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Sunday, November 11, 2012

New cohort shows the impact of hepatitis B and hepatitis C on the 'baby boom' generation

A new US study provides more evidence of the disproportionate impact of viral hepatitis infections on the 'baby boom' generation. Writing in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases, investigators from the newly established Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study (CHeCS) reported that 75% of hepatitis C infections were among patients born between 1945 and 1964, with half of all hepatitis B infections located in the same age group.

Both infections had a significant health impact, with high rates of hospitalisation and death.

“The mortality rates and relative youth of CHeCS patients who were dying was…notable,” comment the authors.

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