Boomers’ Drug Use Pushes Hepatitis Deaths Past HIV, Study Finds

Deaths attributed to hepatitis in the U.S. rose during the past decade to surpass those from HIV, posing a future public health burden as most people aren’t aware they are infected. The baby boom generation, those born from 1946 to 1964, are the most at Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Sally Lehrman - Feb 20, 2012 - 4:53 PM PST
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Edited by: Sally Lehrman - Feb 20, 2012 - 9:38 PM PST

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Julia Hirt
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by Julia Hirt - Feb. 21, 2012

This article discusses the prevalence of Hepatitis among the Baby Boomer generation, those born from 1946-1964. As a whole, the piece is very well written and there is little evidence of stereotypes present. However, a quote from John Ward, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hepatitis division, says, "Injection drug use was frequent in this age group, and even one-time exposure to injection drug use carries a high risk." This excerpt proves to be stereotypical because it implies that the majority of baby boomers use or have used injection drugs before. This stereotyping matters because there are other ways to contract hepatitis and those should be addresseProxy-Connection: keep-alive Cache-Control: ... More »

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Sam Gisi
3.6
by Sam Gisi - Feb. 21, 2012

In the story, there are three main fault lines that the author hints at: generation, geography, and class. The generation is obvious from the start that the article is for the Baby Boomer generation. It also says the years that they are looking at: from 1946-1964. The second fault line is geography. The author keeps bringing up that the facts are for the US. I am not sure why this is specifically important to the article, but since the author keeps bringing it up, I thought it was important. The Last fault line was class. This one was implied because to decrease the Hepatitis deaths, the Baby Boomer generation needs to take drugs which implies that you have the money for it. The author might have explained that a little bit more ... More »

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Brent Harvey
3.7
by Brent Harvey - Feb. 21, 2012

This story presents a frame mostly based on the medical aspect of responsibility. The issue presented boils down to the medical companies need to provide drugs to throw at the problem. In the narrow cohort of the baby-boomer generation the this is true, since Hepatitis often goes unnoticed for many years medicine does need to be available for when serious symptoms 'spontaneously' occur. Also societal responsibility played through the lack of attention given to hepatitis, and more ... More »

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