Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Toward a blood test for early-stage liver disease

One in four people in Western and Asian societies develop a build-up of fat in the liver as a result of an unhealthy diet. This disease – referred to as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) – causes no symptoms initially ...

Medical research

Rogue molecules provoke out-of-control scar tissue, strangle organs

Normal scar tissue forms to heal an internal wound and quietly retreats when the job is done. But in many common diseases—kidney, liver and lung fibrosis—the scar tissue goes rogue and strangles vital organs. These diseases ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Common acid reflux medications promote chronic liver disease

Approximately 10 percent of the general population take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug to block stomach acid secretions and relieve symptoms of frequent heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease. That ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Intestinal fungi worsen alcoholic liver disease

Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of mortality worldwide and approximately half of those deaths are due to alcohol abuse. Yet apart from alcohol abstinence, there are no specific treatments to reduce the severity ...

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