Rates of Hepatitis B soar in Asian community

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Rates of Hepatitis B soar in Asian community

Hepatitis B, strikes 240 million people worldwide each year. But among Asians, the rates are even higher, impacting one in ten.

That’s why health agencies, including in the United States are featuring Asians in their public health campaigns.

So why are rates of Hepatitis B so high among Asians and why is the danger routinely overlooked by patients and their doctors?

CCTV America’s Mark Niu reports.

Rates of Hepatitis B soar in Asian community

Rates of Hepatitis B soar in Asian community

Hepatitis B, strikes 240 million people worldwide each year. But among Asians, the rates are even higher, impacting one in ten.That’s why health agencies, including in the United States are featuring Asians in their public health campaigns. So why are rates of Hepatitis B so high among Asians and why is the danger routinely overlooked by patients and their doctors?

With more than 50 percent of the Hepatitis B cases in the U.S. being Asian Americans, one of the world’s leading experts, Professor Samuel So, founded the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, where his team experiments with everything from modifying chemical structures of Chinese herbs to using big data to analyze old drugs to attack the Hepatitis B virus.

The center has conducted studies that found a lack of knowledge among medical staff worldwide, including U.S. doctors.

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