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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

New Target for the Treatment of Fatty Liver Disease Discovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — Two proteins, p38 gamma and p38 delta, control the accumulation of fat in the liver, a process linked to the development of insulin resistance and diabetes, which are common outcomes of obesity, ... read more

Experts Cite Multiple Contacts for Hepatitis C Virus Exposure in Ghana

Feb. 1, 2016 — West African residents have frequent opportunities for exposure to the hepatitis C virus, according to a new comprehensive ... read more

Jan. 6, 2016 — Researchers have found the 'bad seeds' of liver cancer and believe they could one day reprogram them to remain responsive to cancer treatment, a new study has found. The key to disrupting ... read more

Saffron-Based Crocin Prevents Liver Cancer: Preclinical Studies and Beyond

Jan. 4, 2016 — Liver cancer remains among the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide. Now new research unravels mechanisms by which saffron-based 'crocin' protects against liver ... read more

Hepatitis C Tied to Increased Risk of Parkinson's

Dec. 23, 2015 — The hepatitis C virus may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study. Parkinson's disease is considered the second most common degenerative ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Chronic alcohol use, when combined with repeated binge drinking, causes more damage to the liver than previously thought, new research ... read more

Dec. 11, 2015 — Cirrhosis is the main risk factor for liver cancer. The same target may be the key to preventing and treating this condition, suggests researchers at the conclusion of a recent study. Cirrhosis is ... read more

Dec. 8, 2015 — Salk team develops drug that prevents and reverses deadly liver damage in ... read more

Combination Therapy Successfully Treats Hepatitis C in Patients With Advanced Liver Disease

Nov. 30, 2015 — A combination of antiviral medications can eradicate hepatitis C infection in more than 90 percent of patients with advanced liver disease, a large multi-center clinical trial has ... read more

Recommended Levels of Activity Rarely Achieved by Obese Children and Those With Liver Disease

Nov. 26, 2015 — Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is most common form of chronic liver disease in children and adolescents in western countries, and yet new research indicates that obese children rarely achieve ... read more

Liver Cell Therapies Closer as Study Reveals Key to Mass Production

Nov. 25, 2015 — Stem cell scientists have made a key find that aids the quest to produce therapies for patients with liver damage. They have developed a new technique for growing liver cells from stem cells that is ... read more

Expensive Drugs That Cure Hepatitis C Are Worth the Cost, Even at Early Stages of Liver Fibrosis

Nov. 23, 2015 — It is cost effective to give patients expensive new hepatitis C drugs much earlier than some insurers now pay for them. Researchers were surprised by these findings, since the drugs can cost up to ... read more

Platelets Promote the Liver's Regeneration Process Following Surgery

Nov. 23, 2015 — Certain platelet-derived growth factors are of major significance for the liver's regeneration processes. It has been shown that platelets can encourage the regrowth of liver tissue in patients ... read more

Diabetes Drug Could Be Used to Combat Fatty Liver Disease, Research Shows

Nov. 19, 2015 — Findings from a new study present the possibility of new therapies for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, for which there is no current licensed treatment. The trial was the first of ... read more

British Hospitals Face Serious Shortage of Liver Specialists

Nov. 19, 2015 — Fewer than one in three hospitals employ a full-time doctor who specializes in liver medicine, according to a survey of 144 hospitals in the UK. The results suggest that staffing levels for liver ... read more

Hepatitis C Treatment Made Easy

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new drug combination may simplify hepatitis C treatment for both patients and physicians, suggests a new study. The once-daily sofosbuvir-velpatasvir pill aims to simplify treatment for the ... read more

Sex Reassignment Surgery May Be Better for Transgender Women’s Health Than Hormones Only

Nov. 18, 2015 — Transgender women may be at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes compared with men and women in the general population. New research finds that transgender women who ... read more

Potential Treatment Approach for Glycogen Storage Disease

Nov. 18, 2015 — A potential treatment strategy for an often-fatal inherited glycogen storage disease has been identified by researchers. Patients with the disorder lack the enzyme that enables their livers to ... read more

Nearly Half of Hepatitis C Patients on Medicaid Denied Coverage for Life-Saving Drugs

Nov. 16, 2015 — Nearly 50 percent of Medicaid patients infected with chronic hepatitis C whose doctors had prescribed newer, life-saving antiviral drugs were denied coverage to the therapies because they ... read more

One-Step Test for Hepatitis C Virus Infection Developed

Nov. 14, 2015 — A cost-effective one-step test that screens, detects and confirms hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections has been developed by researchers. Current blood-based HCV testing requires two steps and can be ... read more

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