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Nola Gruneisen
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Five Years of Regular Aspirin Use Helps Prevent Common Liver Cancer

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that taking a regular aspirin is associated with a dose-dependent reduction in the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, one of the most common liver cancers.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Effectively Reduces Weight and Lowers Risk of Post- Liver Transplant Complications in Obese Patients

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that weight-loss surgery prior to liver transplantation is superior to medical weight loss approaches at achieving sustained weight loss, as well as significantly lowering risk of metabolic complications after transplant.

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Clinically Significant Liver Toxicity Related to Anti-Cancer Drugs is Rare but Often Leads to Discontinuation of Treatment

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors rarely develop severe liver toxicity, but the majority of those who do permanently stop this cancer treatment. None of the patients developed liver failure as a result of this treatment.

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Liver Cancer Combined with Other Liver Diseases Driving Higher Death Rate and Health Care Costs for US Seniors

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that hospitalizations and death are increasing among Medicare recipients with hepatocellular carcinoma, mainly due to co-existing alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis C virus infection (commonly called HCV) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (commonly called NAFLD).

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People with Hepatitis C Who Actively Inject Illegal Drugs Have High Rates of Hepatitis C Treatment Adherence and Cure

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that people who inject drugs who are infected with the hepatitis C virus have high rates of hepatitis C treatment adherence (completion of their treatment), and sustained virologic response.

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

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that African-American patients on waitlists for liver transplantation, despite severe disease and high scores for prioritization, persistently face significant disparities and delays in referral.

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Combined Glecaprevir and Pibrentasvir Found Highly Effective in Chronic Hepatitis C Patients Who Have Failed Other Therapies

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found the combination of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir is highly effective and well tolerated in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (commonly called HCV) genotype-1 infections who have prior treatment experience with sofosbuvir/NS5A inhibitor.

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Universal Hepatitis C Screening of Pregnant Women More Cost-Effective Than Risk-Based Approach

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that universal screening of pregnant women at risk for hepatitis C virus (commonly called HCV) infection is a more efficient and cost-effective diagnostic approach than risk-based screening.

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Patients Have Higher Rates of All Non-Liver-Related Cancers

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that rates of malignancy occurring outside of the liver were higher in adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease than among adults across most types of cancers.

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Normothermic Machine Perfusion Can Salvage Fatty Livers for Transplantation

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that using normothermic machine perfusion to preserve steatotic livers leads to altered lipid structure and metabolism and may result in more successful transplantation of these organs.

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Preemptive Antiviral Therapy Prevents Chronic Hepatitis C Infection in Heart Transplant Patients Who Receive Infected Donor Organs

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that pre-emptive administration of pan-genotypic, direct-acting antiviral therapy prevents chronic hepatitis C virus infection in hepatitis C-negative cardiac transplant patients who receive donor hearts infected with the virus.

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Under-Immunization Still a Major Problem in Pediatric Liver Transplant Patient Population

November 9, 2018
Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that more than half of pediatric liver transplant recipients are under-immunized at the time of their transplant and are at increased risk for vaccine-preventable infections.

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Can You Inherit a Fatty Liver?

October 20, 2017
Serum metabolites associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may be heritable, according to research presented this week at The Liver Meeting®.

http://www.aasld.org/about-aasld/press-room/can-you-inherit-fatty-liver

Cardiovascular Risk in Women with Fatty Liver Disease: Risk is Not Equal Opportunity

October 20, 2017
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is associated with significantly higher risk of subsequent cardiovascular events in women, but not in men, according to research presented this week at The Liver Meeting®.

http://www.aasld.org/about-aasld/press-room/cardiovascular-risk-women-fatty-liver-disease-risk-not-equal-opportunity

Deaths Rates of Liver Cirrhosis Exceed Those of 5 Major Cancers

October 20, 2017
A new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that liver cirrhosis mortality is greater than that of five major cancers, implying the development of appropriate interventions to treat or prevent liver cirrhosis must be prioritized.

http://www.aasld.org/about-aasld/press-room/deaths-rates-liver-cirrhosis-exceed-those-5-major-cancers

Direct‐Acting Antiviral Therapy Cuts Liver Cancer Risk By 71%

October 20, 2017
A new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that eradication of the hepatitis C virus induced by direct‐acting antiviral medications is associated with a 71 percent reduction in the risk of liver cancer.

http://www.aasld.org/about-aasld/press-room/direct%E2%80%90acting-antiviral-therapy-cuts-liver-cancer-risk-71

One Liver. Two Saved Lives.

October 20, 2017
A new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that increased utilization of split liver transplantation (sharing a donor liver between one pediatric and one adult patient) could decrease the number of children who die awaiting liver transplantation without decreasing liver transplantation access for adult patients.

http://www.aasld.org/about-aasld/press-room/one-liver-two-saved-lives

Pregnancy Rates on the Rise Among Women with Chronic Liver Disease

October 20, 2017
A new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® found that the overall number of pregnancies in women with chronic liver disease or following liver transplantation has risen over the past 30 years. In addition, the proportion of full‐term pregnancies has increased significantly over that time period, and most women had favorable pregnancy outcomes.

http://www.aasld.org/about-aasld/press-room/pregnancy-rates-rise-among-women-chronic-liver-disease

February 14, 2019

This month, I am delighted to highlight some very important and innovative AASLD programs that encourage member and patient engagement, extend our mission, and promise to be gratifying experiences for all who take the plunge.

February 12, 2019
Liver cysts are abnormal growths that can develop in the liver. They are uncommon, and most people with liver cysts do not have symptoms. If they begin to cause pain or other issues, a doctor may recommend surgical removal of the cyst. Learn more here.
February 10, 2019

Many members may not be fully aware that the Governing Board is guided by a Strategic Plan, a forward-thinking document that focuses us on the path to achieve our mission and assure the preeminence of AASLD in the years ahead.

February 7, 2019
Healthcare professionals may use abdominal ultrasounds to diagnose pancreas, liver, and stomach issues. The procedure requires very little preparation, and there are very few risks. Learn more about abdominal ultrasounds here.