CDC researchers found that the rate of hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, in the U.S. increased by an average annual rate of 3.5% from 2001 to 2006. The researchers point to untreated chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections as primary reasons for the increase. They urged more screening and public awareness, as well as vaccination for hepatitis B, to prevent liver cancer.
Julia McWilliams had never heard of celiac disease before her diagnosis and was overwhelmed by the restrictions and cost of a gluten-free diet. The Connecticut woman says she sometimes calls food manufacturers while standing in the grocery store aisle to be sure products do not contain the ingredient.
Data from two studies showed obese women and men have higher risks of liver disease if they drink alcohol daily. One study found overweight and obese women had a higher risk of cirrhosis of the liver and that risk increased if they drank an average of a third to a half drink per day.
A recent study found one good source of fiber, dark rye bread, was better at maintaining bowel regularity than wheat bread among adults with constipation. Other tips for avoiding or easing constipation include drinking lots of water, exercising and getting enough magnesium.
Inactive carriers of the hepatitis B virus still are at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related death, researchers said. Older age and alcohol consumption were predictors of liver cancer and liver-related death among hepatitis B carriers.