Navigation Links
Researchers propose treating prison population to fight US hepatitis C epidemic
Date:5/14/2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Nearly 4 million Americans may be infected with the hepatitis C virus, with many people unaware of their status. The virus can take decades to make those infected ill with cirrhosis, cancer or liver failure.

Three researchers now argue in the May 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that America's oversized prison population provides a critical opportunity to tackle the U.S. hepatitis C epidemic. Inmates, they say, have a high prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection (one in six prisoners is infected) and are readily reachable for testing and treatment.

Why focus on inmates? Most hepatitis C virus infection in the U.S. is due to past use of injection drugs. More than 10 million Americans cycle in and out of prisons and jails each year, including nearly one of every three Americans infected with the hepatitis C virus. Because more than 95 percent of prisoners are eventually released, most hepatitis C virus-related illness will occur in the community, the researchers write in their article.

Scott A. Allen, MD, at the University of California, Riverside's School of Medicine is one of the authors of the NEJM article.

Watch him summarize the key points of the article in this short video:

http://youtu.be/7gzRmJEpnX0

In the video Dr. Allen explains why we all ought to pay attention to the hepatitis C virus; what we can expect if nothing is done to address the epidemic; why the criminal justice system is the best place to cure the greatest number of people infected with the virus; how the treatment of prisoners would benefit society in the long run; and why the high cost of treating prisoners (currently, a single treatment course costs approximately $84,000 per person) is justified.

Says Dr. Allen: "It is estimated that more than a million Americans could die because of the hepatitis C virus by 2060; those who are spared will require critical and costly treatments, including liver transplants."


'/>"/>

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers ID changes that may occur in neural circuits due to cocaine addiction
2. Researchers identify genetic marker linked to OCD
3. Mount Sinai researchers identify changes that may occur in neural circuits due to addiction
4. UTHealth CCTS Biobank continues to innovate allocation of resources for researchers
5. Three Nova Southeastern University researchers receive patents
6. Researchers use DNA to build tool that may literally shine light on cancer
7. Sleep researchers at SRI International identify promising new treatment for narcolepsy
8. Chimpanzees show similar personality traits to humans, Georgia State researchers say
9. Researchers present findings on promising biomarker for esophageal cancer
10. Bioinformatics approach helps researchers find new uses for old drug
11. BrightFocus honors 5 vision researchers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Researchers propose treating prison population to fight US hepatitis C epidemic
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... After months of negotiations, FaceCradle USA is proud to announce the debut of ... , “Introducing our product on QVC is something we all worked hard to achieve for ... more than 90 million homes in the United States,” said FaceCradle USA President Dylan Doherty. ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... Hayes, Inc., a leading provider of ... “ 5 Questions to Ask Before Entering the Maze of Genetic Testing .” ... (GTE) team, the book explores the various types of the more than 65,000 ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... , ... June 20, 2017 , ... Kenneth Mayer, MD, ... Society (JIAS). , Dr. Mayer, who joined the JIAS Editorial Board in 2016, ... founding Medical Research Director of Fenway Health and Co-Chair of The Fenway ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... HOUSTON – Brazos Towers at Bayou ... host of new options for today’s modern senior. Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor has ... they love while offering them the services to support that lifestyle both now and ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... SAN DIEGO, California (PRWEB) , ... June 20, ... ... modern product documentation and help content solutions for the enterprise, is proud to ... web properties, including CRM, e-commerce, ticketing systems, company websites, and more to provide ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/14/2017)... Calif. , June 14, 2017 The ... the City of Fremont and ... of the bio-pharma industry in California ... technology, enabling executive networking, and fostering workforce development. The ... development and growth of start-ups, as well as small ...
(Date:6/12/2017)... , June 12, 2017 Kineta, Inc., a ... announced Kineta Vice President of R&D and Head ... the Pandemic Preparedness for the Northwest and Beyond ... held on June 14, 2017 from 8:30-10:30 AM PDT at ... Dr. Bedard will be joined by ...
(Date:6/9/2017)... AirXpanders, Inc. (ASX: AXP) (AirXpanders or Company), ... sale and distribution of the AeroForm® Tissue Expander System, ... commercial roll-out in the United States ... hundred (100) medical institutions and health systems, located throughout ... alternative for women who choose reconstructive surgery following a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: