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Carley Vogel, ALF blogger and patient advocateCarley V.

Hi I’m Carley Vogel. I’m 19 years old and reside in Atlanta, Georgia. I attend Montclair State University, majoring in Musical Theatre. I currently manage a chronic liver disease called Autoimmune Hepatitis. At the age of 12 I fell into complete liver failure…

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February 28th is Rare Disease Day!

Have you ever wondered what makes a disease a rare disease? Rare diseases are diseases which affect a small number of people compared to the general population. In Europe, a disease is considered rare when ...

Rare Liver Disease Month Focus: Rare Forms of Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is cancer that occurs in the liver. Primary liver cancer is cancer that begins in the cells of the liver. Secondary liver cancer develops when cancer cells from another part of the body ...

Liver Awareness Month: Hepatitis

Let’s Stop the Progression of Liver Disease Did you know that hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver? Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and an important part of our healing, or immune, ...

Carley’s Blog: Taking Precautions

In her newest blog post, Carley talks about her excitement about representing ALF as a liver advocate, and what she does to stay safe (and fashionable) as a person with compromised immunity during the pandemic ...

Autoimmune Hepatitis Q&A with Karin Cesario, MD

What is autoimmune hepatitis? “Hepatitis” is a general term meaning “inflammation of the liver.”  Many things can cause hepatitis including medications, viruses and alcohol.  In autoimmune hepatitis, the body’s immune system attacks liver cells leading ...

Carley’s Blog: Staying Healthy and Safe as a Student During COVID-19

In her second ALF blog post as a patient advocate living with Autoimmune Hepatitis, Carley answers important questions about how she stays connected and healthy, as well as how she's adjusting to life as a ...

Carley V: Blog Introduction

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Have PBC? You May Be at Risk for Another Autoimmune Disease

It is not uncommon for people affected by primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) to have at least one other autoimmune condition. To learn more, we turned to Dr. Craig Lammert, an expert on autoimmune liver diseases ...

Rodgers Raises Awareness for ALF and Liver Disease

The American Liver Foundation’s new ambassador, Will Rodgers, has a unique way of raising awareness about liver disease. As an up-and-coming NASCAR driver, Will brings his own perspective to the effort. Hawaiian-born Will, now 24, ...

ALF Names Dr. Houghton as 2018 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award Recipient

We're proud to announce Dr. Michael Houghton, Ph.D. as the 2018 recipient of our most prestigious recognition, the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award. Working with Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo at the Chiron corporation and Daniel ...

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)

By David Assis, MD Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) is a rare, chronic disease of the bile ducts with an unknown cause that results in scars and inflammation of the biliary system. Patients with PSC may ...

8 Things to Know About Autoimmune Disease

Chronic illnesses can be challenging. Those affecting the liver, like Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH), Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) and Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) are no exception. While research advances daily, there’s still much to learn. Here ...

Heroes

Stuart Connelly Liver Life Champion Around the time of my 26th birthday in April 2015, I was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Not the kind of birthday gift I had in mind. PSC is ...

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) occurs when bile ducts become blocked due to inflammation or scarring, which causes bile to accumulate in the liver. Over time, it damages liver cells and can lead to cirrhosis. When ...

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