Liver Disease News
May 21, 2019

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Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis Deaths Skyrocket in Young Adults

Liver disease deaths jumped by 65 percent in the United States, from 1999-2016, disproportionately affecting adults ages 25-34. The increase in deaths among young adults was driven entirely by ... read more

How Some Liver Cells Switch Identities to Build Missing Plumbing

By studying a rare liver disease called Alagille syndrome, scientists discovered the mechanism behind a form of tissue regeneration that may someday reduce the need for organ transplants. Researchers ... read more

Scientists Discover Off-Switch for 'Molecular Machine' Active in Many Diseases

A discovery could be the key to stopping damage caused by uncontrolled inflammation in a range of common diseases including liver disease, ... read more

Too Much Sugar? Even 'Healthy People' Are at Risk of Developing Heart Disease

Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular ... read more
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Walking and Strength Training May Decrease the Risk of Dying from Liver Disease

Physical activity, including walking and muscle-strengthening activities, were associated with significantly reduced risk of cirrhosis-related death, according to new research. Chronic liver disease ... read more

The Protein P38gamma Identified as a New Therapeutic Target in Liver Cancer

Activation of the protein p38gamma is essential for the development of the main type of liver cancer, which affects more than 1 million people worldwide every ... read more

Discovery of a Restriction Factor for Hepatitis B Virus

Hepatitis B is a viral liver infection that can lead to acute or chronic conditions. Although there is a vaccine that offers protection against the virus, current treatments which prevent the virus ... read more

New Insights on Liver Injury in Men Taking Body Building Supplements

Forty-four men with liver injury, attributed to over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, experienced a uniform and distinctive pattern of signs and symptoms that were often prolonged, difficult to ... read more

A new study has identified a genetic variant associated with liver fibrosis (scarring) in chronic hepatitis C patients. This finding is a step toward reducing the number of patients requiring liver ... read more

Movement Toward a Stool Test for Liver Cirrhosis

In a study of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and their twins and other close relatives, researchers were able to diagnose liver cirrhosis simply by analyzing a person's stool ... read more

Red Yeast Rice Supplement 'Has the Potential to Cause' Liver Damage, Doctors Warn

Red yeast rice supplement has the potential to cause liver damage, warn doctors after a 64-year-old woman developed acute liver injury after six weeks of taking the ... read more

New Hepatitis C Cases Down by Almost 70 Percent in HIV-Positive Men in London

New cases of hepatitis C amongst HIV-positive men in London have fallen by nearly 70 percent in recent years. The new analysis of data from three clinics in London found 256 men were diagnosed ... read more

First Genetic Clue for Elusive Pediatric Liver Disease

Researchers have identified the first genetic defect linked to biliary atresia, a mysterious liver disease that is the leading cause for liver transplantation in ... read more

Predictors That Determine Toxic Fats in the Liver

Researchers have discovered biomarkers in the blood that can predict the accumulation of toxic fats in the liver, which are a sign of early fatty liver ... read more

Micro-Control of Liver Metabolism

A new discovery has shed light on small RNAs called microRNAs in the liver that regulate fat and glucose metabolism. Research shows that a molecular anticipation, during fast to re-feed transition, ... read more

Platinum Nanoparticles for Selective Treatment of Liver Cancer Cells

Researchers recently demonstrated that platinum nanoparticles can be used to kill liver cancer cells with greater selectivity than existing cancer ... read more

Direct-Acting Antivirals Reduce Risk of Premature Mortality and Liver Cancer for People With Chronic Hepatitis C, Study Finds

The first prospective, longitudinal study investigating treatment of chronic hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals finds that the treatment is associated with reduced risk of mortality and liver ... read more

Commonly Used Anti-Rejection Drug Could Be Repurposed to Treat Some Liver Cancers

Research in animal models and patient tissues has identified a new molecular pathway in the liver that suggests a commonly used anti-rejection medication could be repurposed to treat certain liver ... read more

Treatment for Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease May Be in Reach

Researchers have discovered 27 new molecules. These molecules all activate a special protein called PPAR-delta and have the potential to treat fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetic nephrotoxicity, ... read more

New Therapeutic Avenue in the Fight Against Chronic Liver Disease

A recent study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has introduced a novel targeted drug delivery system in the fight against ... read more

Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR/Cas9 Shown to Limit Impact of Certain Parasitic Diseases

Researchers have successfully used CRISPR/Cas9 to limit the impact of schistosomiasis and liver fluke infection, which affects more than a quarter of a billion people in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan ... read more

MANF Identified as a Rejuvenating Factor in Parabiosis

Older mice who are surgically joined with young mice in order to share a common bloodstream get stronger and healthier, making parabiosis one of the hottest topics in age research. Researchers now ... read more

Split Liver Transplants Could Safely Help Sickest Children

In a review of registry data for more than 5,300 liver transplants performed in children nationwide, researchers identify the type of patient who is most likely to survive a split liver transplant -- ... read more

MRI Effective for Monitoring Liver Fat in Obese Patients

MRI provides a safe, noninvasive way to monitor liver fat levels in people who undergo weight loss treatments for obesity, according to a new ... read more

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