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2011-09-27 14:57:59

Study shows rates of mortality similar in NAFLD and HCV infection Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis have a lower incidence of liver-related complications and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) than patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to the prospective study published in the October issue of Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Patients with both NAFLD and HCV had...

2011-06-14 21:15:19

Non-invasive tests for liver fibrosis, such as liver stiffness measurement or the FibroTest, can predict survival of patients with chronic hepatitis C, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "Liver stiffness measurement and/or the FibroTest could replace liver biopsy for the evaluation of hepatitis C, regardless of the stage of the disease," said Victor de L©dinghen, MD, PhD, of the Centre d'...

2011-04-22 07:00:00

PARIS, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the occasion of the 46th Congress of the European Association for the Study of the Liver, the VCTE(TM) (Vibration Controlled Transient Elastography) from Echosens stood out as a leading technique in the field. It is the only technique able to measure elasticity at a predetermined, controlled frequency (50 Hz), which is essential because elasticity increases as frequency increases. Today, liver elasticity is recognized as an indicator of liver...

2011-03-29 06:00:00

NEW YORK, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has been informed by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health that patient enrollment has started in a new clinical trial in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which will evaluate Intercept's first-in-class farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist obeticholic acid (OCA) as a novel therapy for NASH. The FXR Ligand NASH Treatment (FLINT)...

2011-01-31 14:06:25

Iron overload is a common and serious problem in thalassemic major patients. As iron accumulation is toxic in the body's tissues, accurate estimation of iron stores is of great importance in these patients to prevent iron overload by an appropriate iron chelating therapy. Liver biopsy is the gold standard for evaluating iron stores but it is an invasive method which is not easily repeatable in patients. Introduction of other more applicable methods seems to be necessary. A research article...

2010-08-25 01:57:21

    * While diagnostic and treatment options for chronic liver disease are numerous, their effectiveness is unclear.    * New findings show that patients hospitalized with alcoholic liver disease have an increased mortality risk compared to patients with non-alcoholic liver disease.    * This indicates that alcoholic liver disease is more aggressive than other chronic liver diseases. Many diagnostic and treatment options have been developed for...

2010-06-14 23:43:00

SINGAPORE, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Physicians expect the rate of diagnosis to continue rising in Australia due to heightening of awareness among general practitioners regarding screening and treatment for Hepatitis C. Screening of Hepatitis C patients in Australia, especially among illicit drug users, has resulted in a spike in the number of diagnosed cases of Hepatitis C virus (HCV). In 2009, an estimated 77 percent of patients-at-risk with Hepatitis C were diagnosed, and this figure is...

2010-04-12 11:00:09

Palpation continues to be of great value in modern medicine, both practiced by doctors and as a technique for self-examination. However, palpation is limited to a few accessible organs, and the interpretation of the information sensed by the fingers is highly subjective. Recently, elastography has emerged as an option in several commercial ultrasound systems, and is starting to prove clinically valuable in many areas. Elasticity measurements have been reported to be useful for the diagnosis...

2010-04-08 12:50:18

As a result of the rarity of Wilson disease (WD) and the fact that liver biopsy is not performed routinely during follow-up, unless clinically indicated, the progression and timing of the liver pathology and its correlation with different anti-copper treatments or aminotransferase levels are poorly characterized. Previous studies have demonstrated the possibility of improvement of steatosis and inflammation grade, and of fibrosis stage during long-term follow-up. However, studies on serial...

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...