Why Women Who Don’t Drink Can Still Get Cirrhosis

You might think that men are more likely to develop cirrhosis than women because they drink alcoholic beverages much more often than women. But women actually are at higher risk of developing cirrhosis — even when they drink only half the amount of alcohol men drink. If you’re a woman, you may be at risk for developing cirrhosis, even if … Read More

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If You Have Liver Cancer, See How Treatments Have Evolved

Liver cancer is on the rise in the United States, but less-invasive laparoscopic surgery is easing treatment for some patients. Cancer of the liver is becoming more common due to such factors as hepatitis C, as well as another condition called non-alcohol fatty liver disease. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of liver cancer. … Read More

How to Avoid Surprising Risks of OTC Pain Medications

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use of common remedies such as Tylenol® or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve® and Advil®. Hong Shen, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic, cautions that using … Read More

How 3D Printing Makes Surgery More Personal

No two livers are exactly alike. This uniqueness creates difficulty for surgeons, who need to remove damaged areas of a liver while keeping healthy areas intact. Enter 3D printing. This technology creates highly accurate 3D models that surgeons can use as visual aids to prepare for each individual’s unique anatomy. That preparation is necessary with … Read More

Can Breathprints Spot Obesity Problems Early?

Imagine being diagnosed for a disease after simply blowing into a tube. Breath-testing may be the next big diagnostic tool — easy, painless, non-invasive. Exhaled breath can now be collected into a device and analyzed immediately. Breathprints are like fingerprints, unique to each individual. Breathprints ‘fill an urgent need’ A new Cleveland Clinic-based study of … Read More

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Research Triumphs Begin With Collaboration

Collaboration has always, and will always, further discoveries in science and medicine. Recently, I’ve witnessed the renewal of a six-year, $64.6 million dollar NIH grant awarded to Cleveland’s Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC). The grant will be shared by Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital Case Medical Center, MetroHealth System, and the Louis Stokes VA Medical … Read More