Favorable Outcomes with Statin us in Alcoholic Cirrhosis

Here’s some good news out of a Boston study (article is of a technical nature): “BOSTON — For patients with compensated or decompensated alcoholic cirrhosis, statins can cut the risk for death in half, according to a retrospective study. In addition, there is a substantial reduction in the risk for decompensation with statins. “I think clinicians are afraid to use statins in this population because of the potential for infection of the liver,” said Ulrich Bang, MD, PhD, from the University Hospital of Hvidovre in...

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Liver Disease Prevention Possible with Asthma Medication

“A drug commonly used for the prevention of allergies and asthma has shown promise in preventing liver disease and reducing the need for transplants, says a study. The study, conducted in mice, found that cromolyn sodium successfully blocked a series of cells that trigger liver scarring (known as fibrosis), which in advanced cases can lead to cirrhosis. The research was a direct outgrowth of previous published works involving the same drug for bile duct damage and liver cancer. “If you base it off these studies, the possibility of...

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Liver Fibrosis Limiter Discovered in Hormone

“Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) has been emerging worldwide and effective treatment, especially for liver fibrosis, is essential for improving the prognosis. A Japanese research team has identified and clarified the mechanism for a hormone that limits the fibrosis associated with NASH and cirrhosis. This discovery has potential applications for the treatment of these conditions. These findings were published on October 10 in the online version of Scientific Reports. The research group was led by Associate Professor TAKAHASHI Yutaka...

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Probiotic Treatment for Cirrhosis?

Here’s an excellent article on the using probiotics to treat liver diseases such as Cirrhosis. “Probiotics that help prevent hepatic encephalopathy may benefit liver cirrhosis patients. Dr. David W. Victor III, a practicing hepatologist, said, “This rigorous new research finds that probiotics modify the gut microbiota to prevent hepatic encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. These results offer a safe, well-tolerated, and perhaps cheaper alternative to current treatments.” The researchers conducted a...

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Liver Fibrosis/ Cirrhosis Apparently Reversed in rats with Modified Protein

Some fairly promising and potentially helpful research follows below: “A protein modified to increase the amount of time it circulates in the bloodstream appears to reverse liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in rats, according to results of a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers. The investigators say the findings, reported ahead of print in the March 3 early view edition of Hepatology, advance the search for a potential cure for the thousands of patients worldwide living with these incurable diseases. At present, there is little effective...

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Caring for the Liver with Dietary Modifications/ Considerations

Here’s a well written article on the benefits of diet in caring for the liver. “Liver is the seat of metabolism in the body. Whatever food we eat, after digestion passes through liver. 85-90% of the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines carries important nutrients to the liver where the proteins are processed and broken down into amino acids, carbohydrates into glucose and fats into amino acids. Liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis may change the way our body uses nutrients from food. Most of the patients of...

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