Nutrition and Liver Cirrhosis Improvements

“Many chronic liver diseases are associated with malnutrition and one of the most common of these diseases is cirrhosis. Cirrhosis refers to the replacement of damaged liver cells by fibrous scar tissue which disrupts the liver’s important functions. Cirrhosis occurs as a result of excessive alcohol intake, viral hepatitis, obstruction of the bile ducts or exposure to certain drugs or toxic substances.   Nutrition and the liver are interrelated in many ways. Everything we eat, breathe and absorb through our skin is refined and...

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Albumin and Decompensated Cirrhosis

“AMSTERDAM — A weekly albumin infusion, in addition to standard medical treatment, significantly improves survival in patients with advanced liver cirrhosis, results from the ANSWER study show. Albumin also reduced the number of hospitalizations and the rate of severe complications, improved ascites, and was generally well tolerated. “There has been a long debate — with opinions ranging from skeptical to enthusiastic — about giving albumin to patients with cirrhosis, but a reliable study that could shed light on this was lacking...

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Obesity, Cirrhosis and Omega 3’s

“A new study done with laboratory animals suggests that one type of omega 3 fatty acid offers people, who are obese or have a poor diet, a chance to avoid serious liver damage.   The findings, published on Wednesday by researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) in PLOS ONE, offer something that no available drug can accomplish, as millions of people in the developed world try, and fail, to sustain weight loss or eat an optimal diet. Supplements of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), one of the most critically important of the omega 3 fatty...

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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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