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Welcome to the Liver Specialists of Texas newsletter of upcoming events, articles, and more from our membership.

Podcast: Pregnancy and Cirrhosis
This podcast discusses the effect of cirrhosis on pregnancy. While women that have cirrhosis get pregnant less often, when women with cirrhosis do become pregnanct, there are added concerns and dangers. Complications include and increased risk of bleeding esophageal varicies, worsening hepatic function, internal bleeding, and hepatic encephalopathy. Details from the article are posted below. Esophageal Varicies Esophageal variceal bleeding has been reported in 18% to 32% of pregnant women... [More Info]
Podcast: Normal Liver Enzymes in Fatty Liver Disease Still A Danger
Fatty liver disease remains a very big public health problem for all of us. This podcast reviewes a recent article in the journal Hepatology that discusses the impact of normal liver enzymes on the progression of fatty liver. Their findings suggest that patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, who have normal liver enzymes, remain at risk for disease progression. It does not appear that having normal enzymes protects you from further damage. Additionally, having signs of insulin... [More Info]
Healthy Breakfast for School Kids
Dr. Galati recently reported for News Radio 740 KTRH the importance of breakfast in children heading off to school. Here is the transcript of the podcast that can be listened to. School will be starting in the next couple of weeks, and now is the time to begin thinking about your students health and what you need to do to have a healthy and productive school year. A health breakfast is one of the most important things you can do for your child. Never allow your child to skip or skimp on... [More Info]
Do You Know Your ALT? A Podcast Moment
Podcast Transcript below: Over the years, we have all become programmed to know certain numbers related to your health, including you cholesterol levels, including the good and bad cholesterol numbers, your blood pressure, values of your body mass index, and for men, their PSA values. Now I have one more you need to know: your ALT or amino alanine transaminase. Any elevated level of ALT often suggest the existence of other medical problems such as alcoholic or viral hepatitis, fatty liver... [More Info]


Releases for 26-Aug-08 to 25-Sep-08
New Hepatitis C Research Study to Begin
Dr. Joseph S. Galati and Liver Specialists of Texas are pleased to announce the start of a new investigational study for patients with... [More Info]

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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.