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British hospitals face serious shortage of liver specialists

Despite rising rates of alcohol- and obesity-related liver disease, fewer than 1 in 3 UK hospitals employ a full-time liver specialist Fewer than one in three hospitals employ a full-time doctor who specialises in liver …

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Walter Trout has been given the gift of life and now he wants to help others

Without the funding that supports research and new developments in care and without people agreeing to donate their organs, Walter would not be alive today. He now feels he wants to give something back and …

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Call to action on Prescription Charges in Northern Ireland

In February 2015, the Minister of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSSPS) mooted the possibility of reintroducing a form of prescription charge to pay for a Specialist Medicines Fund. British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland …

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A month off drinking shows major health benefits

Results of a second study at the Royal Free Hospital in London showed drinkers should take a month off alcohol to prevent serious illness. They cited dramatic British research showing how abstention can heal the …

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Yellow Alert app to promote early diagnosis of infant liver disease launched

A new smartphone app from Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) will enable health visitors to identify the signs of serious liver disease in newborn babies more quickly and easily. The app, which has been endorsed …

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Latest HE report highlights the need for improved holistic care and treatment

Today saw the launch of a new call to action report ‘Time to DeLiver: Getting a Grip on HE’ at the European Parliament in Brussels. This is the first report from Europe to highlight the …

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NICE recommends device as potential alternative to liver biopsy

New NICE guidance recommends a device that could save thousands of people from needing an invasive procedure to diagnose and monitor liver damage.  The NICE guidance supports the NHS using the device, Virtual Touch Quantification …

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Obesity and Men’s Health

In an article published today for Men’s Health magazine, the Trust’s Chief Executive talks about obesity and how liver disease is a less well known but serious consequence. Liver disease is now the third most …

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RCN launches framework to improve care for liver patients

The RCN has launched a revised competence framework to help improve nursing care for people with liver disease. Launched today at the British Liver Nurses’ Forum’s 17th Annual Conference, the framework aims to support those …

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HTA Guide to Consent and Organ Donation

As part of National Transplant Week, the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) – regulator for human tissue and organs – has published a guide to consent and organ donation, which has been developed in collaboration with …

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