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May 5, 2016

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May 5, 2016

Biological 'Good Guy' Has a Dark Side, Researchers Find

May 4, 2016 — A pair of scientists has discovered that an enzyme previously thought only to be beneficial could, in fact, pose significant danger to developing embryos. The new research could have implications not ... read more

Low-Cost Generic Direct-Acting Antiviral Treatment for Hep C Is Equivalent to Branded Formulations

Apr. 16, 2016 — New data demonstrates that generic direct-acting antivirals are as effective and safe as branded treatments to cure hepatitis ... read more

Investigational Treatment Provides Hope for Some Chronic Liver Disease Sufferers

Apr. 16, 2016 — A new study provides hope for a new treatment in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare condition characterized by inflammation and scarring in the bile ducts of the liver and for which ... read more

Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis B Linked to Increased Rates of Colorectal and Cervical Cancer

Apr. 15, 2016 — A new study demonstrates a potential link between treatment of long-term oral nucleos(t)ide analogues and an increased risk of colorectal (p=0.029) and cervical (p=0.049) cancer in patients with ... read more

Antiviral Therapy Prolongs Survival in Immune Tolerant Hepatitis B Patients

Apr. 15, 2016 — A new study demonstrates that the use of antiviral therapy for patients in the immune tolerant phase of hepatitis B (HBV) prolongs overall survival and reduces the risk of the most common form of ... read more

Additional Benefits of Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Found for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Patients

Apr. 15, 2016 — A type 2 diabetes treatment has been found to also have 'off-label' benefits for glucose control in the liver and in fatty cells known as adipose. The study shows that exenatide, a ... read more

Study Demonstrates Benefits of Existing Treatment for Hepatitis D Patients

Apr. 15, 2016 — New research shows that interferon alpha based therapies are effective in suppressing disease progression in a severe form of chronic viral hepatitis, hepatitis ... read more

New Treatment Algorithm Can Predict Benefit of Treatment in End-Stage Liver Disease

Apr. 15, 2016 — A new algorithm designed to help physician decision-making in End-Stage Liver Disease (ESLD), was able to accurately predict death in 96 percent of patients with ... read more

High Rate of Early Cancer Recurrence Following Direct-Acting Antiviral Treatment for Hep C Virus

Apr. 14, 2016 — A new study has shown that patients with a prior history of hepatocellular carcinoma and who have been treated with direct-acting antivirals for Hepatitis C infection have a higher than expected ... read more

Hep C Infected Livers Offer Similar Outcomes to Healthy Livers in Those Waiting for Liver Transplant

Apr. 14, 2016 — People with hepatitis C waiting for a liver transplant could receive livers infected with hepatitis C virus or healthy livers and have similar ... read more

Treating Patients for Hepatitis C Could Reduce the Need for Liver Transplants

Apr. 14, 2016 — A new study demonstrates that patients on the liver transplant list with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and severe liver damage were more likely to be taken off the list or have their need of a liver ... read more

20-Year Survival Expected for 4 out of 5 Children Who Receive Liver Transplants

Apr. 14, 2016 — A new study shows that 20-year survival after childhood liver transplantation can be expected for almost 80 percent of patients. The study shares long-term outcome data from medical records of ... read more

New Triple Drug Combination Shows Promise in Hepatitis C Infected Patients

Apr. 14, 2016 — New data demonstrates a high sustained virologic response (SVR) at 12 weeks from the all-oral combination of sofosbuvir/velpatasvir and experimental compound GS-9857 in patients with the hepatitis C ... read more

Scoring System Can Predict Risk of Mortality in Patients With Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Apr. 14, 2016 — Researchers today demonstrated that a scoring system can predict a person's risk of death from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the world's most prevalent liver ... read more

Risks of Treating Patients With Late Stage Hep C Virus

Apr. 14, 2016 — New data raise the question of whether patients with severe hepatitis C virus (HCV) should be treated with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), given their high risk of short-term death at this ... read more

Hospitals Could Reduce Healthcare Burden of Alcohol Related Harm by Simple Routine Screening

Apr. 13, 2016 — The growing burden of alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) could be reduced if hospitals introduced a simple universal screening procedure for those attending acute and emergency hospital settings, ... read more

Increase in Coffee Consumption Could Provide Protective Effect in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Apr. 13, 2016 — Adding coffee to the diet of people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) could help reverse the condition, according to a new study conducted in mice ... read more

High Rate of Cancer Recurrence Found in Certain Hepatitis C Patients

Apr. 13, 2016 — Data from a new study show that patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) taking direct-acting antiviral treatments (DAAs), who have previously fought off hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common ... read more

Community-Based Treatment Providers Can Help Ease Pressure on Specialists in Battle Against Hep C

Apr. 13, 2016 — A new study demonstrates treatment for hepatitis C can be provided safely and effectively within a community-based and non-specialist setting. This illustrates the potential for alternative providers ... read more

Bottle-Fed Babies Born to Obese Mothers Risk Developing Dangerous Liver Disease as Teens

Apr. 13, 2016 — Data presented today demonstrates that healthy maternal Body Mass Index (BMI) and exclusively breastfeeding a child for at least six months can reduce the risk of infants developing non-alcoholic ... read more

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