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Living With Your Liver

October 20th, 2022
Your liver is the second largest organ in your body, behind only your skin. The liver is also the largest gland. It makes and secretes chemicals that are used by other parts of your body to perform key processes. Your liver sits just under your ribcage on your right side. It’s about the size of a football and weighs on average about 3.5 pounds. The liver is essential for life. It performs more than 500 vital functions that keep your…

Homing In On Hemochromatosis

July 6th, 2022
Iron is a mineral your body needs to stay healthy and function properly. Iron is a major component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Iron is also used to make certain hormones such as erythropoietin (EPO), which signals the bone marrow to make more red blood cells. Normally, your intestines absorb the right amount of iron from the food you eat. Sometimes, the body absorbs more…

Homing In On Hepatitis

May 22nd, 2022
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Although awareness may already be high due to a current mysterious pediatric outbreak that has affected more than 500 children in 20 countries and more than 180 kids in the US over the past six months. Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver, and when your liver is inflamed, its ability to function can be compromised. Hepatitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection, although there are other causes as well. We’re concentrating…

Baby Boomers and Hepatitis C

November 30th, 2016
Here’s a heads up, Baby Boomers! The US Preventive Service Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend we all get tested for hepatitis C. That’s because adults born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus than the rest of the population. One out of every 30 Boomers has been exposed. These statements scream two big questions: What’s the deal with hepatitis C and why are…