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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.    

Liver Specialists of Texas Newsletter August 2014

Untitled Document   Welcome to the Liver Specialists of Texas newsletter of upcoming events, articles, and more for our membership. All of us hope you are having a healthy and enjoyable summer. Below are listed some recent articles we have posted on our website, of intrest to our members.   Alcohol and the Effects on the Liver: A Basic Overview Our latest video posting discusses the basic aspects of alcohol, and its effects on the liver. You can view the video here on YouTube, or simply watch below. Additional links and information on alcohol can be found here.   Alcohol Awareness Month: Listen to a recent radio broadcast with Dr. Galati.   What's In Your Shopping Cart?  Read on and see what Dr. Galati shops for.   New Hepatitis C Drugs Released: Since January 2014, we have had new drugs …

Liver Specialists of Texas Newsletter February 2014

Untitled Document Welcome to the Liver Specialists of Texas newsletter of upcoming events, articles, and more from our membership.It has been a busy 2014 with the release of the two new drugs for hepatitis C. Excellent response rates and cure are now available. Call our office for an appointment to discuss they new treatment options and if now is a good time to be treated. New Hepatitis C Drugs FDA Approved  Very High Cure Rate with New Drug Sovaldi  There has been recent discussion regarding the role of liver transplant in patients with alcohol related liver disease. See the video below where Dr. Galati and Monsour discuss the current thinking.  Alcoholics and Transplant: A Video Review Patients awaiting liver transplant may be interested to watch this video that covers the MELD score, which is a system that decides which patients will receive a …

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.