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Hep C Test Recommended For Baby Boomers

Jun 28, 2013

  All baby boomers should get screened at least once for hepatitis C, regardless of risk factors. That’s the recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an influential group of independent experts who are appointed by the federal government. Many people who carry the blood infection show no symptoms for many years. As one ages hepatitis C can cause a variety of serious liver problems, including cancer. Dr. Jeff Duchin, chief of epidemiology at Seattle-King County Public Health, tells Ross Reynolds why it’s important for baby boomers to get tested.

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Every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. That’s the recommendation from the US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of doctors and researchers.

People's Harm Reduction Alliance

A public memorial service is planned Thursday for Bob Quinn. Quinn was a public health maverick. He died last month.

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Bob Quinn, one of the founders of Seattle's needle exchange, died over the weekend. The King County Medical examiner says it was suicide.

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Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy. The recommendation is in response to the growing outbreak of the disease in the U.S. So far, there are more than 32,000 reported cases of whooping cough across the country.  If the trend holds, it’s on track to be the highest number of cases since 1959.   

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