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Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study Sheds Light on Burden of Hepatitis B and C in U.S.

People born between 1945 and 1964 account for the highest proportion of hepatitis B and C cases, and these viruses are a significant cause of illness and death, according to an analysis described in the January 1, 2013, Clinical Infectious Diseases.


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Task Force Recommends Hepatitis C Screening for Baby Boomers, but Data Inconclusive

Adults born between 1945 and 1965 should consider screening for hepatitis C, with a stronger recommendation for people with risk factors such as a history of injection drug use or blood transfusions before 1992, according to draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). A set of literature reviews, however, found that data on the benefits of testing are lacking.alt

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More than a Quarter of Homeless People in Los Angeles May Have Hepatitis C

As many as 1 in 4 homeless adults in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles may be infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), researchers reported in the July-August 2012 issue of Public Health Reports.alt

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Hepatitis C Raises Risk of Both Liver-Related and Non-Liver Deaths

Overall mortality from both liver-related disease and non-liver conditions -- including some cancers -- is significantly increased in people with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection compared with uninfected individuals, according to a study published in the July 17, 2012, advance online edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.alt

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Hepatitis C Deaths Now Outnumber Deaths from HIV; Screening Cost-Effective for Baby Boomers

More people are now dying due to hepatitis C than due to HIV in the U.S., according to CDC researchers, a shift attributable to both the aging of "baby boomers" infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) many years ago and the large reduction in HIV/AIDS-related mortality; hepatitis B deaths, however, are far lower than either hepatitis C or HIV. Another recent study showed that HCV screening for everyone in the 45-65 age range is likely to be cost-effective.alt

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