SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

Never Miss a Story

Sign Up For Weekly Top Stories

 

More Industry Headlines

Tau PET imaging may be the key to developing effective drugs for Alzheimer’s Researchers continue to shift focus away from Amyloid

Non-contrast MR angiography safe for patients with renal disease and diabetes An alternative to gadolinium-based contrast agents?

PET/CT beats MR for assessing head and neck cancer treatment response Informing efficacy of chemo after a single round of treatment

Patient centering is key to CT dose optimization Retrospective studies have shown off-centering is most pronounced vertically

ASTRO 2016: the big news from radiation therapy's leading OEMs For improving dose delivery, image guidance is a clear priority

Blue Cross Blue Shield plans ACA exits in two states Will pull out of three markets in Tennessee and Nebraska in 2017

GE will invest $50 million into disruptive health care startups worldwide Launches accelerator five.eight to move the needle on global care

Roughly half of radiotherapy candidates in developing countries lack access: ASTRO It's a 'give a man a fish' problem

NSF awards grant to develop MR-guided robotic biopsies Guidabot designed for real-time imaging of minimally invasive neurological interventions

P-Cure showcases seated position imaging solution for proton therapy at ASTRO Could be beneficial for treating upper body indications

CDC: Boomers should get tested for hep C

by Brendon Nafziger , DOTmed News Associate Editor
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday baby boomers should get a one-time test for hepatitis C, as an estimated 1.5 million of them might be carriers of the virus and not even know it.

Under the new guidelines, the CDC recommends that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested for the blood-borne liver disease.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Streamline Your Radiology Workflow with RamSoft's PowerServer RIS/PACS

The PowerServer RIS/PACS is a single database application, essential to reducing redundant work, limiting manual data entry, and increasing consistency throughout healthcare practices. Click to learn how it will help you improve patient care and more.



Previously, the CDC only recommended testing for people at risk for hep C, such as intravenous drug users, HIV patients, health care workers with needlestick injuries, and people who received blood transfusions before routine testing for the virus began in July 1992.

But the agency said a majority of U.S. adults with hep C are baby boomers, many of whom could have been infected decades ago when they were children or teens - possibly through long-forgotten drug use or a transfusion.

"Because hepatitis C has few noticeable symptoms, many of those who are infected have no idea that the virus has been slowly damaging their livers," Bryce Smith, the lead health scientist for CDC's viral hepatitis division, said in a statement.

About 3.2 million Americans have hep C, and about 75 percent of adults affected by it are baby boomers, the CDC said. Every year, the agency said nearly 15,000 people die of the disease, which over time can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer.

New therapies for the disease can cure about 75 percent of patients, the CDC said.

The agency estimates that the expanded recommendations for a one-time test could lead to doctors identifying 800,000 new hep C cases. The resulting treatments could save an estimated 120,000 lives.

Related:


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2016 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED