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 […]

Liver Disease / Hepatitis

Is there a cure for hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a curable liver infection that results from the hepatitis C virus. Without proper treatment, chronic hepatitis C infections can lead to severe complications, such as liver disease, liver scarring, and liver cancer. Up to 85% of people who contract hepatitis C develop chronic infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Liver Disease / Hepatitis

How does hepatitis C affect a person?

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. Over time, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause permanent liver damage. People usually contract HCV after coming into contact with blood that is infected with the virus. Acute HCV develops within the first 6 months of exposure to the virus. In around […]

Liver Disease / Hepatitis

What are the complications of hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. Without treatment, the virus can lead to complications, such as scarring and long term liver damage. This damage, in turn, increases the risk of liver cancer. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) primarily spreads between people through contact with contaminated blood. After contracting the […]