Colder, darker climates increase alcohol consumption and liver disease

Related video Where you live could influence how much you drink. According to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Division of Gastroenterology, people living in colder regions with less sunlight drink more alcohol than their warm-weather counterparts. The study, recently published online in Hepatology, found that as temperature and sunlight hours dropped, alcohol consumption […]

What to know about late-stage hepatitis C

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Study identifies factors tied to greater risk of advanced liver disease in cystic fibrosis patients

Related video Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) pediatric gastroenterologist, Michael Narkewicz, MD, recently shared results of the Prospective Study of Ultrasound to Predict Hepatic Cirrhosis in Cystic Fibrosis (PUSH), which sought to determine if liver ultrasounds could identify children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis who are at greater risk of developing advanced liver disease. The […]

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., […]