Blood / Hematology Liver Disease / Hepatitis

TIPS procedure: Everything you need to know

A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a minimally invasive procedure that doctors use to treat portal vein hypertension and other complications of advanced liver disease. As well as being less invasive than traditional bypass surgery, the TIPS procedure carries fewer risks. While a TIPS procedure can help reduce the risk of further complications, it […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Liver Disease / Hepatitis

Targeting one gut bacterium may treat alcoholic liver disease

Precision targeting of bacteria in a different way to antibiotics shows promise as a treatment for alcoholic liver disease, according to new research in mice. Share on PinterestTargeting a specific bacterium has helped scientists eliminate alcoholic liver disease in mice. A recent Nature study paper describes how an international team of scientists used bacteriophages, which […]

Liver Disease / Hepatitis

What to know about hepatic encephalopathy

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a decline in brain function that results from a build-up of toxins in the blood. The condition occurs when a person’s liver cannot remove sufficient toxins from the bloodstream. People with acute liver damage or advanced liver disease are at risk of developing HE. Keep reading for more information about the […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Liver Disease / Hepatitis

Gut bacteria may damage liver by turning carbs into alcohol

Researchers found that strains of the gut bacterium Klebsiella pneumonia can raise a person’s blood alcohol level in the absence of alcohol consumption. They link this to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in mice and humans. What links carbohydrates and liver damage? Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition in which excess fat accumulates […]