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2010-07-21 12:09:17

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. Fatty liver is one of the most frequent liver diseases and it is promoted by obesity and diabetes. Up to now, fat determination in the liver involved histology (study of liver tissues), and four severity degrees were subjectively...

2010-07-08 14:03:45

Liver damage is common in patients with tumor following chemotherapy. Although early liver damage causes no symptoms and is reversible in most patients, it occasionally progresses to more severe liver impairment, which may be irreversible, it is thus necessary to demonstrate the presence and severity of drug-related parenchymal changes. At present, the liver function test [alanine aminotransferase (ALT)] is the main index in diagnosis of drug-induced hepatic damage. However, the ALT value is...

2010-05-02 08:51:29

NIH-funded, NEJM study is largest ever to look at nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, an obesity-related condition Vitamin E has been shown effective in treating nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an obesity-associated chronic liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death. NASH also is related to or a part of type 2 diabetes, lipid disorders and cardiovascular disease. The often asymptomatic condition affects 2 to 5 percent of Americans, although an additional 10 to 20 percent...

2010-04-27 14:07:44

Modifying risk factors essential in controlling liver disease progression Recent studies suggest that modifiable risk factors such as cigarette smoking and fructose consumption can worsen nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). With NAFLD, fat accumulates in the liver of overweight individuals despite drinking little alcohol, causing in some cases liver scarring that can lead to liver failure. Identifying modifiable factors that contribute to disease severity and progression is essential in...

2010-04-16 13:55:44

Encouraging results in 1 male subgroup may guide future clinical practice Vienna, Austria, Friday 16 April: Results of a German study presented today at the International Liver CongressTM 2010, the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Liver in Vienna, Austria, have shown that overall, treatment with high dose (23-28mg/kg/d) ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is no more effective than placebo in the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the most advanced form of...

2010-04-12 09:15:27

Children with more body fat and less endurance than their fitter, leaner counterparts have stiffer arteries at a young age, Medical College of Georgia researchers said. Stiff arteries are a hallmark of atherosclerosis, a typically adult condition in which blood vessels become clogged. "When children at such a young age start getting diseases only adults used to get, it's like the sky is falling," said Dr. Catherine L. Davis, clinical health psychologist in MCG's Georgia Prevention Institute...

2010-04-01 13:22:46

New research led by physician-scientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows that the test most commonly used to screen pediatric patients for chronic liver disease is often incorrectly interpreted in many children's hospitals throughout the United States. The SAFETY study (Screening ALT For Elevation in Today's Youth) will be published in the April issue of Gastroenterology and is available online now at www.gastrojournal.org. Currently, screening for chronic...

2010-01-27 10:55:36

NAFLD and NASH patients at greater risk of death than the general population Researchers from the Karolinska Institute determined that patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have a higher overall mortality rate compared with the general population. Details of this study are available in the February issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. While NAFLD is the most common cause of elevated...

2010-01-27 10:51:34

Sonic detection of liver stiffness emerges as a useful screening and prognostic test Researchers from France and Hong Kong determined that transient elastography (TE), a noninvasive, ultrasonic imaging modality, can be accurately performed in the majority of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to exclude advanced fibrosis. Full findings of this study, funded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, appear in the February issue of Hepatology, a journal published by...

2009-11-25 14:23:09

Findings suggest patients with nonalcoholic liver disease are candidates for transplants, but are at increased risk for metabolic syndrome complications Researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine compared the outcomes of cirrhotic patients who underwent liver transplants for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) versus alcoholic liver disease (ETOH) and found no statistically significant differences in post-transplant survival rates between the NASH and ETOH groups. Study...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.