The Week in Review: August 4 – August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017 Research & Discoveries Melbourne scientists are creating mini-livers in a dish MELBOURNE scientists are creating mini livers in a dish using a world-first combination of human cells in an ambitious bid to grow liver tissue for transplants. The tiny experimental organs – developed from cells donated by cancer patients – will be used to test drugs and eventually treat disease. Routine hospital tool found to predict poor ...

Subcirrhotic Liver Stiffness Cuts HCC Risk in Hepatitis B

For patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), achievement of subcirrhotic range of liver stiffness (sc-LS) with antiviral therapy (AVT) is associated with reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. During the study period, the researchers found that after 2 years of AVT, 67.0% of patients achieved sc-LS and 13.4% of patients developed HCC. "The achievement of sc-LS af

Fibroscan update – New machine already installed in Victoria

The new Fibroscan machine is already installed at the Percuro Clinic in Victoria, and the nurses who will be using this non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy have been trained. They will be taking patient referrals in early 2013. Referrals are being taken primarily from liver specialists, so you must get your GP to refer you to a liver specialist if you want a Fibroscan. GPs who are prescribing and treating HCV patients directly may also refer, in some...

Vancouver Island getting FibroScan Machine in early 2013

In early 2013 Victoria's Percuro Clinic will start offering FibroScan (non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy) services on Vancouver Island. Appointments will be by referral to Percuro from a physician who treats hepatitis C. Currently, there are only three FibroScan machines in British Columbia, all in Vancouver: one at Vancouver General Hospital, another at Pacific Gastro Services and the last at the LAIR (Liver & Intestinal Research) Centre. This ...