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Today's Top Medical Stories for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Health experts predict a rapid decline in a disease that currently kills about 15,000 Americans annually.
Researchers predict hepatitis C will soon become a rare disease. Approximately one in every 100 people in the United States currently has the chronic illness, which affects the liver. But based on new screening guidelines and highly effective drug treatments, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh predict the viral infection could become rare by the year 2036.

A new study adds to the debate about mammograms for women 75 and older. Researchers at the University of Washington found older women whose cancer was detected by mammography had a 10 percent higher 5-year survival rate than women whose cancer was detected by themselves or their doctors. Currently, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend mammograms for this age group.  

And where a woman delivers her baby can greatly affect whether she has a good experience or not. Researchers from the university of Rochester looked at women who had cesarean deliveries at low- and high performing hospitals. They found women at the low performing hospitals experienced five times the complications -- including clots and infections -- than women at high performing hospitals.


(Craig Boswell, CBS News)


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