Increased Hospitalization and Mortality in Patients With COVID-19 and Pre-existing Liver Disease

More than half of patients with COVID-19 have markers of liver injury, researchers report in Gastroenterology. However, patients with pre-existing liver disease, and even more so those with cirrhosis, have increased risks for hospitalizations and death, the study found. Shailendra Singh and Ahmad Khan studied the effects pre-existing liver disease

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  • COVID-19: AGA Practice Updates and Research Article Collection

COVID-19: AGA Practice Updates and Research Article Collection

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has created a special site to keep the gastroenterology and hepatology fields updated on clinical guidance, research findings, and physician resources for COVID-19. The COVID-19 Journal Collection provides links to all the articles on SARS-CoV-2 infection published in the AGA Journals. The latest news includes:

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  • Gastroparesis Caused by Hepatitis A Virus Infection

Gastroparesis Caused by Hepatitis A Virus Infection

Researchers describe a rare case of infectious gastroparesis caused by hepatitis A virus infection in the December issue of Gastroenterology. Amrit K. Kamboj et al report the case of a 33-year-old woman with a 10-day history of painless jaundice, decreased appetite, malaise, and pruritus. The patient did not have right

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  • Does Placement on a Distant Liver Waitlist Increase Chances of Transplantation?

Does Placement on a Distant Liver Waitlist Increase Chances of Transplantation?

Placement on a liver transplant waitlist outside of a patient’s home region can reduce mortality and increase odds of receiving a liver, researchers report in the October issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Strategies are needed to overcome geographic differences in access to livers for transplantation, which are more likely

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  • How Does Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Affect the Liver?

How Does Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Affect the Liver?

Adults with a severe form of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) caused by the Pi*Z mutation, and mice with the same genetic alteration, can have liver steatosis and impaired lipid secretion, researchers report in the September issue of Gastroenterology. The research team found factors associated with significant liver fibrosis in patients

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  • Efficacy and Safety of Besifovir Dipivoxil Maleate in a Phase 3 Trial of Patients With Chronic HBV Infection

Efficacy and Safety of Besifovir Dipivoxil Maleate in a Phase 3 Trial of Patients With Chronic HBV Infection

The efficacy of 48 weeks treatment with besifovir dipivoxil maleate (BSV) for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is comparable to that of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), with durable effects for 96 weeks, researchers report in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. BSV has a better safety profile

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  • Is it Cost Effective to Transplant HCV-positive Livers Into HCV-negative Patients?

Is it Cost Effective to Transplant HCV-positive Livers Into HCV-negative Patients?

A Markov-based mathematical model estimates that transplanting hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive livers into HCV-negative patients who have received direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents would be cost effective and improve outcomes, researchers report in the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. There has been a steady increase in the number of

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  • REVIEW: Combining CRISPR-Cas9 and Organoid Technologies to Study Gastrointestinal Diseases

REVIEW: Combining CRISPR-Cas9 and Organoid Technologies to Study Gastrointestinal Diseases

CRISPR-Cas9 technology can be used to engineer organoids for studies of gastrointestinal development and disease pathogenesis. In the February issue of Gastroenterology, Masayuki Fujii et al review derivation of organoids from human gastrointestinal tissues and how CRISPR-Cas9 has advanced studies of the digestive system. CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology allows researchers to

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  • 500 Posts by the AGA Journals Blog

500 Posts by the AGA Journals Blog

This week the AGA Journals Blog has reached an important milestone — its 500th post! The blog was started in 2010 to help disseminate the important discoveries published in the AGA Journals to a broader audience. Eight years and over 132,000 views later, it has updated its readers on everything from biomarkers for colon

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  • What are the Challenges to In Vitro Maturation of Hepatic Stem Cells?

What are the Challenges to In Vitro Maturation of Hepatic Stem Cells?

New approaches are needed to generate and maintain stable and mature adult liver cells ex vivo. In the April issue of Gastroenterology, Bart Spee and colleagues review factors that promote hepatocyte differentiation and maturation, and consider criteria for establishing whether cells derived from stem cells are fully mature hepatocytes. They discuss challenges to cell transplantation and

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