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What does the SGOT blood test mean?

What does the SGOT blood test mean?

The SGOT test is a blood test. It helps to determine how well the liver is functioning by measuring levels of aspartate aminotransferase in the blood. Too much of this enzyme can indicate a problem, such as liver damage. Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) is an enzyme primarily found in the liver and heart. To a lesser […]

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Diagnosing hepatitis C with the hepatitis C antibody test

Diagnosing hepatitis C with the hepatitis C antibody test

The hepatitis C antibody test is the only way to check if a person has had the hepatitis C virus. The results can be complicated, as a positive test does not always mean someone has hepatitis C. Read on to understand more about the test and what the results indicate. Hepatitis C is a virus […]

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Fish oil may not be as healthful as you think, study finds

Fish oil may not be as healthful as you think, study finds

Fish oil is hailed for its plentiful health benefits. But new research suggests that the long-term consumption of fish oil or sunflower oil may increase the risk of fatty liver disease later in life. Researchers say that lifelong intake of fish oil or sunflower oil could raise the risk of fatty liver disease in later […]

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What is the relation between baby boomers and hepatitis C?

What is the relation between baby boomers and hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is transferred through the blood, with most cases of infection resulting from drug use and sharing needles. Baby boomers — those born between 1945 and 1965 — make up 80 percent of all chronic hepatitis C cases in the United States, […]

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Kiwi compound may prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Kiwi compound may prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

There is increasing evidence that we are what our mothers ate during pregnancy; if they consumed a high-fat diet, then we might suffer the consequences, be it obesity or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A new study, however, may have uncovered a way to prevent the latter. Researchers say PQQ — found in kiwi fruit — […]

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HCV RNA PCR test: Qualitative and quantitative results

HCV RNA PCR test: Qualitative and quantitative results

The HCV RNA PCR test is a blood test that helps doctors diagnose hepatitis C. The test is used to measure the level of the hepatitis C virus in the bloodstream. In this article, we look at how the test works and what the results mean. What is the HCV RNA PCR test? The HCV […]

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What to eat if you have hepatitis C

What to eat if you have hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver, causing inflammation and fibrosis. Sometimes called hep C or HCV, it is carried by the blood and other bodily fluids. Everything a person eats or drinks passes through the liver and is converted into energy or chemicals that allow the body to function normally. An untreated […]

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Hepatitis A-like virus identified in seals

Hepatitis A-like virus identified in seals

Scientists in the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have discovered a new virus in seals that is the closest known relative of the human hepatitis A virus. The finding provides new clues on the emergence of hepatitis A. The research appears in the July/August issue of mBio, […]