Alcohol is so interwoven into our social lives that it can be easy to forget that overindulgence can have negative health implications, but alcohol misuse is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a recommendation urging
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Located in the upper-right side of the abdomen, the liver is your body’s largest organ, and a true workhorse. It converts nutrients to products the body can use, stores these nutrients, and delivers them where needed. It also stores iron, manufactures choles-terol, makes bile to digest fats, removes toxins from
Gallstones are solid deposits in the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ that sits beneath the liver. The gallbladder has a simple function: to store and concentrate bile, a digestive enzyme made by the liver. In the United States, between 1 and 3 percent of adults develop gallstones each year and
Our gallbladder—a pear-shaped organ that sits beneath the liver—has a simple function: to store and concentrate bile, a digestive enzyme made by the liver. Within the gallbladder, however, solid deposits known as gallstones can form, a condition that affects up to 9 million people in the U.S. each year. Among
The liver, which is located in the upper-right side of the abdomen, is the largest organ in the body and one of the most important. The liver processes everything you put in your mouth, including food, drink, and medications. It converts nutrients to products the body can use, stores these
It can be challenging to get all of the essential nutrients you need from your diet—and you also need to consider whether those nutrients are being fully absorbed. Several medications can interfere with nutrient absorption; here’s a look at three common culprits.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications
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
With advances in treatment and early detection, the incidence and death rates of nearly all of the most common cancers in the United States are on the decline, according to a recent report. However, liver cancer is bucking the positive trend, as rates of this disease continue to climb. The
For the most part, your liver is nestled securely behind your ribs. The right side of your ribcage serves as a skeletal shield to protect the liver and other organs from injury.
Trouble is, the ribcage may work too well if you have liver cancer, as it may shield your doctor
Prior research has indicated that drinking coffee may reduce the incidence of liver disease, and a recent study (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Jan. 25, 2016) suggests that the protective effect is more significant than previously believed.
Researchers who studied data on nearly half a million men and women found that drinking