According to a recent study (Hepatology, Oct. 3, 2016), the number of hospitalizations for cirrhosis of the liver nearly doubled from 371,000 in 2001 to 659,000 in 2011. Cirrhosis causes healthy tissue to be gradually replaced by scar tissue that impedes blood flow through the liver, impacting liver function and
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A research team at the Biozentrum (Center for Molecular Life Sciences) of the University of Basel, Switzerland, has found that metformin, the widely prescribed drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, also has anti-cancer properties when combined with syrosingopine, which has been used to treat hypertension since 1960. The drug
You know that sugar-sweetened sodas can pack on the pounds and contribute to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But new Tufts research reports that sugary drinks may also increase your odds of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Characterized by a buildup of fat in the liver unrelated to
The liver doesn’t actually contain nerves, so the organ itself can’t feel pain. Even so, the sensation of liver pain can occur because the layer of tissue that surrounds the organ—it’s called Glisson’s Capsule—does contain nerves. Any diseases affecting the liver that increase its size can result in what feels
Your liver is a real multi-tasker, performing more than 500 functions. Located in the upper right side of the abdomen, just below your diaphragm, the liver helps transform nutrients into energy, makes bile for fat digestion, stores vitamins and minerals, makes proteins needed to fight infections and clot blood, and
Cancer fighting vaccines currently in use are of two types: preventive and therapeutic. Preventive cancer vaccines are aimed at cancer-causing viruses such human papillomavirus, which can cause a number of cancers, including cervical, anal, and penile. There are also several types of hepatitis B (HBV) vaccines that guard against liver cancer.
Cirrhosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are severe liver conditions with limited available drug therapies affecting thousands of people in the U.S. and abroad. In the U.S. alone, 7.3 percent of deaths are due to liver diseases. And, alcoholic liver disease is a key precursor to
In 2001, the American Cancer Society issued guidelines for preventing cancer. Since then, a study of almost half a million subjects drawn from the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study shows that following the guidelines may slightly reduce your overall risk of developing cancer and have a greater
A good deal of research has been done to try to pinpoint who is at greatest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Simply getting older raises your risk, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most
Nearly one-third of Americans have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)—now the most common chronic disease of the liver. Although rarely discussed in conventional medical offices and even less in the media, NAFLD is epidemic.
This stealthy condition can go undetected for years—with deadly consequences. Once advanced, NAFLD cannot be reversed. It