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Alcohol consumption in late teens can lead to liver problems in adulthood
Alcohol is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis and liver-related deaths. (2018-01-21)
Magnetically applied MicroRNAs could one day help relieve constipation
Micro metal beads and magnets help deliver a biologic where it's needed to improve constipation or rectoanal incontinence in animal models of the disorders. (2018-01-16)
Should uninfected patients accept hepatitis C-infected livers to reduce waiting time?
A modeling study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators finds that the availability of directly-acting antiviral drugs to treat hepatitis C virus infection could allow the transplantation of livers from HCV-positive donors into HCV-negative recipients without posing undue risk. (2017-12-19)
Alcohol consumption and metabolic factors act together to increase the risk of severe liver disease
A new study provides insights into the interaction between alcohol consumption and metabolic factors in predicting severe liver disease in the general population. (2017-11-22)
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease increases risk of liver, colorectal, and breast cancers
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the more common chronic liver diseases worldwide. (2017-11-13)
Blood test spots overdose patients at risk of liver damage
People who overdose on paracetamol could be helped by a blood test that shows immediately if they are going to suffer liver damage, research led by the universities of Edinburgh and Liverpool has found. (2017-11-13)
Three or more cups of coffee daily halves mortality risk in patients with both HIV and HCV
Patients infected by both HIV and hepatitis C virus are at specific risk of end-stage liver disease and greater risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. (2017-09-25)
Electronic health record alert improves HCV screening and treatment among baby boomers
In a recent study, screening rates for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among baby boomers increased fivefold in the year following implementation of an electronic health record (EHR)-based prompt for primary care physicians. (2017-09-14)
Universal screening for alcohol misuse at hospital admission identifies patients at risk of developing alcoholic liver disease
In a landmark study of over 50,000 hospital admissions, investigators demonstrated the feasibility of introducing universal screening for alcohol misuse to identify patients at risk. (2017-07-27)
Predicting heart events after liver transplant
The first app and score to determine the one-year risk of a liver transplant patient dying or being hospitalized for a heart attack or other cardiovascular complication has been developed. (2017-07-12)
Study examines palliative care trends in patients with end-stage liver disease
A new study has uncovered low rates of referral for palliative care in US patients with end-stage liver disease, although rates have been slowly increasing over time. (2017-06-29)
EASL releases editorial response to Cochrane Review of DAAs in HCV
EASL raises serious concerns over a Cochrane systematic review and questions conclusions in an editorial published today in Journal of Hepatology. (2017-06-28)
Fatality rates are high within 2 years of drug-induced liver injury
Most patients suffering liver toxicity due to medications or herbal or dietary supplements recover from the acute liver injury without long-term problems, but some do not survive the injury or they require liver transplantation. (2017-06-26)
New study: Unsaturated fat associated with fatty liver disease
As the obesity epidemic continues, new data shed light on which nutrients and what quantity of those nutrients promote health or disease. (2017-06-14)
Short duration of breastfeeding and maternal obesity linked to fatty liver in adolescents
Infants who were breastfed for less than six months before starting infant formula milk and infants who had mothers who were obese at the start of pregnancy, were much more likely to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as adolescents, according to a novel study in the Journal of Hepatology. (2017-06-11)
Take a coffee or tea break to protect your liver
According to a new study published in the Journal of Hepatology, researchers found that drinking coffee and herbal tea may protect against liver fibrosis, estimated as the degree of liver stiffness, which is high in extensive scarring of the liver. (2017-06-06)
Inflammatory signature of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
A team of investigators led by Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS, of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, has identified key inflammatory cells involved in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. (2017-05-16)
Study identifies a new test to predict severity of inflammatory bowel disease in children
The results from a Norwegian study show that a new genetic test for characterising intestinal microbiota may help to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children and predict which children will develop the most extensive disease and need early, aggressive intervention. (2017-05-12)
New data show Human Milk Oligosaccharide (HMO) improves the balance of bacteria in formula-fed babies' digestive systems*, providing important immune system and health benefits
New Abbott data presented this week, at the 50th Annual Congress of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) in Prague, further supports the important role Human Milk Oligosaccharides (or HMOs) play in supporting the immune system of formula-fed babies. (2017-05-12)
Experts warn parents of the risks of getting vegan diets wrong in young children
Experts at the 50th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) are today warning that young children who follow a vegan diet without medical and dietary advice carry the risk of a number of nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B12, calcium, zinc and high quality protein, which can have potentially devastating health effects. (2017-05-11)
Statins may benefit cirrhotic patients with hepatitis B or C infections
Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) can lead to cirrhosis as well as liver cancer. (2017-05-08)
A unique enzyme could be a game-changer for gluten-sensitive patients
Researchers have found that taking an enzyme tablet while consuming foods containing gluten prevents a significant amount of it from entering the small intestine. (2017-05-07)
Non-surgical weight-loss treatment found safe, effective for those with limited options
A new study finds that individuals struggling with obesity who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery can benefit substantially from non-surgical endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017. (2017-05-06)
Study: Genetic markers may predict which HCV, cirrhosis patients improve with treatment
Genotyping of patients with advanced cirrhosis from hepatitis C virus could help health-care professionals predict the likelihood of improvement after successful hepatitis C treatment, thus minimizing the need for liver transplants. (2017-05-06)
Statins may benefit cirrhotic patients with Hepatitis B or C infections
Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) can lead to cirrhosis as well as liver cancer. (2017-04-24)
Trial of fibrate therapy in primary biliary cholangitis shows treatment is well tolerated
The results of the BEZURSO study, found that bezafibrate in combination with UDCA normalized prognostic markers of liver disease in patients with PBC with an inadequate response to UDCA. (2017-04-22)
Cold weather & fewer sun hours are associated with increased rates of alcoholic cirrhosis
New data presented at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, suggests that colder and less sunny regions of the world have higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking which results in irreversible scarring of the liver. (2017-04-22)
Study demonstrates the efficacy of an investigational treatment in hepatitis C subgroup
Study results presented today demonstrate that the oral, once-daily treatment regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir resulted in 95 percent sustained virologic response rates 12 weeks post treatment in patients with HCV genotype 3. (2017-04-21)
Diet high in animal protein is associated with NAFLD in overweight people
A large epidemiological study presented today found that a diet high in animal protein was associated with a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition in which fat builds up in the liver. (2017-04-21)
Blood donor screening for hepatitis E reveals incidence is higher than previously reported
Results from a study presented today found that the incidence of HEV RNA in asymptomatic blood donors from Germany is higher than previously reported. (2017-04-21)
ILC 2017: New EASL clinical practice guidelines on the management of hepatitis B virus
The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) today published their revised Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) on the management of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. (2017-04-20)
Severe gum disease strongly predicts higher mortality in cirrhosis
Results presented today from a prospective study in patients with irreversible scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) demonstrates that severe periodontitis (an inflammatory gum disease) strongly predicts higher mortality in this population, after adjustments for various risk factors. (2017-04-20)
ILC 2017: Four new EASL clinical practice guidelines on the management of liver diseases
The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) today announced that four new Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) will be presented at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and published in the Journal of Hepatology, EASL's official journal. (2017-04-19)
Final reminder; less than 30 days to The International Liver CongressTM 2017
With less than 30 days to go until The International Liver CongressTM 2017, it's time to register as a member of the press to attend the congress! (2017-03-29)
DDW® 2017 offers reporters access to leading research in digestive health
Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) returns to Chicago, Ill., from May 6-9, 2017, bringing together physicians, researchers and academics from across the world. (2017-03-14)
Six weeks left to register for The International Liver CongressTM 2017
With just six weeks to go until The International Liver Congress™ (ILC) 2017, time is running out to register! (2017-03-09)
Too many patients get liver tests they don't need, which can raise fears and costs
Doctors are ordering too many liver-related blood tests at the same time, new research shows, which may lead to unneeded worry, biopsies and costs. (2017-03-02)
American Gastroenterological Association releases Obesity Practice Guide
Patients with obesity need a multidisciplinary approach to achieve a healthy weight, and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) believes that gastroenterologists are in a unique position to lead the care team. (2017-02-28)
Two months left to register for The International Liver CongressTM 2017
With just over two months to go until The International Liver Congress™ (ILC) 2017, it's time to register for your seat! (2017-02-14)
Gold standard monitoring of HCC in patients with cirrhosis is cost-effective
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the leading cause of death in patients with cirrhosis. (2017-02-08)
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