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Smart Talk: New attention to hazing; Baby boomers and Hepatitis C

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 13, 2013 5:22 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk, Thursday, November 14, 2013:

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A New Focus on Hazing

Was is hazing or bullying or both?  The nation is abuzz about what transpired between pro football players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito that prompted Martin to leave the Miami Dolphins last week. 

Whatever happened between the pair of 300-pound offensive linemen has focused attention on hazing and bullying.

witf’s Pushed Around is a multimedia series taking a comprehensive look the many aspects of bullying--at school, online and in the workplace. Learn more at witf.org/PushedAround. Supported by Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

What we've learned and had confirmed is that hazing is not isolated, even though many organizations, sports teams, and colleges have rules against it.

Just last week, York College placed its entire wrestling team on disciplinary probation and several wrestlers were expelled after an investigation of a hazing incident that included assaults on team members.

Franklin and Marshall College's women's lacrosse coaches were fired last year and a few athletes disciplined as the result of a 2011 hazing incident.

Dr. Elizabeth Allan, co-director of the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention at the University of Maine and Dr. Brian Crow, an associate professor of Sport Management at Slippery Rock University will appear on Thursday's Smart Talk to discuss hazing.

Have you ever been hazed?  Some see hazing as a team building exercise.  Do you agree?

Baby Boomers & Hepatitis C

Also, the Centers for Disease Control say 75% of the three million Americans living with Hepatitis C don't know it and could be susceptible to serious illnesses.  The CDC is recommending Baby Boomers -- those born between 1945 and 1965 -- be tested.  Dr. John Goldman, an infectious disease specialist at Pinnacle Health joins us on Thursday's program.

For more on Boomers & Hepatitis C, plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare--check out witf’s Transforming Health. From policy to personal choices this multimedia project takes a comprehensive look at today’s health system. Transforming Health is a partnership of witf, WellSpan Health and PinnacleHealth.

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