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Ridding U.S. of Hepatitis B, C as 'Public Health Problem' Possible: Experts

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – Experts say there's real hope in someday ridding the United States of the "public health problem" of hepatitis B and C infection. The two viral strains cause serious, often fatal, liver disease for tens of thousands of Americans each year. The comprehensive new report is from a panel of experts at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. They believe that the advent of a powerful new vaccine and medicines could help drastically lower hepatitis B and C rates across the country. Still, to reach that goal will take time and considerable resources, the report said. "Ending illness and deaths from hepatitis C depends on both stopping the disease's progression in its early stages and reversing the course of advanced disease," the committee said in a news release. According to the report, between 700,000 and 1.4 million Americans have ... Read more

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More People Surviving Sudden Liver Failure

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – The chances of surviving acute liver failure have improved significantly over the past 16 years, a new study finds. In fact, 21-day patient survival increased from about 59 percent in 1998 to 75 percent in 2013, researchers found. Better diagnosis and treatment may account for this advance, they said. "Overall survival and transplant-free survival have improved, while the number of patients requiring transplantation has declined," said lead researcher Dr. William Lee, a liver specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Acute liver failure, though rare, affects young people and is often fatal, he said. "It involves the rapid destruction of liver cells by either drugs or viruses, such as hepatitis A or B, resulting in loss of consciousness and failure of multiple organ systems," Lee said. The main cause of acute liver failure in ... Read more

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U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Overall rates of cancer and deaths from cancer in the United States continue to decline, a newly released report says. However, an increase in liver cancer deaths is cause for concern, the report authors noted. An increase in hepatitis C infections is likely a major reason for the increase, they said. "The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a news release from the organizations that issued the report. "But the growing burden of liver cancer is troublesome. We need to do more work promoting hepatitis testing, treatment, and vaccination," Frieden added. The Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer is released each year by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer ... Read more

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Many Donor Livers for Sickest Patients Rejected, Study Finds

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – It's common for transplant centers to reject donor livers for the sickest patients on the transplant waiting list, a new study suggests. That means those patients have a higher risk of death while they wait for a lifesaving transplant, the researchers found. The new study reviewed 23,000 donor liver offers to 13,255 U.S. patients on the liver transplant waiting list between May 2007 and June 2013. It found that only 37 percent of the organ offers were accepted for the sickest patients on the list. "We found that not only is there a wide variation in acceptance rates for donor organs among transplant centers, these variations directly correlated with whether the sickest patients would die waiting for a lifesaving transplant, with patients 27 percent more likely to die without a transplant for every 5 percent decrease in a center's adjusted organ offer acceptance ... Read more

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Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – A largely unnoticed "epidemic" is killing white, middle-aged Americans in growing numbers, a new analysis reveals. Princeton University researchers report that the overall death rate of white adults in midlife has risen sharply over the past 15 years, largely because of drug and alcohol overdoses, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver. The tally is on par with the nation's AIDS deaths, they added. "We sort of fell off our chairs when we saw that in the data, because that's just not what's happening elsewhere," said study author Anne Case, a professor of economics and public affairs. No other industrialized nation has experienced a similar deterioration in health during the timeframe studied – 1999 to 2013, the researchers said in background notes. Meanwhile, death rates of U.S. Hispanics and blacks continue to plummet. Results of the ... Read more

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Tough Alcohol Policies Linked to Lower Death Rates From Liver Damage

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – States with strong alcohol control policies have lower death rates connected to alcohol-related liver damage, a new study finds. Researchers gave states scores based on their alcohol control policies, such as taxes, retail price restrictions and hours-of-sale limits. The stronger the policies, the higher the score. A 10-point increase in the score was associated with 9 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among all women, the investigators found. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. When American Indian/Alaska Natives were not included, a 10-point increase in a state's alcohol policy score was associated with 11 percent fewer deaths in both sexes, and 18 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among women alone, the findings showed. The strongest link between alcohol policies and alcoholic cirrhosis death rates was in the ... Read more

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Liver Damage From Hepatitis C More Widespread Than Thought

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Severe liver damage may be four times more common among Americans with the liver infection hepatitis C than previously believed, a new study suggests. Analyzing nearly 9,800 patients with hepatitis C, researchers learned that using a biopsy alone to reveal liver cirrhosis – indicating scarring in the organ – is likely to seriously underestimate its prevalence. The recent emergence of medications that can cure hepatitis C, a "silent killer" that often goes undetected until advanced disease sets in years later, adds weight to the new findings, doctors said. "We thought it would be important to provide the health care community with some estimate as to the severity of liver disease among patients with hepatitis C because it's a question that comes up very frequently: Just how sick is this community?" said study author Dr. Stuart Gordon, director of hepatology ... Read more

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U.S. Hispanics Face Unique Health Challenges, CDC Says

Posted 5 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – Hispanics in the United States carry very different health risks than whites and face a tougher time getting needed medical care, according to a new federal report. Similar to whites, the two leading causes of death among Hispanics are heart disease and cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in its first national study of Hispanic health issues. But Hispanics are much more likely than whites to die from diabetes, homicide, or chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, the CDC researchers found. They also are more likely to be obese. The good news is that Hispanics have an overall 24 percent lower death rate than whites, as well as lower death rates for nine of the 15 leading causes of death. These include cancer, heart disease, injuries, stroke, respiratory disease, Alzheimer's disease and suicide. This phenomenon is known as the "Hispanic ... Read more

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Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns

Posted 27 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 – Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found. It's generally believed that overall alcohol consumption is the major contributor to cirrhosis. But these new findings suggest that how often you pour yourself a cocktail or beer – as well as recent drinking – plays a significant role, the researchers said. Cirrhosis, scarring of the liver, is the final phase of alcoholic liver disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. In men, drinking every day raised the risk for cirrhosis more than less frequent drinking. And recent drinking, not lifetime alcohol consumption, was the strongest predictor of alcohol-related cirrhosis, the researchers reported online Jan. 26 in the Journal of Hepatology. "For the first time, our study points to a risk difference between drinking daily and drinking five or six days a ... Read more

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Could Coffee Lower Death Risk From Liver Cirrhosis?

Posted 3 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 – Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of death from certain types of liver cirrhosis, a large new study suggests. The study included more than 63,000 Chinese people, aged 45 to 74, living in Singapore. Starting in 1993, they provided information about their diet, lifestyle habits and medical history, and were followed for an average of nearly 15 years. During that time, 114 of the study participants died from liver cirrhosis. Drinking two or more cups of coffee a day was associated with a 66 percent lower risk of death from liver cirrhosis caused by non-viral hepatitis, according to the study published online recently in the journal Hepatology. While viruses are responsible for most cases of hepatitis, it can also develop due to alcohol and drug abuse, or when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy liver cells, according to the U.S National Institutes of ... Read more

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Better Rx for Cirrhosis-Linked Bleeding

Posted 23 Jun 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 23 – Patients with cirrhosis of the liver who suffer acute variceal bleeding have improved chances for survival if a shunt is used earlier rather than later, a new study finds. Variceal bleeding occurs when the pressure in the portal vein – the large vein that feeds the liver – becomes too high and causes bleeding in the surrounding vessels. It is a common complication of cirrhosis, where the liver is damaged. The standard treatment for most patients is to give them drugs to lower the blood pressure and put bands around the bleeding vessels to control the bleeding. "The early use of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) with covered stents improves survival of those patients with cirrhosis in whom the use of the current recommended therapy of acute variceal bleeding has a high probability of failure," said lead researcher Dr. Juan Carlos Garcia-Pagan, ... Read more

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