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Fatty liver linked to shrinking brain

Date: 24 Nov 2017

Story by Reuters Health.

Fatty liver disease that is not related to excess drinking is associated with greater brain shrinkage than normally happens with age, researchers say.

"Liver fat may have a direct association with brain ageing." - Lead author, Galit Weinstein, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Israel.

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34 million euro project to develop better test for liver dis...

Date: 21 Nov 2017

Press Release by Newcastle University.

A pioneering European research project aims to lead to new diagnostic tests to assess patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and identify those most at risk of developing problems.

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Why you might get liver disease even if you're not much of a...

Date: 02 Nov 2017

Story by SELF.

“To get an idea of the extent of the issue, think of it like this: If you’re hanging out with two friends, it’s very likely one of you has a fatty liver problem,” says Wayne Eskridge, CEO of the nonprofit Fatty Liver Foundation. “It is the coming epidemic of our time because, although medicine is making progress against most other major diseases, there is no treatment for fatty liver disease.”

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Call to Action: Kids need fatty liver research, diagnostics,...

Date: 24 Oct 2017

Story by Healio.

With up to 10% of children worldwide diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and even nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, pediatric hepatologists face an unmet need for medical treatment and non-invasive diagnostics, according to a presenter at The Liver Meeting 2017.

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Experts raise red flag over fatty liver disease

Date: 24 Oct 2017

Story by MedPage Today.

Rinella noted that the number of liver transplants owing to advanced NASH has risen 68% in the past decade, while the number of available organs has only risen 11%. And the number of people with NASH on transplant waiting lists is expected to grow 55.4% by 2030, she added.

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A common herbal medicine may cause liver cancer mutations

Date: 18 Oct 2017

Story by New Scientist.

Extracts taken from plants of the genus Aristolochia, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a wide range of conditions, may be responsible for many liver cancers in Asia.

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Can Taurine and polyphenols help treat fatty liver disease?

Date: 17 Oct 2017

Story by Medical News Bulletin.

Taurine, an amino acid, is believed to have effects on levels of blood glucose, lipids, and liver transaminases. Polyphenols are the natural compounds found in tea and are often used as natural antioxidants. The combination of taurine and tea polyphenols might reveal a possible treatment in addition to changes in diet and lifestyle for fatty liver disease, specifically NASH.

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Liver disease risk may be heightened by gastric acid drugs

Date: 10 Oct 2017

Story by Medical News Today.

Researchers found that proton pump inhibitors, which are drugs used to reduce gastric acid, could promote the growth of a type of bacteria associated with chronic liver diseases.

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NASH: Pointers for Pharma from the Patient's Perspective

Date: 03 Oct 2017

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The disease was first identified in the 1980s. Since then, its prevalence has grown rapidly in line with that of NAFLD, now one of the most common liver diseases worldwide. These trends reflect a growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity worldwide. One recent meta-analysis found the global prevalence of NAFLD to be around 25%, while the global prevalence of NASH is estimated at 3-5%.

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Combinations of PACS and AI helps uncover what radiologists...

Date: 22 Sep 2017

Story by Healthcare IT News.

“A key benefit is that the AI software searches certain imaging studies for several specific conditions,” Gaskin explained. “It calculates liver density from a CT chest or abdomen study to detect a fatty liver, identifies emphysema by detecting levels of trapped air in the lungs from a CT chest study, and determines levels of coronary calcium from non-contrast CT chest studies, in addition to assessing bone density.”

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