Hepatitis C Cases Rising: Do You Need to Be Tested?

As the number of new hepatitis C virus infections keeps rising, federal health authorities are urging people at risk to get tested. Nearly half of people living with the virus don’t know they’re infected. Many people don’t have any symptoms. Left untreated, people can develop liver cirrhosis, which can cause liver cancer. They can also […]

Four in 10 Cancers Linked to Tobacco Use

Although fewer adults nationwide smoke cigarettes, 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States are linked to tobacco use, a report finds. The new federal statistics are a somber reminder that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products such […]

CDC to Baby Boomers: Get Screened for Hepatitis C

Federal health authorities are repeating their call for people born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested for hepatitis C in light of two new studies that underscore the importance of testing and treatment. Despite effective treatments available, the number of Americans dying as a result of hepatitis C reached an all-time high in 2014, […]

World Hepatitis Day: Experts Urge Prevention, Testing and Treatment

Millions of people have hepatitis – inflammation of the liver – but most of them do not know they are infected. Viral hepatitis, which includes Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, according to the World Health Organization. It causes acute and chronic liver disease. Nearly […]

Binge Drinking Affects Middle-Aged Americans

Binge drinking is not just a college campus problem. A new report shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are most common among middle-aged adults. More than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers […]

Obesity, Related Diseases Can Shorten Lifespan

For many Americans, losing weight is not just about fitting into smaller clothes and feeling better; it’s a critical health issue. In fact, obesity takes about 6 and a half years off a person’s lifespan, a new study has found. Those who are the most obese, which means they have a body mass index above […]

Baby Boomers At High Risk for Hepatitis C

This blog was contributed by Dr. Mitchell Shiffman of the Liver Institute of Virginia. More than 3 million Americans have Hepatitis C (HCV), but up to 75 percent of them don’t know they have it. Hepatitis C often doesn’t show symptoms until it has already caused serious, irreversible liver damage. Baby Boomers born between 1945 […]

Weight-loss Surgery Can Reduce Liver Damage, Research Finds

Bariatric surgery is best known for its ability to help patients lose substantial weight, but it can also result in significant improvement in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, according to new research. Researchers at the University of South Florida-Tampa found that bariatric surgery resolved liver inflammation and reversed early-stage liver fibrosis, the thickening and scarring of […]

Use Exercise and Healthy Diet to Help Avoid Cancer

More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year. Nearly 600,000 people will die from cancer this year as well, according to estimates. Cancer maintains its rank as the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for roughly one in four deaths. It’s why scientists […]

A Week After World Hepatitis Day: Have You Followed Up?

World Hepatitis Day, a day geared towards raising awareness about hepatitis B and C and encourage diagnosis and treatment, was just observed on July 28th. You may have noticed the graphics and news stories on social media. But in the busy modern world, it’s easy to have an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude and not follow up […]