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31 Days of Wellness: The 2016 Edition

Every January, Dr. Joe Galati put together a series of wellness articles airmed at the general consumer, to give them ideas on how to think about their health differently. Below is the series - as of today, all on one page, to review and share with your friends and family. Starting the Year off RightBest Exercise App for Yor Phone Wellness and Gut Bacteria 7-Minutes to Fit: Great Little Exercise Book Don't Eat Packaged Food! Food Labels-BEWARE Reducing the Pill Count: Too Many Meds to Take Cancer Death Rate Down-Video Blog Sipping Ourselves to Death Avocado-Eat More      

Dr. Rashid Khan Discusses Fatty Liver Disease

Dr. Rashid Khan just posted the top five reasons to be concerned with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A growing public health concern, fatty liver continues to cause a wide range of medical complication that need to be taken seriously. If you have fatty liver, you need further evaluation. Read his blog entry here.

Symptoms of Hepatic Encephalopathy: What You Need to Know

Hepatic encephalopathy is a complication of advanced liver disease related to cirrhosis. It occures in all causes of cirrhosis, and is related to a build-up of toxins in the nervous system. A recent blog entry by Dr. Joe Galati outlines the top five symptoms that are seen. Read the blog entry here. AASLD Guidelines on Hepatic Encephalopathy for a more detailed review.

Dr. Galati's Town Hall Meeting: November 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Houston's Health Museum

Save the date! Dr. Galati's first Town Hall Meeting, which is being called the "Wake-Up Call, will take place at Houston's Health Museum, on Thursday, November 5, 2015, starting at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by Your Health First Education, the mission of this event is to provide the lay public with the tools necessary to engage themselves, and those closest to them, in a discussion of health and wellness. So many complications of various diseases could be prevented, or diagnosed earlier, reducing complications, and far better outcomes. This "wake-up call" is to tell everyone that being a bit more aware of their body, and better understanding of how it works, will lead to far improved health and happiness. Information about the event: Location: Houston Health Museum Address: 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas 77004 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Free parking, …

New Hepatitis C Drug Approved

Today, the FDA approved the latest drug to treat hepatitis C. Manufactiured by Gilead, a combination of Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir, it has a better than 95% cure rate. Called Harvoni, it will be available shortly for patients. For more information, call our office at 713-794-0700 for more details.    

Hepatitis C, Exercise, and the Value to Patients

Over the past several years, has been growing research evidence that individuals that have hepatitis C are at  greater risk for developing scarring in the liver, fibrosis, and eventual development of cirrhosis. These patients also are likely to be overweight, have a superimposed fatty liver, diabetes, and increased levels of insulin circulating in their blood. All of these features trigger inflammation throughout the body, and especially in the liver, putting them at risk for damage and scar tissue development.   We previously have discussed the role of diet and hepatitis C, and the simple truth is that there is no special diet specific for hepatitis C. We always recommend a diet high in fruits and vegetables, fresh lean meat, chicken, and fish, and the avoidance of processed foods. These processed foods are high and salt, sugar, and fat. They have very little …

Hepatitis C Research Opportunities with Dr. Joseph Galati: 2013

Listed below are the updated hepatitis C research protocols that Liver Specialists of Texas and Dr. Galati are currently conducting. The studies are in various stages of enrollment, and some may have already met the limit of how many patients we can enroll. A PDF version is available here.   New studies are being added every few weeks, so depending on your situation, and past experience with hepatitis C treatment, new opportunities may be available soon.   Currently, the ongoing studies are making use of both interferon based therapies, as well as interferon-free therapies. It is probable that the next wave of FDA approvals will be for the interferon-free protocols.   Kindly call Dee Wade at 713-794-0700 to inquire about hepatitis C research opportunities.     Research Specialists of Texas List of Ongoing Studies   No. Sponsor Protocol # Protocol …

Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

Indications for liver transplant include:

Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.