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Welcome to the Liver Specialists of Texas newsletter of upcoming events, articles, jobs and more from our membership. Keep up to date with the latest in liver disease news, as well as general health and wellness information. We all look forward to feed back, and topics in the future you would like to learn about.

 
March was Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Podcast
 
March was colon cancer awareness month. Listen to Dr. Galati's podcast here. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Colorectal cancer... [More Info]
 
 
An interview from Your Health First, this is an informative discussion with a dietitian, explaining the problems of too much salt in the American diet.
 
 
More on the excess salt (aka sodium) we all consume.
 
 
Read more about alcohol awareness.
 
 
This is a liver biopsy video, explaining in detail the procedure as performed by Dr. Galati and his team.
 
Mice Helping Unlock Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Treatments
In my blog this week, I highlighted a recent study looking at the use of mice livers, manipulated to look like human liver, that would allow researchers to use this mice to test new drugs agains the hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus. The full blog report is posted here. The full articles are also available for those wanting more detail. Enjoy.
 
Organ Donor Awareness Month: Broadcast from The Methodist Hospital
 
This past month, Your Health First broadcasted from the lobby of The Methodist Hospital, discussing organ donation with physicians, transplant receipents, and members of the LifeGift team.

For addition health and wellness information, tune into Talk Radio 740 KTRH every Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Your Health First, hosted by Dr. Galati. Go to www.yourhealthfirst.com for more details and program information.

     

    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.