The Week in Review: October 6 – October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 News Recap: Research & Discoveries After an intense hunt, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) can now describe an important part of the disease's guerrilla tactics: how hepatitis C converts innocent cells into outright virus factories.  How hepatitis C hides in the body. Apparently, liver cancer can be caught at an early stage through a newly developed blood test, improving the odd...

Hospice care may come too late for patients with chronic liver disease

Patients with chronic liver disease, such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C, had significantly longer hospital length of stay, annual health care charges and shorter hospice length of stay compared with other patients, according to recently published data. “Although many experts have advocated for the expansion of hospice care to persons dying of all chronic illnesses including those patients without canc

Study Examines Palliative Care Trends in Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease

A new study has uncovered low rates of referral for palliative care in US patients with end-stage liver disease, although rates have been slowly increasing over time. The Hepatology study also found that certain socioeconomic and ethnic barriers may hinder access to palliative care services. I wonder if there is a similar study for Canada? Individuals with end-stage liver disease, an illness that can develop after the progression of chronic liver di

Encephalopathy

Encephalopathy & Coma   What is hepatic encephalopathy? Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a disorder of mental activity, neuromuscular function and consciousness that occurs as a result of either chronic or acute liver failure. This complex neuropsychiatric syndrome is primarily caused by metabolic abnormalities. The syndrome may occur spontaneously or be induced by some precipitating factor and may be reversible by improvement in liver fu...