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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September 14 Is International PBC Day

“PEARLAND, TX–(Marketwired – Sep 12, 2014) – The PBCers announced today that Sunday, September 14 is International PBC Day. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) is an autoimmune liver disease that slowly destroys the bile ducts within the liver. PBC is more prevalent in women than men by a factor of roughly 10 to 1. It is not drug or alcohol related, and is not contagious. Usually the first and most debilitating symptoms noticed are itching, fatigue, bone and muscle pain. At this time there is no known cause or cure....

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Silent Organ: Liver Issues Are Subtle

“(Updated 7:58 p.m.) On Monday morning, actor Mark Gil passed away of liver cancer, his family announced in a statement. In a press release by St. Luke’s Center for Liver Diseases, Juliet L. Gopez-Cervantes, MD characterized the liver as a vital organ, without which a person could not possibly survive. However, she added, it is also a “silent organ.”“It is a silent organ because it can be damaged without sending any signals or symptoms. Many people live with liver disease for a long time without ever knowing...

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90% Cure Rate for new Hep C Treatment

“There’s good news for people who have hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the Texas Liver Institute and other health institutions have identifiedwhat they say is a potent treatment that cures the disease 9 out of 10 times. That’s something of a breakthrough since current treatments have uncertain effectiveness and side...

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Hepatitis Resultion Approved by World Health Assembly

“The World Health Assembly has approved a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of viral hepatitis, as well as proposals to improve global coordination of efforts to address noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Viral hepatitis is responsible for 1.4 million deaths per year, and 500 million people currently live with the disease. Hepatitis B and C lead are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer. The resolution notes the importance of implementing appropriate...

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