Mongrel Mob gang opens up to New Zealand researchers for the good of their health

Studying the liver health of a high-risk, hard-to-reach gang population certainly came with challenges and a few surprises, a University of Otago academic says. The research, published today in Royal Society Open Science, assessed the hepatitis prevalence, knowledge, and liver health risk factors of 52 Mongrel Mob members, affiliates and extended family. Associate Professor Michael […]

Routine oral care to treat gum disease may improve cognitive function in cirrhosis patients

Routine oral care to treat gum disease (periodontitis) may play a role in reducing inflammation and toxins in the blood (endotoxemia) and improving cognitive function in people with liver cirrhosis. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology–Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. Cirrhosis, which is a growing epidemic in the U.S., […]