This week: Baby boomer health issues, 60 years of poison control, more

Mar 23, 2017

Three under-diagnosed health conditions can have a profound effect on baby boomers and health care providers should discuss them with their patients, especially those born between 1945 and 1965, says State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

Zucker talks about the detection and treatment of pre-diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure and hepatitis C. If pre-diabetes is found and treated, full-blown diabetes can be prevented or delayed. Simple readings can detect high blood pressure, which can then be controlled before it causes serious damage. Hepatitis C, a chronic viral infection that can stem from intravenous drug use or blood products years ago, can now be cured.

The conversation also focuses on loneliness, which can lead to poor health habits and a less active mind.

Also this week: a machine that can help a patients’ heart and/or lungs heal better, plus the evolution of the Upstate New York Poison Center.

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