Liver Disease / Hepatitis

What are the best hepatitis C drugs?

Treatment for hepatitis C involves using medications to control symptoms of the infection, as well as drugs that help cure the infection itself. Using medications may improve the outcome of the disorder by helping to prevent severe complications from chronic liver damage. In the past, there were not many medical treatments available to treat hepatitis […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Liver Disease / Hepatitis

What to know about hepatitis E

Hepatitis E is an infectious virus that attacks the liver, where it causes inflammation and damage. In certain people, this could lead to serious complications over time. Treatment is generally straightforward, and many people do not need medical attention to treat hepatitis E. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases […]

Blood / Hematology Liver Disease / Hepatitis

What is an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test?

The liver makes several enzymes, including alanine aminotransferase, or ALT. These enzymes help break down proteins so that the body can digest them. Besides helping the liver break down proteins, ALT helps the liver perform its basic functions. Some of these include: filtering toxins from the blood storing nutrients and iron producing bile, which aids […]

Liver Disease / Hepatitis

Hepatitis C and HIV coinfection

Hepatitis C is a contagious viral infection that affects the liver. People living with HIV are at higher risk of contracting hepatitis C because of the effect HIV has on the immune system. In this article, we discuss the relationship between hepatitis C and HIV. We also cover symptoms, prevention, and treatment for hepatitis C. […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Liver Disease / Hepatitis

What are the symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis?

Autoimmune hepatitis is when the immune system mistakenly attacks the liver, causing damage and swelling. Treatment involves managing the symptoms and using medication to suppress the immune system. Although less prevalent than other forms of hepatitis, researchers are still uncertain how common autoimmune hepatitis is in the population. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive […]