shown that patients who receive early treatment for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) within the first months following an infection, develop a rapid poly-functional immune response against HCV similar to when infection is erradicted spontaneously, according to a new study published in the Journal of Virology. Therefore, early treatment can restore immune response against HCV and help eliminate the virus rapidly. This new discovery of the mechanisms of viral eradication could contribute to the development of new treatments.

About a quarter of infected individuals eradicate the infection spontaneously, without treatment. Led by Dr. Naglaa Shoukry and Dr. Julie Bruneau, affiliated to both the Research Centre of the Universit de Montral Hospital Centre and the Universit de Montral, as well as with researchers from the Institut national de la sant et de la recherch scientifique (Montral branch), the study found that early treatment restores a rapid poly-functional immune response, characterized by the simultaneous production of multiple antiviral mediators.

HCV is transmitted through infected blood. Although a quarter of infected patients can eradicate the infection spontaneously, the majority develop persistent infection, a major cause of cirrhosis and cancer of the liver. The only approved treatment for HCV is an anti-viral drug known as pegylated interferon alpha. This drug is successful in only half of cases when administered during chronic infection. Success rates among those treated early after infection are significantly higher or around 90%.

In North America alone, most new HCV infections occur among intravenous drug users (IDUs), a vulnerable population that is often undiagnosed and untreated. In the study, researchers followed a group of IDUs at high risk of HCV infection before and immediately after exposure to HCV. Their findings clearly show the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of HCV particularly in marginalized populations such as IDUs and aboriginal populations.


'/>"/>

Contact: Nathalie Forgue
514-890-8000 x14342
University of Montreal Hospital Centre
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Wheezing after early-life antibiotics
2. iGuard.org Reaches 500,000-Member Milestone 12 Months Early
3. JCI online early table of contents: Aug. 1, 2008
4. LegalView Unveils Details of a Breakthrough Mesothelioma Cancer Early Detection Test for Mesothelioma Patients
5. New study finds healthy children of Alzheimer patients show early brain changes
6. New AHRQ Study Finds Surgical Errors Cost Nearly $1.5 Billion Annually
7. Hospital Expenditures for Physician On-Call Pay Rates Nearly Double
8. Family resources, parenting quality influence childrens early cognitive development
9. Snapshots of eyes could serve as early warning of diabetes
10. U.S. Preventive Medicine: Knowing Risk Factors & Early Detection are Best Strategies for Colon Cancer Prevention
11. JCI online early table of contents: July 10, 2008
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... TLC Laser Eye Centers ... California. The laser eye center will now be called “Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, ... will remain at the full-service facility to ensure that patients continue to receive the ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Stockholm/San Jose (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... the art of self-love. Every day, LELO fans reach out via email, social media ... recurring question keeps upcoming up: “Is the way I masturbate ‘normal’ or ‘correct’?” , ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Collins, CO (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 ... ... announced the commencement of a master charity program created to assist the people ... 60 days, working closely with nonprofit organizations and community leaders. Their hope is ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery has been named as ... the American Institute of Architects and the Academy of Architecture for Health. The building, ... Harrell Architects, opened to patients in October of 2014. , The ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... Jennifer Drago presented a talk highlighting the organization’s successful Care Transitions ... Chicago. , The talk was titled “Minimizing Costs in the Post-Acute Environment Through ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/5/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... USA"  report to their offering.  ,     (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner and cyclotron install base ... with the current known number of PET scanners and ... report also contains a detailed breakdown of this equipment ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... 5, 2016 ... of the  "Europe Thrombocytopenia Market and ... to their offering.       ... ,The latest research Europe Thrombocytopenia Market ... provides comprehensive insights into Thrombocytopenia pipeline ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI ) ("CODI," "we," ... market businesses, announced today its consolidated operating results for ... First Quarter 2016 Highlights , Generated Cash Flow ... of $13.6 million for the first quarter of 2016; ... the first quarter of 2016; , Paid a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: