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NealonA Life Changed By Giving

Zachary Rue, my patient match, was diagnosed at birth with a rare form of pediatric liver disease known as Biliary Atresia. Zac is now 10 years old. He and his mother, Heather, continue to fight a tireless battle against his condition. I continue to run marathons with the American Liver Foundation to support Zac and all of those touched by liver disease.

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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 Week 2020

Did you know there are over 100 types of liver diseases? As the American Liver Foundation, our mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver ...

Pediatric Fatty Liver Disease

What is Pediatric Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)? NAFLD is a spectrum of diseases that all begin with excess fat deposition in the liver. As the disease becomes more severe, inflammation or irritation of the ...

Hepatitis C in Children

Hepatitis C infection (HCV) is a chronic viral infection of the liver that affects upwards of 1-2 percent of adults. Fortunately, in children and adolescents, hepatitis C is less common, but it remains a significant ...

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Liver Disease Statistics

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.4 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime. 70.1 percent reported that ...

Q&A: Understanding Pediatric Liver Disease

Approximately 15,000 hospitalizations occur each year for pediatric liver disease in the United States. During the first month after birth, the incidence of neonatal liver disease is as many as one in 2,500. The different ...

From Perfect to Miraculous: Biliary Atresia Makes This Baby a Mentor

She’s only a little over three years old. But Deanna Lynn Anderson may be the world’s youngest mentor, according to her mom, Heidi. This little one was diagnosed at three months old with Biliary Atresia ...

Biliary Atresia: The Liver Disease that Affects Children

Biliary atresia is a disease of the bile ducts that affects only infants. It is rare, affecting about one out of every 18,000 infants. The disease is more common in females, premature babies, and children ...

Liver Transplant Q&A

Approximately 6,000 liver transplants are performed in the U.S. each year. But more than 17,000 Americans are still waiting for donated livers to become available for transplants. Recipients and those awaiting transplants have a myriad ...

A Life Changed By Giving

I don’t have a liver condition nor does anyone in my family, but I know the pain and worry a family can feel if they have a loved one with liver disease. My relationship with ...

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