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Health News - Liver Disease/Hepatitis

What to know about late-stage hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can cause substantial liver damage, particularly in the later stages. The treatment and outlook will depend on the progression of the disease. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is there a vaccine for hepatitis C?
While vaccines exist for hepatitis A and B, researchers are still developing a vaccine for hepatitis C. Learn more about future treatments in this article. (Medical News Today)

How do you treat an infected belly button piercing?
Initially, piercings are healing wounds, and they can be prone to infection. Belly button piercings have a higher risk because they are difficult to keep clean. Symptoms of infection include pain, redness, and discharge from the piercing. Improving hygiene and taking antibiotics can help. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

'Natural protein' could reverse obesity-related diabetes, fatty liver
Increasing the 'natural protein' BP3 in obese mice reduces fat mass, high blood sugar, and fatty liver fats by firing up metabolism, a new study reveals. (Medical News Today)

'Anti-aging molecule' could improve liver and kidney treatments
Blocking an enzyme that limits the activity of the 'anti-aging molecule' NAD+ could be a way to protect the liver and kidneys from damage, study suggests. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between hepatitis B and C?
Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are both infections that cause inflammation of the liver. While they have similar symptoms, they also have a few key differences, including their transmission, the duration of the infection, and what treatments are available. Learn more about the differences in this article. (Medical News Today)

Aspirin may reduce liver cancer risk
The latest study to investigate the relationship between regular aspirin use and liver cancer risk finds a significant positive interaction. (Medical News Today)

What causes yellow stool?
A range of situations and conditions can cause yellow stool. In most cases, yellow stool is due to what a person eats. It may also have an underlying medical cause, such as problems with the pancreas, liver, or gallbladder. Learn more in this article. (Medical News Today)

What to know about the anti-smooth muscle antibody test
When a person has a liver condition, their body produces high levels of anti-smooth muscle antibodies (ASMA). Doctors check for these antibodies using the ASMA blood test. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Blocking this protein may keep obesity, diabetes at bay
Deleting the RNA-silencing protein Ago2 in mice's livers changed the animals' energy metabolism and prevented obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. (Medical News Today)

Existing liver drug can help treat Alzheimer's
An existing drug used to treat liver disease could also be effective in Alzheimer's disease, researchers find. Better Alzheimer's therapy is much needed. (Medical News Today)

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)

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