Liver Disease Treatment News and Information

What is Liver Disease? (Definition)

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there are many kinds of liver diseases. Viruses cause some of them, like hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Others can be the result of drugs, poisons or drinking too much alcohol. If the liver forms scar tissue because of an illness, it’s called cirrhosis. Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, can be one sign of liver disease. Cancer can also affect the liver. You could also inherit a liver disease such as hemochromatosis.

Signs and symptoms of liver disease include:

  • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Itchy skin
  • Dark urine color
  • Pale stool color, or bloody or tar-colored stool
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tendency to bruise easily

See below for updated news and information regarding Liver Disease including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Liver Disease News

Liver Disease Research: Mayo Clinic researchers identify how fat stores in the liver provide an energy source during fasting

(SOURCE: Mayo Clinic) - In a recent Science Advances article, Mayo Clinic researchers show how hungry human liver cells find energy. This study, done in rat and human liver cells, reports on the role of a small regulatory protein that acts like a beacon to help cells locate lipids and provides new information to support the development of therapies for fatty liver ...
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Liver Disease Research: Study finds new pathway for treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA) - Researchers* from the University of South Carolina, Duke University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Metabolon Inc. Research Triangle Park have discovered a new pathway in the liver that opens the door to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition that affects up to 25 percent of the population and may lead to cirrhosis and eventually ...
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Unlocking a liver receptor puzzle

(SOURCE: EMORY HEALTH SCIENCES) - Imagine a key that opens a pin tumbler lock.  A very similar key can also fit into the lock, but upside down in comparison to the first key. Biochemist Eric Ortlund and colleagues have obtained analogous results in their study of how potential diabetes drugs interact with their target, the protein LRH-1. Their research, published in Journal ...
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Hepatitis Treatment News: New Combination Therapy Shown to Clear Hepatitis C With 4 Weeks of Treatment

(PR Newswire) According to a recent press release, two injections of RG-101, in combination with a four-week course of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy, has been shown to clear hepatitis C in patients at both 12 and 24 weeks after treatment in the majority of patients, according to research presented this week at The Liver Meeting® — held by the American ...
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Researchers Identify Relationship Between Fatty Liver Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

(BOSTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) According to a recent press release, researchers have shown for the first time, that a bi-directional relationship exists between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease. Fatty liver disease can lead to increased cardiovascular disease risk and vice versa ...
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Study Shows High-Protein Diets Significantly Reduced Liver Fat Within Six Weeks

(DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER DIABETESFORSCHUNG DZD) According to a new nutritional study conducted by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) on individuals with type 2 diabetes, high-protein diets reduced liver fat by up to 48 percent within six weeks. It did not matter whether the diet was mainly based on plant or animal protein ...
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