Hepatitis C, an infectious disease that can go undetected in a
person for decades while slowly destroying the liver, is emerging as
one of the country's top health care concerns, both in terms in loss
of life and stress on the economy.
Like the AIDS virus,
hepatitis C often is transmitted through sexual contact, bodily
fluids and sharing of intravenous drug needles. People who had blood
transfusions before 1992 also are at risk.
disease can be detected with a simple blood test, physicians,
insurers and national health officials all express concern about its
growing prevalence and that few victims know they are infected:
Energy bars may be popular for athletes, but they don’t
always provide essential nutrients, and their ingredients aren’t
always regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says
Cynthia Sass, a dietitian at the University of South Florida in