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New Research Study: Fatty Liver Disease (NASH)

We have started screening for a new research study for those patients with fatty liver disease, also known as NAFLD and NASH. The study is a randomized, double-blind, controlled, multi-center phase 2 study evaluating the role of two medications called Roflumilast and pioglitazone.

Study candidates will receive one or both medicines, and will be evaluated to determine the degree of fat in the liver, as well as improvements in their liver enzymes (ALT and AST).

Participants will need to first meet all eligibility criteria of the study. Once enrolled in the study, all treatment related medicines, testing, and care will be paid for by the sponsor of the study. The study will last approximately 5 months.

If interest, contact our office at 713-794-0700 and ask for Paula.

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Second Opinion in Hepatitis: Videoconferencing Between Houston and the World

Each week, I receive dozens of e-mails from followers of our social media sites (Twitter, YouTube, FaceBook, Your Health First, and Liver Specialists of Texas) seeking assistance regarding some form of liver disease they are suffering from, or one of their relatives. I usually respond back with some direction they should head in, or ask if they are available to travel to Houston for a face-to-face evaluation.

As technology improves, the availability of videoconferencing has never been easier. Working with Houston based software developers, there is now the opportunity to participate in a second opinion program with experts in liver disease in our practice. Because there is such variability in everyone’s home or work connectivity to the internet, we plan on supplying you with the needed technology to connect.

The savings of not having to travel to Houston, hotel and food charges, lost wages, and time, makes this an economically sensible alternative.

Second opinions in all aspects of liver disease will be available, including abnormal liver tests, fatty liver disease, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, cirrhosis, liver cancer, alcohol related liver disease, liver transplant, hemochromatosis, and autoimmune disease of the liver. The cost for this service will be based on a minimum of a 30 minute consultation, allowing for additional time at 15 minute increments. Medical records, x-ray reports and films, biopsies, and past consultations will be reviewed.

Feedback on this program is important to us. Please let us know what you think.

For additional information, contact Dee at (713) 634-5103.

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Obesity in Children: More to Discuss

Obesity in Children: More to Discuss

Ok…so more bad news on childhood obesity. Studies this past week point to the fact that obese children have a far greater chance of not living past 55 years of age. Another way to put it…the children of today may not live as long as their parents. What a statement about our society. Last week, Michelle Obama launched her new effort to address this very issue. Hats off to her. This is a huge subject to tackle. It won’t be easy, and she will need all the help she can get.

Bottom line message on childhood obesity:

Parents, please wake up and look at your children. Look at what they eat. Look at how they spend their time. Look at how much time they spend on the couch doing nothing. Look at how much computer screen time they have every day. Look at what they eat for lunch. Look at what they have for snacks. Look at yourself in the mirror and see what kind of example you are setting.

A recent editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine (Download Childhood obesity) is a worthwhile read for all those interested.

What’s your take on this?

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