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Do I have a fatty liver?

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

A disease you may never have heard of is slowly damaging the health of a quarter of Americans. In San Antonio and the Valley, fatty liver disease affects nearly half the population, including up to 20 percent of children and adolescents – about twice the national average. What does it mean when you have a fatty liver? Fatty liver disease causes fat cells to infiltrate the liver. While it can be caused by continued abuse of liquor, it also affects 50 to 60 percent of obese people, and 60 to 70 percent of patients with Type II Diabetes. Liver inflammation …Read More >

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More good news for hepatitis C patients

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Research  /  Transplants

In the latest of what has been a series of breakthroughs for hepatitis C patients over the past couple of years — many of them studies led by San Antonio researchers — two new papers published this week show a combination treatment cleared the virus in more than 90 percent of patients after 12 weeks. One international study led by Dr. Fred Poordad of the Texas Liver Institute and chief of hepatology at the UT Health Science Center, examined more than 400 patients without cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. More than 300 had never been treated before for the …Read More >

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A South Texas medical mystery

Categories: Cancer  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  Research  /  Surgery

It’s long been a grim medical mystery in this region why rates of liver cancer are high here, particularly among Hispanics. Taking a deeper look at rates of the most common form of liver cancer across the country over a 15-year period, researchers at UT Health Science Center San Antonio found the highest rates in the nation among South Texas Hispanics. The new study, led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the Health Science Center, used data from state and national cancer registries between 1995 and 2010 to look at rates of hepatocelluar …Read More >

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New hope for hepatitis C patients

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Research

Liver damage from hepatitis C is the No. 1 reason for liver transplants at University Hospital and across the country. But that may change in the wake of a new study involving San Antonio patients. The study showed an experimental combination of drugs effectively cured the infection in more than 90 percent of patients with cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. The drug combination used in the study did not include interferon — a powerful drug currently used for hepatitis C that can have serious side effects, and often can’t be tolerated in patients with cirrhosis. “These results will change …Read More >

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