Liver Proton Density Fat Fraction Drops After Bariatric Surgery
TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 -- The average liver proton density fat fraction (PDFF) normalizes by a mean of 22.5 weeks after bariatric surgery, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Radiology. B. Dustin Pooler, M.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Split liver transplants could safely help sickest children
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a review of registry data for more than 5,300 liver transplants performed in children nationwide, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers identify the type of patient who is most likely to survive a split liver transplant -- receiving only part of a donor's liver -- with no additional long-term health risks, which could allow for an increase in the availability of organs. A report on the new study is published in the December issue of the journal Liver Transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chicory can protect the liver from drug-induced damage
(Natural News) Liver diseases — including cirrhosis — is a leading cause of death and disability today. One way to protect your liver naturally is to take chicory (Cichorium intybus L.), a flowering plant that belongs to the dandelion family, which has been found to possess hepatoprotective properties. In a study published in the Journal of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yellow Fever – Kingdom of the Netherlands
On 22 November 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed by Dutch authorities of a laboratory-confirmed case of yellow fever. The case-patient is a 26 year-old male who visited Gambia from 3 through 17 November 2018, with a three day trip to Senegal from 12 through 14 November. He had no history of vaccination for yellow fever prior to the trip. On 18 November 2018, the case-patient developed symptoms including fever, nausea and vomiting. On19 November 2018 he was hospitalized with symptoms of acute liver failure and he is still in hospital as of 10 December. The International Health Regulations National Focal...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns
Kava kava is an herbal remedy that people use to relieve anxiety and promote sleep. However, there are concerns about its safety, as research suggests that it can cause serious liver damage. In this article, we will discuss the safety, uses, possible benefits, and best dosage of kava kava. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Paul R. Ortiz de Montellano elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Ortiz de Montellano gained renown for his work with cytochrome P450 enzymes, which help the liver metabolize drugs and other chemicals, and regulate hormone levels. (Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News)
Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News - December 17, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Grant Burningham Source Type: news

How Boston Scientific Reinvented Itself in 2018
When MD+DI editors were voting to see which medtech firm would be named 2018 Company of the Year, Boston Scientific immediately stood out. The Marlborough, MA-based company has had an incredible year. From deals, to a more open line of communication, to getting a troubled product back on track, the firm has been making extraordinary strides. The heart of the matter is that the medtech landscape is far different than it was 10 years ago. Boston Scientific’s rivals have grown exponentially due to mega-mergers. The nearly 40-year-old company now faces off against a combined might of Medtronic and Covidien, i...
Source: MDDI - December 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

New potential target to help treat diabetes
Research, published inDiabetes, suggests that the protein Foxo1 is an important part of the mechanism facilitating glucagon increasing liver glucose production, that could be a target to prevent diabetic hyperglycaemia.MedicalXpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 17, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Featured Review: Adverse events in people taking macrolide antibiotics versus placebo for any indication
The review 'Adverse events in people taking macrolide antibiotics'   asked, “Will people taking a macrolide antibiotic experience more adverse events than those treated with placebo?”Macrolide antibiotics are one of many types of antibiotic. They are commonly used to treat both acute and chronic infections. The four most commonly used macrolides are azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, and roxithromycin. People taking macrolide antibiotics are at risk of experiencing adverse events such as nausea, diarrhoea or rashes.Lead author of the review Malene Plejdrup Hansen explains, “This review was u...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

NAFLD Is Associated With Decreased Lung Function NAFLD Is Associated With Decreased Lung Function
This large-scale longitudinal study aimed to clarify the association of NAFLD and lung function.Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

The Asian water plantain is a natural remedy for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
(Natural News) Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is not a serious condition in itself, but its complications can be deadly. The extract of Asian water plantains (Alisma orientale) could be a potential treatment for the condition, according to a study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as it is able to not only reduce the amount of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EMA Panel Backs Lusutrombopag for Adults With Liver Disease EMA Panel Backs Lusutrombopag for Adults With Liver Disease
The thrombopoietin receptor agonist is for severe thrombocytopenia in adults with chronic liver disease who are scheduled to undergo an invasive procedure.International Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Alert Source Type: news

Hepatitis warning: Deadly virus spreading across UK - flu-like signs and symptoms revealed
HEPATITIS symptoms can be difficult to spot, and signs may develop as the virus infection damages the liver. These are the warning symptoms of hepatitis C to watch out for, after Public Health England urged people to get checked, as treatment can cure the infection. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Longer Breastfeeding Tied to Lower Risk of NAFLD Longer Breastfeeding Tied to Lower Risk of NAFLD
Mothers who breastfeed for six months or more may have less fat in their livers and a lower risk of liver disease, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Risk Factors Identified for Late Recurrence of Liver Cancer
THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 -- Late recurrence after hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) resection is associated with sex, cirrhosis, and several aggressive tumor characteristics of the initial HCC, according to a study recently published in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Taking milk thistle on a regular basis can protect you from COPD caused by secondhand smoke
(Natural News) Milk thistle is famous for its ability to protect the liver from damage. But did you know that it can also protect the lungs from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke? Multiple studies have shown that the regular intake of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) can significantly reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Longer breastfeeding tied to lower risk of liver disease
(Reuters Health) - - Mothers who breastfeed for six months or more may have less fat in their livers and a lower risk of liver disease, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Webinar Now Available Online: LactMed and Livertox
Do you want to locate information on drugs, dietary supplements, and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers might be exposed? Have you been asked to find information about drug induced liver injury caused by prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbals and dietary supplements? If you answered “yes” to one or both, this webinar is for you. We were fortunate to have James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA  and Philip O. Anderson, Pharm.D., FCSHP, FASHP as presenters to provide an in-depth tour of LactMed and Livertox. To view the webinar, please visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/wat...
Source: MCR News - December 12, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: #CC/Academic List #Health Interest List #Health Sciences List Source Type: news

RSNA 2018 Roundup: GE Healthcare
A new artificial intelligence platform called Edison, a new CT scanner platform,...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: GE partners with VA Puget Sound on 3D imaging New AI platform, CT scanner pace GE launches at RSNA 2018 GE completes gamma camera recall after detector issue Report: GE could sell bigger stake in healthcare division U.K., Perspectum, GE invest in liver software (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 12, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Ultrasound options abound for diagnosing liver disease
When it comes to ultrasound, radiologists have a number of options for effectively...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Elastography helps diagnose pediatric liver fibrosis Ultrasound identifies alcohol-induced liver disease Shear-wave elastography works to evaluate liver disease Steatosis complicates MR elastography for liver fibrosis AIUM: Can deep learning classify liver fibrosis on US? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 12, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Killing the liver-stage malaria parasite with baculovirus: a drug discovery approach
(Kanazawa University) Currently, few antimalarial treatments exist that effectively kill liver-stage malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, which can lay dormant for months or even years. Researchers at Kanazawa University have reported a new drug that could eliminate liver-stage malaria parasites completely. Using an insect virus, known as a baculovirus, the researchers investigated the ability of baculovirus to mediate innate immunity against malaria infection. This work could pave the way for developing new and more effective antimalarial treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

USC study examines disruption of circadian rhythm as risk factor for diseases
(University of Southern California) USC scientists report a time-keeping mechanism in liver cells that helps sustain key organ tasks can contribute to diseases when its natural rhythm is disrupted. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 11, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Calling the Shots?
The USA has the highest drug costs in the world, and they are increasing at the fastest rate too. With one in five Americans saying they have been forced to leave a prescription unfilled due to high costs, the situation is clearly unsustainable.Payers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), themselves facing increased criticism for blocking access to important medicines, are taking action by demanding that pharma companies justify the cost – and value – of their new medicines.“There is a point where a government, an employer or a healthcare plan has a finite amount of resources to spend,” says Brian H...
Source: EyeForPharma - December 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Osborne Source Type: news

Serum Testosterone and NAFLD in Men and Women in the US Serum Testosterone and NAFLD in Men and Women in the US
This study examined the relationship between total serum testosterone levels and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Might low levels be a risk factor for NAFLD?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Interplay between MicroRNAs and targeted genes in cellular homeostasis of adult zebrafish
The objective of study was to understand the damages induced by toxins in the liver and the intestine as well as the interplay between the miRNome and transcriptome baseline characterization in these tissues in healthy animals under cellular homeostasis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 10, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

The 5 things you need to do to prevent liver cancer
(Natural News) Are you overweight? Do you drink or smoke a lot? If you answered “yes” to some or all of these questions, you may be at risk of developing liver cancer. The best way to lower your risk of developing this type of cancer is by making some lifestyle changes. Here are five things... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Increasing the amount of protein in your diet may lower your risk for diabetes
(Natural News) According to a study, which was published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, consuming more protein can help reduce the liver’s fat content. Making this change to your diet may even help lower the risk of diabetes in individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). What is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)? NAFLD,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The effectiveness of non-operative treatment in high-grade liver and spleen injury in children - Karadeniz Cerit K, Ergelen R, Abdullayev T, Tu ğtepe H, Dağlı TE, Kiyan G.
BACKGROUND: Although a nonoperative treatment approach is preferred for blunt liver and spleen trauma in childhood, there are significant differences between clinics in the algorithms used. The approach to high-grade liver and spleen injury is still contro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Elevated hormone may help doctors spot rare liver condition
Researchers found that elevated levels of a specific hormone may indicate a rare liver condition, according to new research with mice. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mice experiments could bring doctors closer to accurate liver cancer diagnosis
New research into a hormone common in mice may lead to better liver cancer treatment in humans, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liver cancer symptoms: Eight signs you may not associate with the disease
LIVER cancer symptoms tend not to be noticeable until the disease has advanced. They can also be mistaken for less serious health conditions - there are eight symptoms you may not usually associate with the killer disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Local health clinic invests in cutting-edge technology
A local clinic invested big to bring cutting-edge health-care technology to the north Charlotte area. Northeast Digestive Health Center, a privately owned facility, purchased a FibroScan machine about a year ago and has since served more than 500 patients. FibroScan operates similarly to an ultrasound and is a non-invasive option to detect liver fibrosis, or the buildup of scar tissue on the liver . Northeast is the only independent clinic in the state that owns this kind of FibroScan machine,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

Silymarin is one of the best ways to support liver health
(Natural News) The liver, the largest organ in the body, is responsible for more than 300 crucial metabolic functions. This is why taking care of your liver is very important. One of the best ways to keep it healthy is to take silymarin supplements, according to a study in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Lavender essential oil protects the liver and kidneys
(Natural News) Volatile compounds give lavender its pleasant scent and healing properties. They can also protect the kidneys and liver from being harmed by oxidative stress from toxic chemicals. This led Tunisian researchers to test the essential oil of Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) for its hepaprotective and nephroprotective activity against malathion. Malathion is a synthetic... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What foods protect the liver?
Some foods and drinks can help protect liver health. These include coffee, oatmeal, grapes, nuts, and fatty fish, among others. Learn more about the foods and drinks that are good for liver health here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Statins prescribed to patients who don't need them, study says
Researchers say that many patients are receiving statin prescriptions unnecessarily, increasing their risk for cataracts, diabetes and liver damage. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elevated hormone flags liver problems in mice with methylmalonic acidemia
Study findings can immediately be applied to human patients with the disease. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - December 6, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Elevated hormone flags liver problems in mice with methylmalonic acidemia
(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) NHGRI researchers have discovered a hormone in a mouse study that can be used immediately to can help doctors predict how severely patients with the rare disease methylmalonic acidemia are affected and when to refer them for liver transplants. The findings, published December 6 in JCI Insight, also might shed light on more common disorders such as fatty liver disease, obesity and diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 6, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The benefits of acupressure on gallbladder health
(Natural News) Underneath your liver is a small pouch called the gallbladder. It’s an organ that stores the bile produced by the liver. The gallbladder plays an important role in flushing out toxic byproducts from the muscular system. Without it, our muscular strength and vitality would wane and we would be left with chronic fatigue... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A path to tackle liver-stage parasites
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Source: ScienceNOW - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ash, C. Tags: Chemistry, Microbiology twis Source Type: news

Open-source discovery of chemical leads for next-generation chemoprotective antimalarials
To discover leads for next-generation chemoprotective antimalarial drugs, we tested more than 500,000 compounds for their ability to inhibit liver-stage development of luciferase-expressing Plasmodium spp. parasites (681 compounds showed a half-maximal inhibitory concentration of less than 1 micromolar). Cluster analysis identified potent and previously unreported scaffold families as well as other series previously associated with chemoprophylaxis. Further testing through multiple phenotypic assays that predict stage-specific and multispecies antimalarial activity distinguished compound classes that are likely to provide ...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Antonova-Koch, Y., Meister, S., Abraham, M., Luth, M. R., Ottilie, S., Lukens, A. K., Sakata-Kato, T., Vanaerschot, M., Owen, E., Jado Rodriguez, J. C., Maher, S. P., Calla, J., Plouffe, D., Zhong, Y., Chen, K., Chaumeau, V., Conway, A. J., McNamara, C. W Tags: Chemistry, Microbiology, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Newly identified T cells could play a role in cancer and other diseases
FINDINGSResearchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology have identified a new type of T cell called a phospholipid-reactive T cell that is able to recognize phospholipids, the molecules that help form cells ’ outer membranes.The scientists also discovered that phospholipids compete with glycolipids, another type of molecule that helps form cells ’ outer membranes, in a way that prevents glycolipids from readily reaching the surface of a cell.BACKGROUNDCell membranes are primarily made up of two types of lipids — phospholipids and glycolipids. Inside ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 5, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Liver health in HIV: This gene indicates new therapeutic targets
A new study explains how the genetic mutation that may have protected our ancestors against the plague could show us how to protect liver health in HIV. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV and AIDS Source Type: news

HCV Expert Interview with Jordan Feld, MD, MPH
The renowned liver expert parses results of 3 studies presented at The Liver Meeting 2018 that could expand the role for DAA therapy in unexpected ways. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - December 4, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Elevated hormone flags liver problems in mice with methylmalonic acidemia (MMA)
NHGRI researchers have discovered a hormone in a mouse study that can be used immediately to can help doctors predict how severely patients with the rare disease methylmalonic acidemia are affected and when to refer them for liver transplants. The findings, published December 6 in JCI Insight, also might shed light on more common disorders such as fatty liver disease, obesity and diabetes. (Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights)
Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights - December 4, 2018 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: news

Metformin and Risk of HCC in Patients With T2DM Metformin and Risk of HCC in Patients With T2DM
Is metformin use associated with a reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Research shows that steroids, which are hard on the liver, do not help children with liver disease
(Natural News) The researchers behind a 2014 study found that steroids had no effect on infants with biliary atresia, a childhood liver disease. According to the press release from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, steroids could, in truth, possibly increase the risk of serious adverse events. To come to this conclusion, the researchers observed 140... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trying to quit smoking? Acupuncture can help
(Natural News) Smoking does nothing good to the body. In fact, it’s a leading cause of disease and disability for almost every organ in the body. It increases the risk of multiple cancers, such as that of the lungs, mouth, throat, stomach, liver, and kidneys. At least 90 percent of lung cancer cases, in particular,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic relic of the 'black death' may offer clues in treating liver disease
(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) A gene mutation that is believed to have safeguarded some people in 14th century Europe from the bubonic plague today may be protecting HIV patients co-infected with hepatitis C from potentially fatal liver scarring, says a University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine physician-scientist. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liver Meeting 2018: 3 Hep C Study Highlights
Find out: why HIV-infected hearts can be viable for non-infected recipients; why screening pregnant women for HIV is worth it; and, how even injection drug users can achieve SVR. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - November 30, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news