AASLD News

Joint Gi Society Message: Racism, Social Injustice and Our Pledge To Lead Change

Dear Colleagues: The United States is experiencing the tragic consequences of racism. As health care providers, we have dedicated our lives to caring for our fellow human beings. Therefore, we are compelled to speak out against any treatment that results in unacceptable disparities that marginalize the vulnerable among us. As leaders of the four GI societies, AASLD, ACG, AGA, and ASGE, we stand

AASLD Releases Clinical Insight Guide For Treating Patients With Liver Disease And COVID-19

The American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) has released a clinical insight document for clinicians and frontline healthcare providers who are treating patients with liver disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joint Gi Society Message: COVID-19 Clinical Insights For Our Community Of Gastroenterologists And Gastroenterology Care Providers

The situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. There is recent evidence suggesting the potential for coronavirus transmission through droplets and perhaps fecal shedding posing potential risks during endoscopy and colonoscopy to other patients, endoscopy personnel, and ourselves.

Hepatology Communications Editorial Fellowship

Hepatology Communications, AASLD’s online Open Access journal, is seeking candidates who are interested in a year-long Editorial Fellowship. Download the Editorial Fellowship description. Each candidate should submit the following documents to Olivia Potvin at opotvin@bidmc.harvard.edu by December 31, 2020.

Matthew R. D’Uva To Join AASLD As CEO

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) has appointed Matthew R. D’Uva, FASAE, CAE, as its new chief executive officer, effective January 21, 2020.

African Americans Face Significant Delays in Liver Transplantation Despite High Priority Scores

Media Contact: Caroline Laurin Phone: (703) 299-9766 Onsite phone: (415)-978-3601 Email: media@aasld.org San Francisco – Preliminary data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that African-American patients on waitlists for liver transplantation, despite severe disease and high scores for prioritization

Innovative Machine Learning Tool Predicts Who Might Have Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that a machine-learning tool could successfully predict the risk of having non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) among patients with co-existing diseases.

All-Oral Direct-Acting Antiviral Treatments Improve Survival In Patients With HCV-Related Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that hepatitis C virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients who achieved sustained virologic response (SVR) – denoting an undetectable level of HCV virus - with any oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA) had over 60-70 percent improvement in five-year

Kratom, Botanical Supplement With Opioid-like Activity, May Cause Liver Toxicity And Injury

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that kratom, a popular and widely available product, may cause liver toxicity and severe liver injury. Kratom has stimulant effects at low doses, and sedative or narcotic, opioid-like effects at high doses.

Sexual Transmission Of Hepatitis C Low Among HIV-negative Men Who Have Sex With Men On PrEP

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found fewer new cases of hepatitis C infection (commonly called HCV), despite very high rates of other sexually-transmitted infections, in HIV-negative men who have sex with men who take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatments.

Pregnant Women With Cirrhosis Have Low Levels of Liver Decompensation Within a Year of Delivery

Media Contact: Caroline Laurin Phone: (703) 299-9766 Onsite phone: (617)-954-2945 Email: media@aasld.org Boston – Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and funded by the AASLD Foundation – found that less than two percent of pregnant women with cirrhosis had liver decompensation within one year of delivery

US Cirrhosis Patients Often Skip Or Delay Liver Cancer Surveillance Due To Cost And Lack Of Insurance

Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that cirrhosis patients in the U.S. have substantial financial burden, and this is associated with underuse of surveillance – the ongoing collection of health information– for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Improved intervention strategies are needed to

Could Combining Direct-Acting Antivirals With A Common Cholesterol Medication Open The Door To More Viable Organs For Transplantation?

ata from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that combination therapy with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) and ezetimibe─ a cholesterol medication that has also been shown to block the entry of hepatitis C (or HCV) into the bloodstream of uninfected people ─ given immediately before and seven days after

Global Hepatology Societies Call For Better HCV Testing And Access To Treatment

Four societies focused on liver disease research and treatment announced a global call-to-action initiative to simplify hepatitis C testing and treatment. The societies, in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), launched the initiative at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.