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2011-03-30 05:03:00

OSAKA, Japan and NEW YORK, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co, Ltd. (DSP) and Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Intercept) today announced that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for the development and commercialization of Intercept's first-in-class FXR agonist obeticholic acid (OCA, also known as INT-747). DSP will advance OCA in Japan and China for the treatment of chronic liver diseases, with an initial focus on primary biliary cirrhosis...

2011-03-14 13:49:26

Study finds 15 new genetic signposts for primary biliary cirrhosis Researchers have provided new clues into the genetics underlying a chronic form of liver disease, called primary biliary cirrhosis, which can lead to transplant surgery for patients. The new study identifies 15 genetic regions that affect a person's risk of developing the disease, more than trebling the number of known genetic regions, which now stands at 22. The study was based on the genomes of 2,500 patients with primary...

2011-03-01 07:07:00

PARIS, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) announced today that BARACLUDE(R) (entecavir) has been approved by the European Commission on February 28th 2011 to treat chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in adult patients with evidence of decompensated liver disease. BARACLUDE(r) was already approved in Europe in June 2006 for use in adult patients with CHB with compensated liver disease and evidence of active viral replication, persistently elevated serum...

2011-01-07 00:00:48

As Americans have gotten fatter, so have their livers, and some hearts may suffer as a result. Boston, MA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 06, 2011 Up to 20% of American adults have some degree of fatty liver disease, a condition that used to occur almost exclusively in people who drink too much alcohol. The increase can be blamed on the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes, reports the January 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter. One leading theory is that the condition starts when muscle,...

2010-11-25 02:00:00

LEEDS, England, Nov. 25, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing groups of the so-called "worried well" are putting their lives at risk by shunning visits to their GP over alcoholic health related matters, according to new evidence. The study, which appears in Hepatology, based its findings on 1039 UK subjects (561 female/478 male) who took a LiverCheck home liver function test and showed that 73% would not consider going to their GP concerning their liver health, revealing the extent to which...

2010-11-01 21:14:32

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (http://www.cdc.gov/) rank mortality related to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis as the 12th most common cause of death in adults in the U.S. Using a modified definition that includes diseases such as viral hepatitis, liver cancer (http://www.mayoclinic.org/liver-cancer/) and obesity-related fatty liver disease (liver diseases)(http://www.mayoclinic.org/liver-disease/), Mayo Clinic-led researchers have found that...

2010-10-29 19:17:57

Early Saint Louis University research explores curative power of curcumin Curcumin, a chemical that gives curry its zing, holds promise in preventing or treating liver damage from an advanced form of a condition known as fatty liver disease, new Saint Louis University research suggests. Curcurmin is contained in turmeric, a plant used by the Chinese to make traditional medicines for thousands of years. SLU's recent study highlights its potential in countering an increasingly common kind of...

2010-09-20 15:44:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Liver Meeting® is the premier meeting in the science and practice of hepatology, including the latest findings on new drugs, novel treatments, and the results from pilot and multicenter studies. Approximately 10 percent of Americans have some form of liver disease, and the diseases strike disproportionately among certain populations but mostly regardless of lifestyle choices. There are now numerous treatments for both...

2010-08-26 12:21:06

Research paves way for new liver disease research and possibly cell-based therapy By creating diseased liver cells from a small sample of human skin, scientists have for the first time shown that stem cells can be used to model a diverse range of inherited disorders. The University of Cambridge researchers' findings, which will hopefully lead to new treatments for those suffering from liver diseases, were published today in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Because liver cells...

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...