Navigation Links
East Asian Immigrants Bring Hepatitis to New York

According to a recent study conducted by the researchers at New York University School of medicine it was found that one in seven East Asian immigrants are carriers// of the hepatitis B virus. These predispose them to conditions such as liver cancer and cirrhosis. But it is surprising to know that most of the people are unaware that they were infected. Three-quarters of these people who are infected had no health insurance. The rate highest was found among immigrants from China. Hepatitis B is an endemic disease prevalent in many Asian countries.

But recently there is an increase in the number of Asian immigrants in New York which has led to the disease emerging in to a serious health problem. Hepatitis B is transmitted only through blood. On the other hand Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that can be transmitted through food. Hepatitis B vaccine is given to nearly all children born in the United States and to many adults who are considered at risk. But in the immigrant population, especially Chinese there is no comprehensive national vaccination program Dr. Henry J. Pollack, the lead author of the study says that hepatitis B virus can be present in the body sans symptoms and can be detected only if it causes life-threatening diseases like cancer or cirrhosis. The study results are to be published in the journal, Morbidity and Mortality. According to the New York State cancer registry liver cancer rates among Asian-Americans are 6 to 10 times greater than that of the whites. It is estimated that about 350 million cases of Hepatitis B are prevalent worldwide. It is most common in China, but scientists are unable to reason out the increased occurrence of the disease.

Charles B Wang who is a physician in the Community Health Center in New York City said that a large number of people have been identified through the screening program. Early detection and suppression of the virus can interrupt the cycle of mother-to-child transmission and also prevent chronic infection. An array of new drugs to treat chronic infection are prescribed which is not successful in curing the disease but suppress the virus so that it causes little or no harm. The medication must be taken for life. The researchers found that immigrants from Fujian province had the highest rate of infection. Men were twice as likely as women to be infected. The researchers screened 1,836 Asian-born adults last year at 12 sites in heavily Asian neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Over all, 24 % of the people screened were found to carry the virus.


Related medicine news :

1. Mediterranean diet aids Asian masses
2. Who Board To Discuss Asian Tsunami Related Health Issues
3. SARS (Bird Flu) spreading in the Asian continent
4. Hepatitis B A high cause of Asian Female Mortality
5. Smoking Banned In Southeast Asian Games Venues
6. Asian Alternative Treatments For Cancer On The Rise In Europe
7. More Funds required for Asian Countries to fight Bird Flu
8. Asian Nations Told To Ready Themselves For Pandemic
9. Asian Doctors Caught Issuing False Sick Notes
10. Asian Nations To Take Joint Efforts Against H5N1
11. Smoking Ban To Be Soon Implemented In South East Asian Bars
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/29/2015)... ... , ... Doctors who missed a case of mesothelioma in a 70-year-old Japanese ... push for a diagnosis, especially in people exposed to asbestos. Surviving Mesothelioma has just ... now. , Researchers at Gifu Prefectural Tajimi Hospital in Japan say the ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... ... and teleradiology services, has added Chris Hafey and Claude Hooton to its board ... Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 Annual Meeting and continues to strategically ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... 28, 2015 , ... Pixel Film Studios is back again with ProPanel: ... possibilities are endless. Users have full control over angle of view, speed method, start ... are sure to get heads to turn. , ProPanel: Pulse offers fully customizable pulsating ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... According to an ... changing the way that they are handling security in light of the recent terrorist ... presence in an attempt to stop an attack from reaching U.S. soil. Especially around ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... "When I was traveling, ... from Hillside, N.J. "Many people catch diseases simply from sitting on such dirty ... be protected from germs." , He developed the patent-pending QUDRATECS to eliminate the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/29/2015)... 29, 2015  Strengthening its leadership in connected healthcare ... today announced IntelliSpace Portal 8.0 , the latest ... platform that helps radiologists detect, diagnose and follow-up on ... Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA) in ... helps address the changing demands in radiology that result ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... Iowa , Nov. 29, 2015 ... ultrasound guidance technology at the Radiological Society of ... in Chicago November 29 ... system is designed to offer customers unrivaled versatility, ... --> ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... UTRECHT , Niederlande, November 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... mit fotodynamischer Bremachlorin-Therapie bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   ... fotodynamischer Bremachlorin-Therapie bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   --> ... fotodynamischer Bremachlorin-Therapie bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   ... berichtet. --> Clinical Cancer Research ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: