Show: September 30, 2012:
- Why are baby boomers being urged to be tested for hepatitis C?
- Is birth control for men on the horizon?
- Why is the incidence of Chagas disease growing in the U.S?
- How is the Middle Ages plague treated today?
- What problems can men taking balding medications face?
- How can setting goals aid terminally ill patients?
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Why are baby boomers being urged to be tested for hepatitis C?
Interview: Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, Director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. On medical staff at Riley and Wishard hospitals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new recommendations that every member of the baby boomer generation (born from 1945 through 1965) receive a one-time blood test to screen for hepatitis C. More than 2 million baby boomers are known to be infected, accounting for 75 percent of all Americans living with the virus, which may be present for many decades before symptoms appear. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., who regularly sees patients at Wishard Hospital and serves as director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, discusses the recommendations, what tests are used to determine its presence and what steps carriers can take to avoid fatal liver damage.