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PHE launches local authority liver disease profiles

Public Health England has today launched the local Liver Disease Profiles which reveal significant variation in mortality rates across the country. Liver disease is the only major cause of mortality and morbidity which is on …

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NHS alcohol-related admissions in England nears 10 million in 2012-13

A new map of alcohol harm published today by the charity Alcohol Concern shows that the total number of alcohol-related NHS admissions (including inpatient, outpatient and A&E visits) reached nearly 10 million in England during …

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US Study published on benefits of coffee and the liver

The debate about the potential  beneficial effects of coffee on the liver has been reignited by the publication in the US of the results of a study from the National Cancer Institute that suggests decaffeinated …

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Public Health England & NHS prepare for unpredictable flu season

At-risk audiences urged to take up free flu vaccination Public Health England’s (PHE) national seasonal flu campaign launches from today, encouraging uptake of the influenza (flu) vaccine among the most at-risk groups. The campaign – …

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NICE recommends alcohol dependency drug

Alcohol dependent patients in England could have access to a new drug to help control their drinking habits as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued final draft guidance backing the use …

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Alcohol MUP more effective than “below cost” selling ban

An article published yesterday in the British Medical Journal examines the results of a complex modelling study by the University of Sheffield investigating the potential benefits of minimum unit pricing for alcohol versus a ban …

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Annual flu campaign launched in Wales

The annual flu immunisation programme in Wales is now underway in time for the coming flu season – and those with chronic liver disease are being urged by authorities to take up their free vaccination …

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Regional hotspots of alcohol related liver disease highlighted

New figures published today show that areas of the North West and North East of England have the highest rate of emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease in the country. The Health and Social …

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Effects of drinking in pregnancy study published

Binge drinking during pregnancy can increase the risk of mental health problems (particularly hyperactivity and inattention) in children aged 11 and can have a negative effect on their school examination results, according to new research …

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Patients unable to give up alcohol refused liver transplants

A press article issued today states that 160 patients over the last five years were refused a life saving liver transplant as they were unable to convince their medical teams that they could stop drinking. …

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