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Hepatitis C Screening Advised According to Age Group

May 11, 2011

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By testing Americans born from 1946 to 1970 for Hepatitis C, a statistical model claims that thousands of lives could be saved.

Age-Based Hep C Screening May Work Better Than Risk-Based Screening

By: HEIDI SPLETE, Internal Medicine News Digital Network

5/8/11

CHICAGO – A targeted, age-based screening program would result in 59,000 fewer deaths associated with hepatitis C and advanced liver disease, compared with the current risk-based screening program, based on statistical modeling.

Under current U.S. screening practices, “people with no risk factors might not get screened,” Dr. Zobair Younossi of the Inova Health System in Fairfax, Va., said during a press conference in advance of the meetingannual Digestive Disease Week. The results were presented at the annual Digestive Disease Week meeting on May 8.

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