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How to identify a hepatitis C rash

How to identify a hepatitis C rash

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. The liver plays a role in other body systems, including the skin. As a result, hepatitis C may cause rashes and other changes in the skin. Hepatitis C can cause scarring in the liver and lead to further issues, such as liver failure. […]

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What is an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test?

What is an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test?

The liver makes several enzymes, including alanine aminotransferase, or ALT. These enzymes help break down proteins so that the body can digest them. Besides helping the liver break down proteins, ALT helps the liver perform its basic functions. Some of these include: filtering toxins from the blood storing nutrients and iron producing bile, which aids […]

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What to know about hepatitis C in men

What to know about hepatitis C in men

Men tend to experience the hepatitis C virus at higher rates than women. There are many factors that can put men at risk of contracting hepatitis C and experiencing its symptoms. However, scientists are unsure why this is the case. According to a 2014 study paper that appears in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, an […]

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What to know about the anti-smooth muscle antibody test

What to know about the anti-smooth muscle antibody test

Certain health conditions, including liver disease and hepatitis, cause the immune system to produce anti-smooth muscle antibodies. Doctors use a blood test to check for these antibodies. Anti-smooth muscle antibodies (ASMAs) attack several structural proteins in smooth muscle, affecting the liver and other tissues. The presence of ASMA in the blood indicates that a person […]

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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, […]