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Teen Drinking Ups Risk for Liver Diseases Later

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report. "Our study showed that how much you drink in your late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life," said lead investigator Dr. Hannes Hagstrom, with the Center for Digestive Diseases and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The finding ...

Lack of Awareness May Spur Spread of Hep C

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – Only about half of people in the United States with hepatitis C know they have the curable disease, new data shows. That lack of awareness contributes to increasing rates of hepatitis C infection and means the country is unlikely to meet its own or World Health Organization target dates for eliminating the disease, researchers said. Hepatitis C can cause liver disease, ...

Hepatitis C Screening May Boost Opioid Treatment Success

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Opioid abuse therapy may be more effective if patients are screened for hepatitis C as part of the program, a new Canadian study says. The research found a sharp drop in opioid abuse among patients after they were told they tested positive for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C causes liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer and ...

Cirrhosis Could Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Cirrhosis – a stiffening of liver tissue that's often tied to excessive drinking of alcohol – may also raise an older person's odds for a stroke, a new study suggests. "In a nationally representative sample of elderly patients with vascular risk factors, cirrhosis was associated with an increased risk of stroke, particularly hemorrhagic stroke," wrote a team led by Dr. ...

Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Overweight and obese young men are at increased risk for serious liver disease or liver cancer later in life, and those with diabetes have an even higher risk, a new study warns. Efforts to reduce obesity, "should be implemented from an early age to reduce the future burden of severe liver disease on individuals and society," say Swedish researchers led by Hannes ...

Even One High-Fat Meal Can Harm Your Liver, Study Finds

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Eating a high-fat meal – say, a cheeseburger and fries or a pepperoni pizza – disrupts liver function, a new, small study reveals. Researchers found that the high levels of saturated fat found in such rich foods immediately alter the work of the liver, possibly setting the body up for serious disease down the line. "The effects mimic the abnormalities seen in people ...

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

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by

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 ...

More People Surviving Sudden Liver Failure

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by

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 ...

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

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 ...

Many Donor Livers for Sickest Patients Rejected, Study Finds

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by

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 ...

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

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

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 ...

Tough Alcohol Policies Linked to Lower Death Rates From Liver Damage

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

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 ...

Liver Damage From Hepatitis C More Widespread Than Thought

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by

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 ...

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

Posted 5 May 2015 by

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. ...

Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns

Posted 27 Jan 2015 by

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 ...

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