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13 JUNE 2018

Liver Lowdown June 2018

1st Annual International NASH Day

Today is International NASH Day! The American Liver foundation is supporting the NASH Education Program in launching the first-ever International NASH Day in over 25 cities worldwide including New York, San Diego, Washington DC, and Phoenix. This is the first time the largest coalition of stakeholders in the field of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), including the ALF, has joined together to educate patients, medical professionals and the public about the disease.

Learn more about the efforts here.

Understanding Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Affecting 1 in 3 adults, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming one of the most prominent causes of liver disease largely due to the rise of diabetes and obesity rates in the United States. While NAFLD may be reversed, it is important to understand that the disease can cause inflammation and damage to liver cells, or Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). If left unchecked, NASH can progress to liver cirrhosis and/or liver cancer.

The American Liver Foundation has created an animated video to provide a better understanding of this disease and its progression. Click here to view the video.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children

NAFLD is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in children and continues to become a growing public health concern. The American Liver Foundation recently held a webinar for general practitioners and pediatricians to provide an in-depth understanding of Pediatric NAFLD- its risk factors, diagnosis, as well as current and future management and treatment.

To view the webinar and learn more about Pediatric NAFLD, click here.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Awareness and education are important steps in prevention of NAFLD/NASH. ALF provides programs and events across the country to educate patients, physicians, and anyone interested in learning about this disease. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of educational materials in english and spanish that are distributed throughout communities across the United States.

To view these materials, click here.

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