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Hepatology is the branch of medicine that incorporates study of liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas as well as management of their disorders.
NASPGHAN clinical practice guidelines recommend screening test for NAFLD in obese children

NASPGHAN clinical practice guidelines recommend screening test for NAFLD in obese children

A screening test for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)--a serious condition that may have lifelong health consequences--is recommended for all obese children aged nine to eleven years, according to clinical practice guidelines developed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. [More]
Women more susceptible to damaging effects of alcohol, says Houston Methodist expert

Women more susceptible to damaging effects of alcohol, says Houston Methodist expert

"One drink a day might be too much for a woman who has a genetic pre-disposition to cirrhosis of the liver," said Howard Monsour, M.D., chief of hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital "One drink for a woman has about twice the effect as it does for the same amount consumed by a man." [More]
Identifying foods that trigger IBS: an interview with Dr Bill Chey

Identifying foods that trigger IBS: an interview with Dr Bill Chey

IBS is a common medical condition which is diagnosed in the presence of characteristic gastrointestinal symptoms including recurring bouts of abdominal pain and diarrhea and/or constipation. IBS patients also commonly report bloating and abdominal distension or swelling. [More]
HCV patients treated with DAA therapy not at increased risk of developing liver cancer, study finds

HCV patients treated with DAA therapy not at increased risk of developing liver cancer, study finds

A new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting — held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases — found patients with hepatitis C who take direct-acting antiviral medication are at no higher risk for developing liver cancer than those who do not take the medication. [More]
Particular eating behaviors linked to lower odds of developing liver diseases

Particular eating behaviors linked to lower odds of developing liver diseases

Particular eating behaviors may lower the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to research presented this week at The Liver Meeting — held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. [More]
'Sponge on a string' test could spare people with Barrett's oesophagus from endoscopies

'Sponge on a string' test could spare people with Barrett's oesophagus from endoscopies

Cancer Research UK-funded scientists have discovered that a 'sponge on a string' pill test can identify which people with a condition called Barrett's oesophagus have a low risk of developing oesophageal cancer - sparing them uncomfortable endoscopies. [More]
Researchers reveal bi-directional link between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease

Researchers reveal bi-directional link between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease

For the first time, researchers have shown 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. [More]
Nearly 20% of children with celiac disease have persistent enteropathy despite gluten-free diet

Nearly 20% of children with celiac disease have persistent enteropathy despite gluten-free diet

Even after a year on a gluten-free diet, nearly 20 percent of children with celiac disease continue to have intestinal abnormalities (enteropathy) on repeat biopsies, reports a study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
University of Limerick professor identifies mesentery as one continuous structure

University of Limerick professor identifies mesentery as one continuous structure

A University of Limerick professor has identified an emerging area of science having reclassified part of the digestive system as an organ. [More]
Breastfed infants born to obese women gain less weight than babies fed with formula milk

Breastfed infants born to obese women gain less weight than babies fed with formula milk

An international study coordinated by professor Cristina Campoy from the department of Paediatrics at the University of Granada has showed that breastfed infants born to obese women keep a lower weight over the first 6 months of life in comparison with those who weren't fed with breast milk. [More]
Researchers receive grant to investigate how gut microbiome influences breast cancer

Researchers receive grant to investigate how gut microbiome influences breast cancer

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago have received a three-year, $900,000 Defense Department grant to investigate how the gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria, viruses and other bugs that make our digestive systems their home – influences breast cancer. [More]
IBD diagnosis in childhood does not affect educational achievements and lifestyle, study finds

IBD diagnosis in childhood does not affect educational achievements and lifestyle, study finds

Twenty-five percent of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients are diagnosed as children or adolescents -- at the peak of their social and educational development. [More]
Breakthrough research links sphingolipid-mediated cell junctions and tumorigenesis

Breakthrough research links sphingolipid-mediated cell junctions and tumorigenesis

Almost all cell types exhibit some sort of polarity, which enables them to carry out specialized functions. Adherens junctions, which consist of the transmembrane protein cadherin and the intracellular components beta-catenin, alpha-catenin, and actin filaments, initiate cell-cell contacts and maintenance of cell polarity. [More]
Young physician-scientists win Harry Winston Fellowships for innovative pediatric research

Young physician-scientists win Harry Winston Fellowships for innovative pediatric research

Dr. Claire Baldauf, Dr. Marjorie-Anne Guerra and Dr. Manal Habib have been named the recipients of the 2016-2017 Harry Winston Fellowships. [More]
Common drug for allergies and asthma could prevent fibrosis, reduce need for liver transplants

Common drug for allergies and asthma could prevent fibrosis, reduce need for liver transplants

A drug commonly used for the prevention of allergies and asthma someday could find new use in preventing liver disease and reducing the need for transplants, according to new research published in the October 2016 edition of the scientific journal Hepatology. [More]
Novel method can quantify progression of NAFLD to more advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis

Novel method can quantify progression of NAFLD to more advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis

Combining multiple non-invasive measures, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe a novel method to quantify the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to its more dangerous and deadly states — advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis. [More]
New non-invasive method could improve diagnosis of severe liver disease

New non-invasive method could improve diagnosis of severe liver disease

A new non-invasive method of predicting the risk of developing a severe form of liver disease could ensure patients receive early and potentially life-saving medical intervention before irreversible damage is done. [More]
Review highlights potentially toxic effects of herbal and dietary supplements on the liver

Review highlights potentially toxic effects of herbal and dietary supplements on the liver

A new review based on a research symposium sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the National Institutes of Health highlights the potentially damaging effects of herbal and dietary supplements (HDSs) on the liver. [More]
New study highlights clinical and economic burden of NAFLD in the U.S. and Europe

New study highlights clinical and economic burden of NAFLD in the U.S. and Europe

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disease worldwide, is increasing in prevalence and is currently estimated to affect approximately one-quarter of the general population. [More]
Mayo Clinic article provides better understanding on potentially devastating liver disease

Mayo Clinic article provides better understanding on potentially devastating liver disease

An article published today in the New England Journal of Medicine updates the medical community on a potentially devastating liver disease that afflicts approximately 29,000 Americans. [More]
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