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USPSTF Proposes New HCV Screening Recommendations

In late August, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a new Draft Recommendation Statement entitled Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening, which calls for screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in all adults between the ages of 18-79 years.…

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First Fatality in Illinois Linked to Vaping

On August 23, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement addressing the first suspected fatality in Illinois linked to severe lung disease caused by e-cigarette use, or vaping: “This tragic death in Illinois reinforces the serious risks…

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EPA Rule on Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Disposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule, to take effect on August 21st, which will prohibit healthcare facilities, including dental offices, to “sewer” pharmaceutical hazardous waste. The term “sewering” refers to disposing of pharmaceutical hazardous waste by dumping it…

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