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Study helps explain rising rates of liver cancer
Date: 2012-01-04 00:00:00

Hepatits C infection and obesity are increasingly becoming major risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Mayo Clinic. Individuals with either of these conditions may benefit from liver panel testing to assess the condition of their liver.... Full Story

Cirrhosis patients tend to have multiple health problems, study finds
Date: 2012-01-10 00:00:00

Individuals who have had liver panel tests reveal that they have cirrhosis are much more likely to be in poor health and to be disabled, according to a new study published in the journal Hepatology.... Full Story

Excessive soda consumption may lead to liver problems
Date: 2012-01-12 00:00:00

Individuals who drink excessive amounts of soda may be more likely to receive unhealthy liver panel tests, as a new study has shown that this can cause fat to build up in the liver and in the muscles surrounding internal organs, which are considered risk factors for disease.... Full Story

Burden of liver disease high among diabetics
Date: 2012-01-13 00:00:00

Diabetes is known to increase the risk of liver problems, but experts are saying that the problem may be even greater than previously thought, and doctors should be aware of this risk in their patients and recommend liver panel tests when appropriate.... Full Story

Researchers study treatment for childhood liver disease
Date: 2012-01-18 00:00:00

Liver disease was once completely confined to adult population. However, with childhood obesity rates rising, many young people now receive unhealthy liver panel test results. A new study being support by the National Institutes of Health is currently seeking to determine how best to treat the condition.... Full Story

Statins may prevent hepatitis from progressing to liver cancer
Date: 2012-01-27 00:00:00

Individuals who have received liver panel test results indicating they have hepatitis B may benefit from a prescription for statin medications. New research suggests that these drugs may prevent their condition from progressing to liver cancer.... Full Story

Bacterial imbalance may be behind liver disease
Date: 2012-02-01 00:00:00

Unhealthy liver panel test results are generally thought to be the consequence of lifestyle factors. Obesity and excessive alcohol consumption can damage the organ and impair its function. However, a new study from a team of Yale University researchers suggests that liver damage and obesity may frequently be caused by contagious microbial imbalances.... Full Story

Coffee may improve health of liver disease patients
Date: 2012-02-02 00:00:00

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is the leading cause of liver damage, but new research suggests that a few cups of coffee per day may be enough to improve the liver panel test scores of individuals with the condition.... Full Story

Experts urge tighter controls on sugar consumption
Date: 2012-02-06 00:00:00

Sugar consumption is known to contribute to obesity. However, a new paper published in the journal Nature suggests that it may have toxic effects beyond being high in calories, and that this may lead to unhealthy liver panel test results.... Full Story

More children affected by fatty liver disease
Date: 2012-02-10 00:00:00

It used to be that only adults received unhealthy liver panel test results. However, experts say that young people are increasingly affected by fatty liver disease, which could have serious implications for their long-term health.... Full Story

Different causes of liver disease may have the same outcome
Date: 2012-02-13 00:00:00

A number of different problems can afflict the liver, some infectious, others caused by environment. This means that many people should consider live panel testing, as large numbers of individuals may be at risk.... Full Story

Low-choline diet linked to liver damage in post-menopausal women
Date: 2012-02-17 00:00:00

Post-menopausal women who consume few foods containing the essential nutrient choline may benefit from liver panel testing. A new study indicates that these individuals may face a higher risk of liver scarring caused by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.... Full Story

Hepatitis C now more common cause of death than HIV
Date: 2012-02-22 00:00:00

While HIV testing remains a critical public health concern, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that hepatitis C infection is now a more common cause of death.... Full Story

FDA removes warning of liver problems from statin labels
Date: 2012-02-28 00:00:00

Since statin medications first became a popular way for individuals to lower their cholesterol levels, the Food and Drug Administration has placed warnings on the labels of drugs advising patients to consider regular liver panel testing. However, the agency has now decided to remove this warning.... Full Story

Sleepiness may predict future neurological problems in cirrhosis patients
Date: 2012-03-01 00:00:00

For individuals who have received liver panel tests indicating they have cirrhosis, daytime sleepiness is a common symptom. Now, a new study has found that this problem may be caused by high levels of ammonia in the blood, which interferes with a person's ability to get normal, restorative sleep at night.... Full Story

Some liver damage can be reversed through exercise
Date: 2012-03-05 00:00:00

Most people associate liver problems like cirrhosis with years of heavy drinking. However, people who have never touched a drop of liquor in their lives are increasingly receiving unhealthy liver panel test results. The cause is obesity.... Full Story

New finding could lead to improved treatments for liver disease
Date: 2012-03-12 00:00:00

For individuals who have received liver panel test results indicating they have serious liver disease, the only long-term solution to their problem is a transplant. However, a team of Scottish researchers may have found a way to address the condition without requiring liver transplant.... Full Story

Liver problem are common, even among non-drinkers
Date: 2012-03-21 00:00:00

Many people may think that they have no reason to consider a liver panel test because they do not drink to excess. Liver disease is a condition that is closely associated with alcoholism. However, experts say that a person does not need to drink heavily to be at risk for developing liver problems.... Full Story

Researchers find disparities in how donor livers are awarded
Date: 2012-03-22 00:00:00

Many individuals who receive unhealthy liver panel test results end up being diagnosed with an advanced-stage condition that requires a transplant. New research indicates that patients may be more or less likely to receive an organ depending on the type of liver disease they have.... Full Story

Researchers find potential genetic cause of pediatric fatty liver disease
Date: 2012-03-23 00:00:00

Liver panel tests indicating the presence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are becoming increasingly common, particularly among young people as the obesity crisis worsens. Now, new research indicates that part of this may have to do with the presence of genetic variations.... Full Story

Antioxidant may protect against liver disease
Date: 2012-04-10 00:00:00

The number of people who have received unhealthy liver panel tests continues to grow, as large segments of the population have now been diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, a new study suggests that a powerful antioxidant may be one way to address the problem.... Full Story

Many individuals are at risk for experiencing liver problems
Date: 2012-04-12 00:00:00

Undergoing liver panel testing may not only be important the health of a person's liver. Experts say that the condition of this vital organ may be an indicator of other areas of health. Diagnosing a problem here may indicate other health risks.... Full Story

Soy protein shown to combat fatty liver disease
Date: 2012-04-23 00:00:00

Fatty liver disease is becoming a very common health problem among adults in the U.S. If left untreated it can cause scarring in the liver and eventually lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. However, a new study suggests that soy protein may help combat the problem.... Full Story

Family history of liver disease is major risk factor for cancer
Date: 2012-04-24 00:00:00

Individuals who have a family history of liver disease may want to consider liver panel testing. New research suggests that these individuals are at a significantly elevated risk of developing a common form of liver cancer.... Full Story

Fatty liver disease linked to cancer risk
Date: 2012-04-26 00:00:00

The development of cirrhosis and liver failure are two of the most common concerns among people who have received unhealthy liver panel test results. However, new research suggests that people with fatty liver disease may also face a high risk of cancer, regardless of whether they have these other complications.... Full Story

Healthy gut bacteria may prevent development of liver disease
Date: 2012-05-01 00:00:00

Individuals who have received unhealthy liver panel results suggesting they may be at risk for developing fatty liver disease may want to pay more attention to the microbiology of their digestive tract. New research suggests that bacteria may play an important role in the development of fatty liver disease and possibly diabetes.... Full Story

Researchers find compounds that fight fatty liver disease
Date: 2012-05-02 00:00:00

Two naturally occurring substances may prevent the uptake of fat by the liver, according to a new study out of the University of California, Berkeley. The findings could be used to develop new medications that would benefit people who have received liver panel tests indicating they have fatty liver disease.... Full Story

Some groups face high fatty liver disease risk
Date: 2012-05-04 00:00:00

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is becoming a pressing public health concern. As obesity rates climb, the number of people with the chronic condition has also increased. Some groups may face a particularly high risk.... Full Story

Hepatitis B poses serious threat to liver
Date: 2012-05-09 00:00:00

Individuals who are infected with hepatitis B may want to consider liver panel testing to assess the health of their organ. New research suggests that it may be more damaging to the liver than hepatitis C.... Full Story

Alcohol limits inflammation in some liver disease patients
Date: 2012-05-15 00:00:00

Most people who have received unhealthy liver panel test results are urged to stay away from alcohol entirely. After all, excessive drinking is one of the leading causes of liver disease. However, for patients whose conditions are not a result of alcoholism, moderate drinking may actually be beneficial, according to a new study.... Full Story

Timing of meals plays important role in development of liver disease
Date: 2012-05-18 00:00:00

Individuals who have received unhealthy liver panel test results may be able to improve the function of the organ simply by adjusting the schedule of their meals. When a person eats may be just as important as what they eat.... Full Story

Rates of childhood liver disease skyrocket
Date: 2012-05-21 00:00:00

The number of teenagers who have received unhealthy liver panel test results has nearly tripled during the course of the last decade, according to the results of a new study presented at the Digestive Diseases Week conference.... Full Story

Statins improve cirrhosis treatment outcomes
Date: 2012-05-24 00:00:00

Individuals who have received unhealthy liver panel tests may benefit from taking statin medications. A new study has shown that the cholesterol-lowering medications may be more beneficial than previously thought.... Full Story

Expert urges progress in fight against liver disease
Date: 2012-05-25 00:00:00

The number of people receiving unhealthy liver panel tests indicating they have liver disease is increasing at such as pace that researchers are calling for renewed efforts to investigation the causes of the problem and search for solutions.... Full Story

Groups release new guide to diagnosing and treating NAFLD
Date: 2012-06-01 00:00:00

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Liver disease cases set to increase due to high rates of hepatitis infection
Date: 2012-06-04 00:00:00

The number of people who received unhealthy liver panel test results increased significantly over the course of the last decade. Many experts blamed this on rising obesity rates, but new evidence suggests that this is not the only threat to the nation's liver health.... Full Story

Supplements linked to liver damage
Date: 2012-06-05 00:00:00

Individuals who have received unhealthy liver panel test results may want to avoid using herbal and dietary supplements for weight loss and muscle building. New research has linked these products to an increased risk of liver damage.... Full Story

Liver disease increases risk of heart problems
Date: 2012-06-08 00:00:00

A liver panel test could be important for assessing more than just liver health. New research indicates that people who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) face an increased of developing cardiovascular and metabolic problems.... Full Story

New study explains link between liver disease and heart problems
Date: 2012-06-11 00:00:00

Researchers have identified molecular changes that occur in the liver that may explain why people with liver disease have abnormal cholesterol levels. In conjunction with liver panel tests, these changes may predict the severity of a patient's condition.... Full Story

Genetic factors may play only a small role in development of alcoholic liver disease
Date: 2012-06-13 00:00:00

Heavy alcohol consumption is known to be one of the main risk factors for liver disease, but not everyone who is an alcoholic will receive unhealthy liver panel test results. It is not known why heavy drinking affects everyone differently, but a new study suggests that risks for susceptibility may not run in families.... Full Story

Cirrhosis does not increase liver cancer risk
Date: 2012-06-22 00:00:00

Individuals who have received unhealthy liver panel test results indicating they have alcoholic cirrhosis may have a lower risk of liver cancer than previously thought, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers said the findings suggest that cirrhosis patients may not need to be screened as aggressively as currently recommended.... Full Story

Groups release new guide for treating fatty liver disease
Date: 2012-06-25 00:00:00

A growing number of people today are receiving liver panel tests indicating they have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, because the condition is relatively new, there have been few established methods of treating it.... Full Story

Treatment for arthritis may be linked to liver damage
Date: 2012-07-02 00:00:00

A common treatment for arthritis may increase the risk of receiving unhealthy liver panel tests, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal medicine. The researchers recommended caution when considering using this treatment.... Full Story

Researchers develop new model to study liver disease
Date: 2012-07-06 00:00:00

A team of Australian researchers has developed a new animal for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which they say will allow other scientists to investigate possible treatments for the condition. This could benefit millions of people who have received unhealthy liver panel tests.... Full Story

Untreated liver disease may lead to major complications
Date: 2012-07-09 00:00:00

Individuals who have any symptom of liver disease may want to talk to their doctor about liver panel testing. Experts say that when the condition is left untreated, it can progress and cause very serious complications.... Full Story

Scientists identify white blood cell that may fight hepatitis A
Date: 2012-07-17 00:00:00

Individuals who are worried about their liver health may want to take a lab test to find out whether they are immune against or infected by the virus that causes hepatitis A. Researchers are continuing to study the body's immune response to this virus in order to understand the best way to tackle it. Recently, one team of scientists identified a cell in the immune system that may be responsible for launching the main defense.... Full Story

Vitamin B12 may boost efforts to treat hepatitis C
Date: 2012-07-25 00:00:00

New research published in the journal Gut suggests that vitamin B12 may support regimens that treat hepatitis C. These results suggest that patients who have this viral infection may want to undergo a lab test to determine whether they consume adequate levels of this nutrient.... Full Story

Hepatitis reinfection is more likely for liver transplant patients if they smoked
Date: 2012-08-03 00:00:00

Individuals who are worried about whether hepatitis is affecting them can undergo a liver panel test to assess the health of the organ. These people may include recovering transplant patients. Recently, a team of scientists from McGill University discovered that among liver transplant recipients, an individual is more likely to develop a hepatitis reinfection if he or she has a history of smoking.... Full Story

Diabetics who consume too much fructose may have lower energy
Date: 2012-09-14 00:00:00

Exploratory research says that levels of liver adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in diabetics can be significantly lessened if they eat too many foods containing high quantities of fructose. ATP is needed for cells to exchange energy with one another.

The Mayo Clinic states that diabetic individuals have a greater likelihood of finding out that they have certain liver diseases after undergoing liver panel testing. Foods with high fructose content include bread, cereal and soda, according to the article in the journal Hepatology.

For this study, almost 250 obese and diabetic test subjects answered questions regarding their daily fructose intake before having their ATP levels tested. The results indicated that participants with higher fructose levels had correspondingly lower amounts of ATP.

"High fructose consumption and elevated levels of uric acid are associated with more severe depletion of liver ATP. Our findings suggest that increased dietary fructose intake may impair liver 'energy balance'," said Manal Abdelmalek of Duke University Medical Center, the study's lead author.

A 2008 report from the University of Bologna in Italy states that obesity has been linked to more bad results of liver panels than any other disease in Western nations.

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