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liver

Liver & Gallbladder
May 26, 2017

Let’s get to know your liver

Your liver. Just the name itself is quite innocuous, isn’t it? It may not be the most glamorous organ in your body, but it’s one of the most hardworking. Think of your liver as a powerful engine. It’s responsible for lots of functions, from detoxification and producing bile, to controlling the way fat and amino acids in your body work. Large and in charge Your liver is the largest internal organ in your body*. It is crucial in keeping your body functioning properly. This powerhouse sits in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen, just underneath your ribs. Amongst its…
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Infections
April 29, 2017

The ABCs of hepatitis

Hepatitis simply means that the liver is inflamed. This can be caused by various things. Some substances (like excessive alcohol and certain medications) are toxic to the liver. There are also some infectious causes of hepatitis. When a hepatitis virus reaches your liver, it infects their cells and multiplies inside them. The body's immune system tries to destroy these cells. This attack by white blood cells causes liver-cell damage and inflammation. Chronic viral hepatitis can cause irreversible liver damage. Types Hepatitis A, B and C viruses are unrelated to one another, but all target the liver. Hepatitis A is a…
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 24, 2016

Boozing: how much is too much?

Alcohol can be enjoyable and get a good buzz going, especially when the festive season arrives. When you’re having a great time, it’s difficult to keep track of the amount of booze you’re throwing back, but it’s important to protect your health. And, to do this, you need to know your drinking limits. (more…)
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Infections
July 28, 2015

The different types of hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammation or swelling of the liver, and it can be the result of a viral infection or over-exposure to harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol. There are three main types of hepatitis, and while some types pass without causing permanent liver damage, others can be present for years and cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), and in serious cases liver failure. (more…)
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General knowledge
April 5, 2015

Human kidneys – Two for the price of one!

Now wouldn't that be something? Walking into your local grocer and simply ringing up 2 new organs when yours start to fail you. Imagine a world where you can replace your kidneys, your heart, and your liver as easily as the milk that’s gone bad in your fridge!? (more…)
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Infections
July 28, 2014

What is hepatitis?

The word hepatitis means an inflammation of the liver without stating a specific cause, and that inflammation is usually a symptom of an illness or a condition. (more…)
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