Jim Byard's Health Beat
Baby Boomers Should Be Screened for Hepatitis C


Baby Boomers should be screened for hepatitis C, a government-backed panel says. The US Preventive Services Task Force said yesterday that all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 should be screened once for the chronic infection of the liver. The task force says that about 4 percent  of those in the so-called Baby Boom generation have hepatitis c. compared with 1 percent of the rest of the population. The task force says many people with hepatitis C aren't aware they have the condition and might not show any symptoms for years. The task force report was published online in the "Annals of Internal Medicine."

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