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Doctors Fret as Firm Stops Making Cancer Drug Pump
The Codman pump is implanted in the abdomen and sends high doses of chemotherapy directly into the liver for cancer that has spread there, typically from colorectal tumors, The New York Times reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA OKs Tolvaptan for Rapidly Progressing Rare Kidney Disease FDA OKs Tolvaptan for Rapidly Progressing Rare Kidney Disease
Because of the risks for serious liver injury, tolvaptan is available only through a restricted distribution program supported by a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy program approved by the FDA.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Alert Source Type: news

BMI Trajectories in Young Adults Predict NAFLD in Middle Age BMI Trajectories in Young Adults Predict NAFLD in Middle Age
Might strategies for weight maintenance through young adulthood be more successful at preventing NAFLD than weight loss later in life?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Metastatic cancer gorges on fructose in the liver
(Duke University) Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated that metastatic cancer cells can reprogram their metabolism to thrive in new organs. Cells originating from colorectal cancer change their dietary habits to capitalize on the high levels of fructose often found in the liver. The finding offers both general and specific insights into new ways of fighting metastatic cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 26, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Hepatitis C - It's about More than Liver Disease
May 2, 2018 1:00-2:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

SuperSonic launches Mach 30 ultrasound scanner
Ultrasound technology developer SuperSonic Imagine has launched a new ultrasound...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Verasonics sues SuperSonic Imagine SuperSonic to feature Aixplorer Ultimate at ECR FDA clears SuperSonic's Aixplorer for liver disease SuperSonic unveils Aixplorer Ultimate SuperSonic features Aixplorer updates at ECR 2017 (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could this vitamin A derivative cure liver cancer?
Researchers reveal how a compound called acyclic retinoid, which is a synthetic form of vitamin A, can target and destroy liver cancer stem cells. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer / Oncology Source Type: news

Heavy Drinking Doesn't Worsen Drug-Induced Liver Injury (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Anabolic steroids linked with DILI in heavy alcohol consumers (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - April 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

App launched to ‘support and educate’ patients with liver cancer
A new free-to-download liver cancer information smartphone application, or app, has been launched for patients with the support of hepato-pancreato-biliary specialist nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Oxidative stress makes difference between metabolically abnormal and healthy obesities
(Osaka University) Scientists at Osaka University clarified that deletion of adipose oxidative stress (Fat ROS) decreased lipid accumulation in the liver, clinically improving insulin resistance and inducing metabolically healthy obesity. In fact, Fat ROS suppressed lipid accumulation and increased ectopic lipid accumulation in the liver, worsening insulin resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Boy, 7, is one of the youngest patients in Britain to have five organ transplants
Jay Crouch, seven, from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, received two new kidneys, a liver, a small intestine and a pancreas from a single donor. He spent four weeks in hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy is one of the youngest patients to have five organ transplants
Jay Crouch, seven, from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, received two new kidneys, a liver, a small intestine and a pancreas from a single donor. He spent four weeks in hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cat who developed cancer is purring again after taking cannabis oil
His owner Jacek Matusiak, 35, from Burton, said: 'Putting him to sleep was imminent. He had two strokes, an enlarged liver, significant weight loss and tumour growth to the front paw pad.' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CBCT-guided radiotherapy shows promise for HCC
A novel radiotherapy technique using conebeam CT (CBCT) shows promise as a...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Adding blood test to US improves liver cancer diagnosis Contrast US clears up indeterminate HCC cases on MRI US surveillance of HCC subject to image quality issues HCC screening boosts survival rate in cirrhosis patients Dual-tracer PET/CT helps pick patients for liver transplant (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 24, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

A cat, who developed cancer, is purring again after taking cannabis oil
His owner Jacek Matusiak, 35, from Burton, said: 'Putting him to sleep was imminent. He had two strokes, an enlarged liver, significant weight loss and tumour growth to the front paw pad.' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PPI Use and Mortality in Those With Pyogenic Liver Abscess PPI Use and Mortality in Those With Pyogenic Liver Abscess
A new study examines the impact of PPI treatment on mortality among patients with pyogenic liver abscess.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

How colorectal cancer cells spread to the liver
(Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) A new study by Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) researchers helps explain the connection between a tumor suppressor called protein kinase C zeta (PKC zeta) and metastatic colorectal cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 24, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Radiotherapy offers new treatment option for liver cancer
(Radiological Society of North America) A novel technique that delivers high doses of radiation to tumors while sparing the surrounding normal tissue shows promise as a curative treatment option for patients with early-stage liver cancer, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 24, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Late Diagnosis: Cause of Poorer Survival in Alcohol-Related Liver Cancer?
Patients with alcohol-related HCC had worse OS than other HCC patients, mainly due to poorer liver function and more unfavorable tumor characteristics at diagnosis. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 23, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Anne Landry Tags: Liver, Gallbladder, and Biliary Tract Cancers News Source Type: news

Factors ID'd to Predict Fatty Liver in Obese Teens
MONDAY, April 23, 2018 -- Ethnicity/race, markers of insulin resistance, and genetic factors might help identify obese youth at risk for developing fatty liver, according to a study published online April 17 in Hepatology. Domenico Tric ò, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NCCN: Screen for Liver Cancer in Patients at Risk NCCN: Screen for Liver Cancer in Patients at Risk
Hepatocellular carcinoma is a'bad actor'with a growing death toll in the United States and Europe; when possible, patients with risk factors should be screened.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Herb-induced liver injuries in developing nations: an update - Amadi CN, Orisakwe OE.
The last few decades have seen a rise in the use of herbal supplements, natural products, and traditional medicines. However, there are growing concerns related to the safety and toxicities of these medicines. These herbal medicines are associated with com... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Systems toxicology approach to identifying paracetamol overdose - Mason CL, Leedale J, Tasoulis S, Jarman I, Antoine DJ, Webb SD.
Paracetamol (acetaminophen (APAP)) is one of the most commonly used analgesics in the United Kingdom and the United States. However, exceeding the maximum recommended dose can cause serious liver injury and even death. Promising APAP toxicity biomarkers ar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Boy recovering well after five-organ transplant
Jay Crouch has two new kidneys, a liver, pancreas and small bowel and is learning how to eat. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin A derivative selectively kills liver cancer stem cells
(RIKEN) Acyclic retinoid, an artificial compound derived from vitamin A, has been found to prevent the recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. Now, in research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have discovered that the compound targets one class of cancer stem cells, preventing them from giving rise to new tumors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 23, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

New leads in the development and treatment of liver disease
(Experimental Biology 2018) A treatment gap remains for many conditions involving damage to the liver, the body's main organ for removing toxins, among other functions. The Experimental Biology 2018 meeting (EB 2018) will feature important research announcements related to the causes of liver degradation and possible treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 21, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

You never know the life you save....become an organ donor!
The week of April 23-27 has been designated as National Pediatric Transplant Week.  This week is to bring attention to the great need for organ donations and to honor  donors and their families whose incredibly selfless gift has given someone the gift of life.While most of us will never experience the need for a transplant, there are many of us who know someone who has a debilitating condition such as kidney dialysis that are in need of a transplant.Right now there are almost 2,000 children on the national transplant list.  Those needing hearts, lungs, eyes, tissue, liver, kidney, or some other body part are...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 20, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Volunteer Opportunities Source Type: news

Experimental Drug Takes on Injury From Fatty Liver Experimental Drug Takes on Injury From Fatty Liver
An investigative human fibroblast growth factor 19 analog is in development to reduce markers of liver damage in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Viral Hepatitis Overview Video Viral Hepatitis Overview Video
The hepatitis virus invades liver cells and causes inflammation in the liver tissue. All of the types have slightly different presentations, symptoms and severity. Find out more in this video.Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students Commentary Source Type: news

Unlocking the Potential of AI For Fatty Liver Treatments
ReviveMed, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spinout, is using artificial intelligence (AI) to unlock the power of metabolomics to discover new therapies to treat diseases. Metabolomics is the large-scale study of small molecules like glucose or cholesterol produced by cellular activity. ReviveMed’s platform could help pharmaceutical companies redesign existing drugs or develop new drugs to help patients suffering from disease. The Cambridge, MA-based company recently raised funding to help further develop its AI solution, closing an oversubscribed seed round of $1.5 million. Rivas Capital led the round, ...
Source: MDDI - April 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Software Source Type: news

Gut Bacteria Tx Holds Promise for Alcoholic Liver Disease (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Akkermansia muciniphila supplementation may become a new therapeutic option (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 19, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

UCLA study reports nearly 1 in 3 California kids have a sugary drink daily
This study shows that children are still drinking too much sugar. In order to keep our kids healthy and our chronic disease rates and costs from skyrocketing, we need to reverse this trend,” said Flojaune Cofer, state policy director atPublic Health Advocates,  a California-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing policy solutions to emerging health issues. “The problem is especially severe among low-income communities, heightening the need for local and state policymakers to redouble efforts to protect these communities.”According toprevious research by Babey, one in three young adults in California ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Will ultrasound and AI become the tricorder of the future?
Artificial intelligence (AI) will soon bring many benefits to point-of-care...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Education is needed to harness power of AI in radiology POCUS helps handle out-of-hospital cardiac arrest AIUM: VA lags behind in use of point-of-care ultrasound AIUM: Can deep learning classify liver fibrosis on US? Point-of-care ultrasound helps find fluid (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

NVIDIA partners with Canon on deep learning for imaging
Graphics processing unit developer NVIDIA is partnering with Canon Medical...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: NVIDIA aims to bring imaging AI to the people with Clara FDA OKs Canon's Aquilion Precision CT scanner NVIDIA launches Clara GPU virtualization project at GTC 2018 Subtle Medical wins NVIDIA Inception Award Canon wins FDA clearance for Aplio i600 scanner Canon scores FDA OK for US liver assessment tools (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

OBV/PTV/r+DSV+RBV in Patients With HCV Cirrhosis OBV/PTV/r+DSV+RBV in Patients With HCV Cirrhosis
Does real-life data confirm the results of clinical trials regarding the efficacy and safety profile of this DAA regimen in patients with HCV infection and cirrhosis?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Liver transplants are better all around when you hold the ice
To preserve more livers for transplant patients who desperately need them, surgeons should take newly harvested organs out of their ice baths and immerse them instead in a warm, nutrient-rich soup, new research suggests.In a head-to-head comparison of the two methods, preserving donor livers in... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Thousands of donated livers could be saved by warming them
The new technology from the University of Oxford that acts as life support for the liver could increase the number of transplants for the more than 115,00 people in the US on the waiting list. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transplant news: Machine could keep liver 'alive' outside the body for 24 hours
A MACHINE which keeps a liver "alive" outside the body for up to 24 hours before a transplant could have a "transformative effect" on organ waiting lists, scientists have said. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Green tea supplements may cause liver damage
Taking more than 800mg of green tea catechins each day may pose health concerns, according to The European Food Safety Authority. It called for further scientific trials into green tea extracts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How healthy is too healthy? EU warns about green tea supplements
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Taking high doses of supplements containing green tea extracts may be associated with liver damage, according to new research from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Many European countries are not ready to stop viral hepatitis
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Many European countries lack a comprehensive policy to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat, according to a patient group-based survey implemented in 25 countries. The Hep-CORE study was coordinated by ISGlobal -- an institution supported by the 'la Caixa' Foundation -- and led by the European Liver Patient's Association. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Transplanted livers help body defend against organ rejection, Mayo Clinic study finds
(Mayo Clinic) When patients undergo a dual kidney-liver transplant, the liver has a protective effect on the kidney, the study found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Home Remedies: Herbal treatment for anxiety
Several herbal remedies have been studied as a treatment for anxiety, but more research is needed to understand the risks and benefits. Here's what we know ? and don't know: Kava. Kava appeared to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but reports of serious liver damage ? even with short-term use ? caused the Food [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Transplanted livers help body defend against organ rejection, Mayo Clinic study finds
ROCHESTER, Minn. ??Transplanted livers change the profile of blood cells in the recipients, reducing the potential for organ rejection, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings are published in Kidney International. For decades, transplant experts have observed that liver transplant recipients often need less anti-rejection medication, known as immunosuppressive drugs, than recipients of other solid organs. [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - April 18, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Poverty Harms Patients With Diabetes, Fatty Liver Poverty Harms Patients With Diabetes, Fatty Liver
When patients with diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease cannot consistently afford a healthy diet, the risk for advanced hepatic fibrosis is elevated, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Marijuana-Based Medicine To Reduce Seizures Gets Positive FDA Review
WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday. British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn’t get users high — as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. If successful, the company’s liquid formula would be the first government-approved drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration’s ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Cannabidiol Epidiolex Local TV Marijuana Oil Source Type: news

Latest Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Combination Looks Promising
Scientists at the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at Massachusetts General Hospital have uncovered a novel, two-agent immunotherapy combination that worked surprisingly well in animal models with malignant mesothelioma. The discovery has sparked new optimism for immunotherapy, which has struggled to provide consistently positive results with aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma. “This is the beginning of a new story of hope, a new combination of immunotherapy,” Dr. Mark Poznansky, director of the VIC and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, told Asbestos.com. “It worked quite well in a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 17, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Liver Transplant in Patients With Alcoholic Liver Disease Liver Transplant in Patients With Alcoholic Liver Disease
Some transplant centers are reluctant to perform liver transplants in patients with alcoholic liver disease. Do these patients have worse outcomes than those transplanted for viral cirrhosis?Alcohol and Alcoholism (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Could statins ease deadly heart condition in rare neuromuscular disease?
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Decreased HDL and ApoA-l levels in the general population are associated with an increased risk of death from cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Researchers found the FA patients had serum ApoA-I levels lower than healthy control subjects. In preclinical studies using cell models that mimicked liver cells of patients with the rare disease Friedreich's ataxia (FA), a widely used cholesterol-lowering drug increased a precursor of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the " good cholesterol. " (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gains from online lifestyle intervention similar to group program ’s for liver disease patients
In a cohort of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an online lifestyle modification-focused intervention was similarly effective to a group-based program in achieving weight loss and liver enzyme normalization, according to data from an Italian study recently presented at The International Liver Congress in Paris. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news