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Increased Distance Reduces Likelihood of Liver Transplant

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Living and receiving health care further away from a transplant center was associated with lower chances of being wait-listed for or receiving a liver transplant, according to a study of U.S. veterans described in the March 26 edition of JAMA.

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Can Coffee Help Prevent Liver Fibrosis?

There is good evidence that coffee has a beneficial effect in people at risk for liver fibrosis and there are plausible biological mechanisms to explain why, according to an editorial in the January 27 advance online edition of Hepatology. However, the amount needed to see such an effect may be too high for many people to tolerate, they cautioned.

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FDA Warns of Hepatitis B Reactivation Risk with Immune-suppressing Cancer Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that it has approved labeling changes for 2 monoclonal antibody cancer drugs, ofatumumab (Arzerra) and rituximab (Rituxan), adding a stronger "black box" warning that they may cause hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation.

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ILCA 2013: High HBV Viral Load Raises Risk of Progression to Liver Cancer

Hepatitis B patients with high HBV DNA levels, indicating active viral replication, are more likely to experience progression of abnormal liver nodules to hepatocellular carcinoma, researchers reported at the 7th International Liver Cancer Association Annual Conference (ILCA 2013) last month in Washington, DC.

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Human Stem Cells Used to Create Functional Liver Cells in Mice

Researchers have discovered a way to generate functional hepatocytes (liver cells) from human stem cells, which worked as expected and increased survival when transplanted into mice with acute liver injury, researchers reported in the July 9, 2013, advance online edition of Stem Cells and Development.

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ICAAC 2013: Liver Cancer Often Diagnosed Late with Poor Survival in People with HIV

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is frequently diagnosed at an advanced stage in HIV positive people with hepatitis B or C coinfection, contributing to a high mortality rate that has changed little in recent years, according to a report at the recent 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC 2013) in Denver.

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DDW 2013: Does HBV Suppression Prevent Liver Disease Progression?

Chronic hepatitis B patients with cirrhosis may still experience liver disease progression even if they undergo antiviral treatment and achieve good virological response, according to a poster presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting (DDW 2013) last month in Orlando.

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