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Brazil faces major challenges in liver transplantation
A recent analysis indicates that more than 1,700 liver transplantations are performed annually in Brazil. While Brazil performs more liver transplant surgeries than anywhere else in Latin America and is third worldwide in absolute terms, the country averages only 5 to 10 liver transplants per million population due to its increasing population and inadequate donor organ supply. (2016-08-01)

Animated short created to raise public awareness about liver failure
An animated short-film produced by the ALIVER consortium titled 'Life After Liver Failure' premieres tomorrow morning at the BioTech Village in The International Liver Congress™ 2018. (2018-04-11)

International Meeting To Highlight Latest Developments In Liver Transplantation
Medical experts from around the world will gather Oct. 15 to 17 in Seattle for a review of state-of-the-art developments in liver transplantation at the Fourth Congress of the International Liver Transplantation Society (1997-09-23)

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)

Global Liver Cancer Conference
This event brings international scientists together to fight liver cancer. It will be hosted over a span of two days. The first full day will be researchers sharing their knowledge, followed by a poster session. On the second day, a panel of physicians will share and learn the optimal medical and surgical management of liver cancer. (2015-03-02)

Innovation in science
Results of a study presented today at the International Liver Congress 2010 demonstrate that a dual FXR and TGR5 agonist decreases liver damage and modulates hepatic inflammation and fibrosis in a mouse model of primary sclerosing chlolangitis. In contrast, selective FXR or TGR5 agonists have no beneficial effect. (2010-04-17)

Liver problems will likely increase in adults
A new study indicates that liver scarring (or fibrosis), which can ultimately lead to liver failure, is fairly common. It was especially prevalent in individuals with diabetes or steatosis, the latter of which occurs when fat cells infiltrate the liver. (2015-08-18)

Many diabetics don't know they have serious liver disease
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic liver disease in the Western world. NAFLD is a frequent finding in patients with type 2 diabetes, but the exact prevalence of NAFLD, as well as whether patients with diabetes should be screened for it, remain uncertain. (2015-09-21)

Heavy drinking endangers the health of liver transplants
Alcoholic liver disease is a major indication for liver transplantation, but up to 20 percent of patients experience severe alcoholic relapse. New research shows that such relapse can cause significant damage to newly transplanted livers. (2016-04-07)

Hepatitis C is killing liver cells
It has long been thought that liver disease in hepatitis C patients is caused by the patient's immune system attacking the infected liver, ultimately killing the cells. University of Alberta researchers have discovered something different though. (2009-02-05)

Disoriented T cells cause liver disease
T cells activated in the gut during inflammatory bowel disease can be re-routed to the liver and cause chronic liver disease, according to Eksteen and colleagues in the December 1 issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine. (2004-11-29)

A bioartificial system acts as 'dialysis' for failing livers in pigs
A bioartificial system that incorporates enhanced liver cells can act as an analogous form of dialysis for the liver in pigs, effectively carrying out the organ's detoxifying roles and preventing further liver damage in animals with acute liver failure. (2020-07-08)

Researchers aim to cut future need for liver transplants
University of Edinburgh scientists have identified primitive liver cells -- possibly dormant from the earliest developmental stage of a human being -- which have the potential to mature into different cells types and help repair a failing liver. (2006-07-06)

University of Hawai'i Cancer Center researcher receives 5-year $2.70 million grant
A five-year $2.70 million grant will allow UH Cancer Center researcher to study how gut bacteria can damage the liver and eventually promote the development of fibrosis and liver cancer. (2015-08-26)

Risk of liver cancer from hepatitis B persists even after clearing the virus
Long-term infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause liver inflammation and increase the risk of liver cancer. Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, found that resolving HBV infection was not associated with reduced rates of liver cancer. (2016-04-22)

Some herbal and dietary supplements can be toxic to the liver
A recent review based on a research symposium sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the National Institutes of Health highlights the potentially damaging effects of herbal and dietary supplements (HDSs) on the liver. (2016-10-28)

BioDonostia evaluates the use of a food-related method for the diagnosis of hepatic steatosis
A multidisciplinary research team from the Instituto Biodonostia made up by digestologists, epidemiologists and researchers of the Experimental Unit evaluates the use of a method so far employed in the food industry to improve the diagnosis of hepatic steatosis. (2010-07-20)

Saffron-based crocin prevents liver cancer: Preclinical studies and beyond!!
New study lead by UAE University Prof. Amr Amin unravels mechanisms by which saffron-based 'crocin' protects against liver cancer. (2015-12-31)

Innovation in science
Results of a study presented today at the at the International Liver Congress TM 2010 reveals the effects of a new drug for the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis, and shows further evaluation is necessary. (2010-04-15)

Eating white meat and fish may lower risk of liver cancer
Eating lots of white meat -- such as poultry -- or fish may reduce the risk of developing liver cancer by 31 percent and 22 percent, respectively, according to a recent analysis of studies published between 1956 and 2013. (2014-10-06)

UK liver services need urgent improvement
Liver services in the United Kingdom need better funding and better staffing, argues a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. (2005-10-13)

Man develops severe liver damage after taking epsom salts
A 38-year-old man developed serious liver damage after taking epsom salts to treat gallstones, reveal doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports. (2017-10-02)

Diet and exercise can improve kidney function in patients with fatty liver disease
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a potentially serious liver condition characterized by excess fat in the liver associated with inflammation and scarring. NASH may progress to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer, and it can also compromise kidney function. (2016-11-21)

Tiny particles may pose threat to liver cells, say scientists
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are to study the effects of nanoparticles on the liver. In a UK first, the scientists will assess whether nanoparticles -already found in pollution from traffic exhaust, but also used in making household goods such as paint, sunblock, food, cosmetics and clothes- can cause damage to the cells of the liver. (2006-04-04)

Protein links liver cancer with obesity, alcoholism, and hepatitis
A new study identifies an unexpected molecular link between liver cancer, cellular stress, and risk factors for developing this cancer -- obesity, alcoholism, and viral hepatitis. In the study by University of Iowa researchers and published in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers show that a protein called CHOP, which had previously been thought to generally protect against cancer, actually promotes liver cancer in mice. (2013-12-19)

Rosiglitazone prevents hepatic fibrosis?
To test whether rosiglitazone inhibits fibrosis by stimulating peroxisome proliferator activated receptors gamma (PPAR gamma) activities, the authors examined the effects of praziquantel, rosiglitazone, and praziquantel plus rosiglitazone in mice with liver fibrosis due to infection with schistosoma japonicum. The results demonstrate that rosiglitazone and praziquantel plus rosiglitazone could significantly reduce inflammation and fibrosis in mice with schistosomiasis. (2008-05-14)

Particulate air pollution linked to poor survival in liver cancer patients
In a recent study, exposure to particulate air pollution after being diagnosed with liver cancer was significantly associated with an increased risk of premature death. (2017-06-07)

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help patients with cirrhosis
Statins used for the treatment of high cholesterol may have other beneficial effects, but there has been reluctance to prescribe them to patients with liver disease because of concerns that they may cause abnormal liver enzyme levels in the blood. (2017-09-07)

Study examines the effect of alcohol consumption on survival in non-alcoholic fatty liver
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), which is not caused by significant alcohol consumption, has become the most common liver disease in the United States and comprises more than two thirds of patients with chronic liver disease. In a Hepatology study of patients with NAFLD, modest alcohol consumption was associated with a 36 percent decreased risk of early death, while drinking 1.5 or more drinks per day was associated with a 45 percent increased risk, after adjustments. (2018-10-02)

New link in liver cancer
Liver damage can be triggered by various insults, including hepatitis infection or alcohol-induced cirrhosis. In severe cases, this damage can lead to cancer. A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and Osaka University reveals how one protein helps decide the fate of damaged livers in mice. The study will be published online on March 30 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. (2009-03-30)

Overweight more harmful to the liver than alcohol in middle-aged men
Overweight carries a greatly increased risk of cirrhosis of the liver in men, reveals a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy. (2011-06-07)

Diabetes doubles risk of liver disease and liver cancer
In the largest study of its kind, researchers have shown that diabetes can cause chronic liver disease and cancer of the liver. The public health significance of these findings is potentially large as it is estimated that 18.2 million people in the United States have diabetes. (2004-02-12)

Statin use associated with reduced risk of liver cancer among those in the UK
In a nested-case control study of individuals living in the UK, a part of the world with a relatively low incidence of liver cancer, statin use is associated with a decreased risk of liver cancer, according to a new study published Feb. 26 in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2015-02-26)

Fatty liver under stress
A poor diet and other risk factors can result in liver disease. This important metabolic organ can become fatty and inflamed. In the long term, this may result in irreversible and life-threatening organ damage (cirrhosis of the liver or 'shrunken liver'). Experts at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin have now analyzed liver cells in vitro to investigate how degenerative fattening and inflammation can impair the body's primary detoxification system. (2018-04-09)

Liver study could aid recovery of overdose patients
Scientists have identified a protein that they believe could hold the key to limiting liver damage following a paracetamol overdose. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that overdose patients who suffer the greatest liver damage have higher levels of a protein known as cyclophilin A in their urine. (2008-12-16)

Incidence of Fatty Liver Disease rises as obesity in children increases
As part of a national multicenter research network, Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are looking at Vitamin E and at metformin, a drug used to treat type II diabetes, as possible therapies for Fatty Liver Disease in 8 to 17 year olds. Fatty Liver Disease may exist in 15 percent or more of obese children. (2007-03-15)

Alcohol use in patients with chronic liver disease
A review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the effects of alcohol use on various forms of liver disease, as well as the assessment and treatment of alcohol use in patients with chronic liver disease. (2018-09-26)

Research offers hope of new treatments for liver damage
Millions of patients suffering from liver damage (cirrhosis) and failure may benefit from research by the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton which may lead to new life-saving treatments. (2005-03-24)

Fatty liver disease contributes to cardiovascular disease and vice versa
For the first time, researchers have shown that a bi-directional relationship exists between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease. Fatty liver disease can lead to increased cardiovascular disease risk and vice versa. (2016-11-10)

New test can predict death in patients with serious liver disease
Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University in Denmark have found that the biomarker CD163 can predict mortality in blood samples from patients with acute on chronic liver failure. (2016-04-01)

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