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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Dietary Considerations, Redux

Here’s some “food for thought”. “As a child you detested broccoli, and could never really get to like it ever since. Now, studies suggest that including it in your diet can reduce the risk of liver cancer. What’s more, it also prevents the development of fatty liver. Since broccoli consumption has previously been linked to reducing the risk of certain cancers, including breast, colon and prostate cancers, researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to see if there was a link between the vegetable and liver cancer...

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Oral Ammonia Test Promises Less Blood Testing for Cirrhosis Patients

This is a neat take on diagnosis- read more below! “A new breath sensor for testing ammonia could reduce the need for certain patients to take blood tests, including those with liver conditions such as cirrhosis and hepatitis. The device, known as AmBeR, was developed by Prof Tony Killard from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). It came about while he was investigating new nanotechnology sensor materials. AmBeR uses polyaniline, an electricity-conducting polymer that Killard formed into nanoparticles. He discovered that...

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Fatty Liver Disease Diet Facts and Recommendations

This is a pretty good and relatively comprehensive article on liver issues stemming from a diet high in fats- read more below: “After a season of indulgence it’s not just our waistline that could be suffering, our liver can accumulate fat too, which can wreak havoc on our health. Eating too many fatty foods and gaining weight can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD – and according to the NHS, an estimated 23-30% of Brits have it). Fatty liver, or steatosis, is a term that describes the build up of fat in the liver. While...

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