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Fermented soshiho-tang with Lactobacillus plantarum enhances the antiproliferative activity in vascular smooth muscle cell

Posted March 2, 2014

Soshiho-tang (SST) is a traditional medicine widely used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis. SST has been shown to confer a variety of pharmacological activities, including prevention of hepatotoxicity, promotion of liver regeneration, and modulation of liver fibrosis. In this study, we investigated the antiproliferative activity of native and fermented (FSST) formulations of SST in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and examined the potential underlying mechanisms driving these effects.

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Low-Fat or Low-Calorie Diet Improves Hepatitis C

Posted August 29, 2013

A diet plan that includes a low-fat diet or a low-calorie diet along with adequate exercise or physical activity could benefit overweight patients with hepatitis C infection, reveals recent study.

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Effects of lifestyle changes including specific dietary intervention and physical activity in the management of patients with chronic hepatitis C — a randomized trial

Posted August 14, 2013

In patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC), obesity is involved in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance, fatty liver disease and progression of fibrosis. The objective of this study was to compare a normoglucidic low-calorie diet (NGLCD) with a low-fat diet (LFD) among participants with CHC. Aimed to measure the impact of dietary changes in reduction of insulin resistance, obesity but also in steatosis and fibrosis.

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Low Vitamin D Linked to Hepatitis B

Posted June 10, 2013

Vitamin D deficiency might be a key player in hepatitis B (HBV) replication, researchers reported. Low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D predicted high levels of the virus and vice versa, said Christian Lange, MD, and colleagues at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, in a retrospective case-control study.

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Zinc May Improve Long-term Outcome of Hepatitis C

Posted December 26, 2012

A randomized, controlled study involving 62 hepatitis C patients with chronic hepatitis (CH) or liver cirrhosis (LC) from 09/1999 – 01/2001, followed for 6 -7 years, found that long-term zinc supplementation therapy may improve liver pathology and reduce the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Treatment group received 150 mg oral polaprezinc administered per day (n=32) and the control group (n=30) did not receive zinc.

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Zinc May Improve Long-term Outcome of Hepatitis C

Posted December 21, 2012

A randomized, controlled study involving 62 hepatitis C patients with chronic hepatitis (CH) or liver cirrhosis (LC) from 09/1999 – 01/2001, followed for 6 -7 years, found that long-term zinc supplementation therapy may improve liver pathology and reduce the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

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Inhibitory effects of crude extracts from some edible Thai plants against replication of hepatitis B virus and human liver cancer cells

Posted December 7, 2012

Edible plants such as Cratoxylum formosum (Jack) Dyer, Curcumin longa Lin, Momordica charantia Lin and Moringa oleifera Lam have long been believed in Thai culture to relieve ulcers and the symptoms of liver disease. However, little is known about their anti-liver cancer properties and antiviral activity against hepatitis B virus (HBV). The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-liver cancer and anti-HBV activities of crude extracts from these edible plants on human liver cancer cells.

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Vitamin B12 May Boost Hep C Treatment

Posted July 19, 2012

Early research suggests that patients with chronic hepatitis C infections may improve their treatment response by also receiving vitamin B12. Investigators say adding B12 to standard therapy may boost the body’s ability to fight the virus.

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Drinking coffee helps hepatitis C treatment

Posted April 30, 2012

Drinking coffee may help treat hepatitis C, according to a new study. Freedman N. D. of the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland and colleagues reported in the June 2011 issue of Gastroenterology that drinking three or more cups of coffee per day helped hepatitis c treatment. Early epidemiologic studies have found high coffee consumption associated with reduced risk of liver cancer or hepatocelluar carcinoma. But the researchers wanted to know how drinking coffee may affect outcomes of hepatitis C treatment.

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Green Tea Flavonoid May Prevent Reinfection With Hepatitis C Virus Following Liver Transplantation

Posted April 30, 2012

German researchers have determined that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – a flavonoid found in green tea – inhibits the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from entering liver cells. Study findings available in the December issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, suggest that EGCG may offer an antiviral strategy to prevent HCV reinfection following liver transplantation.

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