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West Nile Virus: If You’re Over 50, Your Risk Is Higher

Posted on 08/23/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFederal health officials are warning older adults to take extra steps to protect themselves against the mosquito responsible for this summer’s record outbreak of West Nile virus. Thanks to the extreme heat and drought affecting the country, the mosquito that carries the West Nile virus has flourished. The result, say officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the worst outbreak of the virus in history — infecting people in 47 states and causing 41 deaths so …

CDC Urges Boomers to Get Tested for Hepatitis C

Posted on 05/21/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthHepatitis C is one of the more dastardly boogiemen in the club of chronic illnesses. In short, it is a blood-borne virus that can cause a variety of complications, such as liver damage. The Centers for Disease control report that around 3.2 million Americans are infected and is most prevalent in people born between the years 1945 and 1965. In the face of this, the CDC had their first national day of testing last week. Their focus was on increased …