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Exposure to corticosteroids in patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) appears to contribute to increased risks of cataract, diabetes and bone fractures, a study has found. Notably, the fracture risk is elevated at low doses, while the risk of adverse events overall is dose-dependent and is reversible.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 08 Nov 2019

Adults hospitalized for liver abscess due to Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) could be treated with oral rather than intravenous (IV) antibiotics, according to a trial from Singapore.

06 Nov 2019
Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are effective for chronic hepatitis C even in elderly adults, resulting in respectable rates sustained virological response (SVR) independently of age, a recent study has shown.
29 Oct 2019
Patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may develop significant fibrosis in the absence of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), with risk factors including fasting hyperglycaemia, severe steatosis, mild inflammation and the PNPLA3 I148M variant, according to a recent study.
27 Oct 2019
Obeticholic acid (OCA) treatment elevates fibroblast growth factor 19 (FGF19) levels in human bile which may, in turn, lead to excess risk of gallstone development, a new study has found.
25 Oct 2019
Hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) is a strong predictor of 1-year mortality in cirrhotic patients undergoing elective extra-hepatic surgery, suggests a new study.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Oct 2019

Extended exposure to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may raise mortality risk in individuals with decompensated cirrhosis, according to a Singapore study.

Special Reports
Prof. Vincent Wong, Prof. Ray Kim, Dr. Tan Poh Seng, 10 Sep 2019
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains a major public health concern because of its worldwide distribution and potential adverse sequelae, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). At a recent symposium held during the GIHep Singapore 2019, Professor Vincent Wong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Professor Ray Kim from the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, US, discussed antiviral treatments for CHB, with a focus on the novel agent tenofovir alafenamide (Vemlidy®). Dr Tan Poh Seng from the National University Hospital, Singapore, chaired the symposium.
04 Dec 2017
Management of locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma aims to improve survival and to maintain the quality of life of patients, with less likelihood of cure due to the advanced nature of disease. Upon diagnosis of the severity of liver cancer, offering appropriate and proven treatment options is important to extend the survival of these patients.
14 Dec 2016
At the recent Annual Scientific Congress of the Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (GUT 2016), held at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, an expert from Hong Kong spoke on the role of direct-acting antivirals as well as pan-genotypic agents that are set to revolutionize hepatitis C treatment.
01 Dec 2016
An expert panel meeting on hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) was recently convened in Kuala Lumpur with the aim of discussing management practices in different hospital settings. Chaired by Professor Sanjiv Mahadeva, consultant gastroenterologist, University Malaya Medical Centre, the meeting saw local and regional experts share HRS cases they have encountered in their practice.
Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 10 May 2019

Treatment with the direct-acting antiviral (DAA) combination of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir led to encouraging sustained virological response (SVR) among individuals with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, results of two real-world studies presented at the International Liver Congress (ILC 2019) showed.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 May 2019

The trend in liver disease-related mortality in individuals with HIV has changed, with a reduction in the incidence of viral hepatitis-related deaths and an increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)-related deaths, according to a study presented at the International Liver Congress (ILC 2019).

Roshini Claire Anthony, 02 May 2019

Patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) may benefit from treatment with a 25 mg/day dose of obeticholic acid, according to the interim analysis of the phase III REGENERATE* study presented at the International Liver Congress (ILC 2019).

Audrey Abella, 30 Apr 2019
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD, or steatosis) was prevalent in a substantial number of young adults, suggesting an imminent public health crisis if left undiagnosed and untreated, according to data from a large UK trial presented at ILC 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 29 Apr 2019

Adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) who progress to advanced liver disease have an elevated risk of mortality compared with non-progressors, according to two separate studies conducted in Germany and France and presented at the International Liver Congress (ILC 2019).

Audrey Abella, 25 Apr 2019
Patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection treated with the nucleot(s)ide analogue tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) had a lower risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) than those treated with entecavir, according to data from a large observational study presented at ILC 2019.
Christina Lau, 22 Feb 2018

Cabozantinib, an oral inhibitor of multiple tyrosine kinases, significantly improves overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) whose disease progressed following sorafenib or other systemic therapies.

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