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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Weight Loss for a Healthy Liver

July 27, 2015 — Weight loss through both lifestyle modification and bariatric surgery can significantly reduce features of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a disease characterized by fat in the liver, according to two ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Scientists uncover a port of liver entry for malaria parasites, and if these results hold up in humans, drugs that target this entry protein might help prevent the spread of ... read more

July 8, 2015 — In a new study of more than 125,000 pregnant women, researchers found that the risk of hepatobiliary cancer and immune-mediated and cardiovascular diseases later in life is higher in women with ... read more

Hepatitis C: Life-Threatening Barriers in Access to Breakthrough Drugs in US

June 29, 2015 — Most states violate federal Medicaid law because they deny coverage for sofosbuvir, a new and highly effective treatment to cure hepatitis C. According to a team of researchers who examined Medicaid ... read more

Updated Guidance on Use of Hepatitis C Drugs

June 25, 2015 — The online Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C has been updated to aid practitioners treating patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is a blood-borne virus ... read more

Study Identifies Characteristics of Patients Likely to Have a Potential Living Liver Donor

June 24, 2015 — Younger patients, those who are married, and those with Child-Pugh C disease—the most severe measure of liver disease—are more likely immigrants, divorced patients and those at the lowest income ... read more

New Method for Investigating, Classifying Liver Tumors

June 16, 2015 — Adenomas are rare liver tumors, a certain percentage of which can become malignant. Using a new MR (magnetic resonance) technique, it is now possible to classify adenomas without subjecting patients ... read more

Scientist Finds Protein Critical to 'Iron Overload'

June 10, 2015 — The protein that the liver uses to load iron has been identified by a researcher, thereby opening the door to potential strategies to treat “iron overload” disorders. One form of these genetic ... read more

New MRI Approach Detects Early Liver Tumors in Mouse Model of Human Disease

June 9, 2015 — Scientists have designed an imaging technique to detect early-stage liver tumors, and have proven it successful in mice. Their study in an animal model is an essential step toward creating tools to ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Rev-erb? is a transcription factor that regulates a cell's internal clock and a new study describes how it regulates the clock in most cells in the body and metabolic genes in the liver in ... read more

May 28, 2015 — A portable, finger-probe device successfully measured liver function in brain dead adult organ donors, a finding that could change the way organs are assessed and save thousands of dollars per ... read more

A New Mechanism Protecting Liver from Dangerous Inflammation

May 28, 2015 — Life-threatening liver inflammation can be caused by excess alcohol, fatty foods, toxins, as well as viral, bacterial, and parasite infections. A study reports that a specific immune cell type in the ... read more

Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/r in Hepatitis C: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

May 28, 2015 — The new drug combination showed an advantage in three of a total of 16 patient groups, particularly regarding virologic response. The extent of added benefit remains unclear, ... read more

Large but Unexplained Variations in Paracetamol-Induced Liver Failure Among European Countries

May 28, 2015 — A 50-fold between-country difference in rates of paracetamol-induced acute liver failure that leads to liver transplant has been revealed by a study that compared patient data from seven countries at ... read more

Ledipasvir Plus Sofosbuvir: Hint of Added Benefit in Further Patient Group

May 22, 2015 — Documents subsequently submitted by the manufacturer show an advantage in sustained virologic response also for hepatitis C infection of genotype 1 with HIV coinfection without cirrhosis of the ... read more

Helping Doctors Predict What's Next for Patients Diagnosed With Hepatitis C

May 21, 2015 — As more Baby Boomers are screened for hepatitis C, a patient risk prediction model may help doctors target costly medications to those most likely to develop serious liver issues. The model uses ... read more

Dasabuvir in Hepatitis C: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

May 20, 2015 — A new drug combination showed an advantage in three of a total of 10 patient groups with hepatitis C, particularly regarding virologic response, reviewers have found. The extent of added benefit ... read more

Livers Donated After Cardiac Death Are Safe to Use in Liver Cancer Patients on a Transplant List

May 19, 2015 — Patients with liver cancer can be cured with a liver transplant. But because of the shortage of donated organs, these patients often die waiting for a liver. That’s because most transplant centers ... read more

Stress Levels Linked to Risk of Liver Disease Death, Study Shows

May 19, 2015 — Suffering from anxiety or depression could carry an increased risk of death from liver disease, a study suggests. The study is the first to identify a possible link between high levels of ... read more

Lives Could Be Saved With Hepatitis C Treatment

May 18, 2015 — A research team is asking for hepatitis C virus patients to gain improved access to drugs to prevent liver related deaths. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health burden in ... read more

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