Kids! Play outdoor to keep fatty liver disease at bay

Kids! Play outdoor to keep fatty liver disease at bayLondon, April 14 - Parents, let the kids play in the sun if you want them to keep non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) at bay as a research has confirmed links between low vitamin D and Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

NAFLD refers to fat build-up in liver cells in people who do not drink alcohol excessively.

Liver ailments rise in Kerala

Liver ailments rise in KeralaThiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 : Over the last two census periods, liquor consumption in Kerala has grown a staggering 140 percent. As a result, experts say, liver ailments are on the rise in the state.

Obesity ‘increases risk of liver cirrhosis in middle-aged men’

 Obesity ‘increases risk of liver cirrhosis in middle-aged men’  Washington, June 8: Obesity carries a greatly increased risk of cirrhosis of the liver in middle-aged men, a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy has revealed.

"Given the increasing problem of overweight in Sweden, there is reason to fear that more people will develop cirrhosis of the liver," said Jerzy Kaczynski, docent at the Sahlgrenska Academy and doctor at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Curcumin could slow liver disease: Study

Indian-SpicesLondon, March 26 : The Indian spice curcumin may slow down the progress of liver disease, a study has shown.

The substance, which gives the spice turmeric its bright yellow colour, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders.

Previous studies also suggested it has anti-inflammatory properties and works as an antioxidant.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease patients at greater risk

Liver-DiseaseLondon, Jan 28 : Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) - where the liver has trouble breaking down fats causing a build up in the organ tissue - suffer a higher risk of mortality than the general population, says a Swedish study.

The research, led by Cecilia Sodenberg of the Karolinska Institute, evaluated 256 male and female subjects between the ages of 33-57 who had undergone a liver biopsy (between 1980-1984) due to elevated liver enzymes.

Individuals with specific gene variant at higher fatty liver risk

London, Sept 26 : Researchers at UT South-western Medical Centre have revealed that individuals who carry a specific form of the gene are at an increased risk of developing fatty liver disease.

The study showed that people carrying variant of gene PNPLA3 have more fat in their livers and are at a greater risk of developing liver inflammation.

Moreover, Hispanics were more likely to carry the gene variant responsible for higher liver-fat content than African-Americans and Caucasians.

Body puts cells ''under arrest'' to protect against liver disease

Body puts cells ''under arrest'' to protect against liver diseaseWashington, Aug 22 : Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have found that a stable form of cell-cycle arrest, known to offer potent protection against cancer, also limits liver fibrosis - a condition characterized by an excess of fibrous tissue.

Liver molecule Ashwell receptor reduces mortality during sepsis

liverLondon, May 19 : In a new study, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the Ashwell receptor, a molecule present in liver of all animals, plays a key role in reducing the coagulation abnormalities during infection and sepsis, significantly improving the probability of survival.

Early-onset paternal obesity linked to increased risk for liver disease in child

Washington, April 2: Obesity in KidsResearchers from the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) have found that a history of early-onset paternal obesity increases the likelihood of elevated liver enzyme levels in offspring.

In the study, the researchers found that participants with paternal early-onset obesity had higher serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels than those without paternal obesity.

Liver disease may reduce cardiovascular fitness

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver DiseaseWashington, Mar 25: A new study at University of California San Francisco has revealed that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may lower cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, body composition and physical fitness.

NAFLD is fatty inflammation of the liver related to insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. It is the most common cause of abnormal liver enzymes.

Miracle cure for liver fibrosis on the anvil

Liver FibrosisWashington, Dec 27: A study on mice has shown that fibrosis in the liver can not only be stopped but also reverse some of the cell damage that has already occurred, paving way for the development of a modified protein leading to the first cure for such liver diseases.

Shorter legs raise risk of liver disease

Washington, Dec 18: Having short legs may not be a good thing, especially for your liver say researchers who found that there is a link between short legs and an increased risk of liver disease.

This research adds to the evidence linking leg length and health and is based on nearly 4300 women between the ages of 60 and 79, who had been randomly selected from 23 British towns.

The researchers measured standing and seated height to include leg and trunk length, and took blood samples in order to measure levels of four liver enzymes, ALT, GGT, AST and ALP.

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