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Health News - Liver Disease/Hepatitis

New drug may improve liver cancer therapy
Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is fast growing, has poor survival rates, and has inefficient current treatments. Can they be improved? (Medical News Today)

How liver health impacts the risk of Alzheimer's
A new factor that may influence the risk of Alzheimer's has emerged: the liver's ability to produce enough phospholipids that help protect brain health. (Medical News Today)

Rapid increase in deaths due to alcohol-related liver disease
Specialists are expressing concern over rising mortality due to late-stage liver disease. Most cases are caused by alcohol use, they warn. (Medical News Today)

What to know about liver hemangiomas
Hemangiomas of the liver are the most common type of benign liver tumor. Liver hemangiomas rarely cause symptoms, although large or multiple hemangiomas can cause abdominal pain or discomfort. Liver hemangiomas often do not require treatment. Doctors can diagnose them using an ultrasound or CT scan. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the cluster of symptoms that may develop when someone who is alcohol dependent suddenly stops drinking. Alcohol affects many body systems, so the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can vary widely. In this article, learn about the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Why is a prolactin level test done?
A prolactin level test is done to look for health conditions that relate to the hormone prolactin. Results may indicate pituitary disorders, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, or liver disease. Male and female fertility and milk production are also affected. Treatment for high levels includes medication. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How gut bacteria may help to spot and address liver disease
There is a link between the composition of the gut microbiota and the development of liver disease, and this may be key to diagnostic and prevention. (Medical News Today)

What causes bile duct obstruction?
A bile duct obstruction is when one of the tubes that carries bile between the liver, gallbladder, and small intestine becomes blocked. This can lead to severe complications if left untreated and may require surgery. Here, we look at the leading causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of bile duct obstruction. (Medical News Today)

What do yellow toenails mean?
There are several possible causes of yellow toenails, including fungal infection and overuse of nail polish. This symptom can sometimes indicate a more serious condition, such as yellow nail syndrome. In this article, we look at why toenails might become discolored, and how to prevent and treat yellow toenails. (Medical News Today)

What do abnormal ALP levels mean?
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme that is important for a range of bodily processes. An ALP test measures how much of this enzyme is circulating in a person’s blood. Abnormal levels could indicate a medical issue. Here, we look at what an ALP test involves, how to prepare for it, and what the results could mean. (Medical News Today)

What does elevated transaminase mean?
Liver enzymes control processes that filter toxins from the body. There are many types of enzymes, and transaminases are a key group. When a person has too many of these enzymes, they are diagnosed with transaminitis. Here, learn what transaminitis does to the body, why levels become elevated, and how they are lowered. (Medical News Today)

Aging may be reversed by smoothing out the wrinkles in our...cells
Turns out, it isn't just our skin that gets wrinkled with age, but also our cells. 'Smoothing out' these wrinkles may lead to a long, disease-free life. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria control cancer immunity in the liver
Scientists discover that a Clostridium gut microbe species blocks the liver's immune response to primary and metastatic tumors by altering bile acids. (Medical News Today)

This 'natural antioxidant' may protect heart health
Bilirubin, a byproduct of red blood cell breakdown, may speak to cardiovascular health, researchers argue. Further studies should investigate mechanisms. (Medical News Today)

Hepatosplenomegaly: Everything you need to know
Hepatosplenomegaly refers to an enlargement of the liver and spleen. Its causes include a variety of conditions that affect these two organs, including liver disease, HIV, anemia, infections, and cancer. In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, how doctors diagnose hepatosplenomegaly, and treatment options. (Medical News Today)

How long will I survive after a liver transplant?
Liver transplant surgery is the second most common transplant surgery in the U.S. Livers typically come from deceased donors, but transplants using parts of livers from live donors are becoming more frequent. Figures show that more than 50 percent of people who have a liver transplant survive for at least 20 years. (Medical News Today)

How to get rid of yellow eyes
Yellow eyes can result from damage to the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder. These organs help to filter bilirubin, a yellow compound, from the blood. While most cases require medical attention, we look at whether home remedies can be safe and effective. Learn about the causes and treatments of yellow eyes here. (Medical News Today)

Macrocytic anemia: Symptoms and treatment
Macrocytic anemia is a type of anemia characterized by abnormally large red blood cells. The size of the red blood cells means there are fewer of them to help the body function. In this article, learn about the causes of macrocytic anemia, including folate and B-12 deficiencies, as well as how the condition is treated. (Medical News Today)

Could this vitamin A derivative cure liver cancer?
Researchers reveal how a compound called acyclic retinoid, which is a synthetic form of vitamin A, can target and destroy liver cancer stem cells. (Medical News Today)

What does a high MCHC mean?
MCHC levels are measured during a complete blood test to identify the amount of hemoglobin in a single blood cell. High levels of MCHC can indicate a range of conditions, such as liver disease and hemolytic anemia. It can also be a side effect of some medications. Learn about symptoms of high MCHC and how to treat it. (Medical News Today)

How a novel protein may combat cancer
A Swiss team recently discovered a new tumor-suppressing protein. It may help to diagnose liver cancer earlier and could play a role in future treatments. (Medical News Today)

Diet for jaundice: What to eat for a healthy liver
A person’s diet plays a major role in jaundice recovery and prevention. Learn about metabolism and what to eat for a healthy liver. (Medical News Today)

What causes black specks in stool?
Black specks in stool can come from diet or something more serious, such as liver problems. Read about causes, symptoms, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What does the SGOT blood test mean?
A close look at the SGOT blood test, which is one part of a liver profile. We examine what the results mean and why the test is performed. (Medical News Today)

Cutting back on carbs could help treat fatty liver disease
A new study reveals how reducing the intake of carbohydrates could help to reduce the buildup of liver fat in people who are obese. (Medical News Today)

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