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Medical News and Perspectives
March 28, 2012

Birth Cohort Screening May Help Find Hepatitis C Cases

JAMA. 2012;307(12):1242. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.337

Screening US baby boomers for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a cost-effective way to prevent tens of thousands of deaths in a birth cohort with the highest prevalence of HCV infection in the country, recent research suggests.

The analysis used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the US Census, the Kaiser Permanente Health System of Georgia, the Cleveland Clinic, and Medicare to assess cost-effectiveness of HCV screening in the US population born between 1945 and 1965.

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