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:1/15/2017)... ... , ... "On Tour is a music themed slideshow production package which allows ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , On Tour’s new slide presets come ... of their slideshows. Place each slide on top of another slide or piece of ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... ... January 15, 2017 , ... The ... is pleased to announce that it will be assisting HackensackUMC Mountainside with its ... Glen Ridge townships, servicing all surrounding towns. The firm will be working closely ...
(Date:1/14/2017)... California (PRWEB) , ... January 14, 2017 , ... "TransFreeze Volume 3 is a self ... freeze mask effect in Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel ... create a unique freeze frame transition from one clip to the next. , ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... ... ... KOAMTAC ®, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Bluetooth barcode scanners and mobile ... collector at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show (NRF17) held January 15-17 in New ... need for more compact and rugged devices for collecting barcode data paired with a ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) , ... January 13, 2017 , ... ... have to endure jolts of pain whenever they brush their teeth. Sadly, most dental ... people who have sensitive gums and teeth. For these people, continuing their daily oral ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/15/2017)... -- ImmersiveTouch Inc., the global leader in virtual and ... strengthening their Executive Management team.  The Company ... Officer, Jay Banerjee as Chief Operating Officer, ... and Jia Luo , PhD as Vice President ... Bowman has 20 years experience commercializing innovative medical technologies. ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... Stock-Callers is currently reviewing the following ... WMGI ), Varian Medical Systems Inc. (NYSE: ... ), and NuVasive Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA ). These ... a negative finish on Thursday, January 12 th , 2017, ... shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 were ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... 13, 2017 Wichita Laser Clinic ... treatments to Wichita, Kansas featuring ... treatments for skin rejuvenation, getting rid of unwanted tattoos, ... vascular lesions. "Since being in the aesthetics ... Wichita for laser tattoo removal and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: