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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Biliary Cholangitis

July 27, 2016

Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC,) formerly referred to as primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic disease of the liver. What is unique about this disease is the inflammation of the bile ducts that slowly kills liver cells and leads to cirrhosis of the liver. (1) The American Liver Foundation states that “women account for about 90 percent of PBC cases. It is most commonly diagnosed in patients between the age of 35 and 60.” (1)

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Knowing Your Liver: Hemochromatosis

July 20, 2016

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs and stores too much iron. “The extra iron builds up in several organs, especially the liver, and can cause serious damage.” (1) According to the National Institute of Health, “This disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States.”

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Knowing Your Liver: Gilbert Syndrome

July 13, 2016

One of the many functions of the liver is breaking down an orange-yellow pigment known as Bilirubin. Bilirubin is a “waste product primarily produced by the normal breakdown of ‘heme’” from hemoglobin in all red blood cells. (1) When bilirubin is not properly disposed of it causes a buildup in the bloodstream which can lead to jaundice. According to the American Liver Foundation, gilbert syndrome affects “three to seven percent of people in the United States” and “ is more common in men than women.” (3)

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Knowing Your Liver: Hepatitis C

July 6, 2016

Hepatitis C is a highly contagious virus that causes inflammation of the liver. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “approximately 75%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection.”

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Knowing Your Liver: Hepatitis B

June 29, 2016

Hepatitis B is a highly contagious disease that causes inflammation of the liver. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) calculates that “an estimated 850,000–2.2 million persons in the United States have chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Chronic infection is an even greater problem globally, affecting approximately 240 million persons.”

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Knowing Your Liver: Hepatitis A

June 22, 2016

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that causes inflammation of the liver. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) calculates that a great improvement has been made in the number of cases reported over the last 15 years; dropping from a staggering 30,000 in 1995 to a little over 1,200 in 2014.

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What Is Autoimmune Hepititis?

June 15, 2016

Autoimmune Hepatitis is a chronic, or long-lasting, disease that is caused when the body attacks its own liver cells, leading to inflammation and possible liver damage. Without diagnosis and treatment, hosts can fall victim to irreversible liver damage that has the potential of causing cirrhosis and even liver failure.

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Preventing Cirrhosis Of The Liver

June 8, 2016

According to the National Institute of Health, “Cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly 32,000 deaths each year.” Cirrhosis is a disease of the liver that occurs when the liver has been damaged by a longstanding chronic condition and is no longer able to function efficiently. (1)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: What Is Metabolic Syndrome

June 1, 2016

Metabolic_Syndrome.jpgMetabolic Syndrome is a combination of chronic conditions that, when a person is diagnosed with, can significantly increase their likelihood of developing serious forms of heart disease. The American Heart Association describes it as a “serious health condition that affects about 34 percent of adults and places them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls.”

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: Avoiding Venous Thromboembolism

May 25, 2016

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that forms inside of a vein which can cause a number of  serious, life-threatening conditions. (1) Between different types of VTE, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “60,000-100,000 Americans die” and “10 to 30% of people will die within one month of diagnosis.” (2)

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