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What Is a MELD Score?

The MELD score is a calculation done to evaluate the prognosis and estimate need for a liver transplant in people with liver failure. Learn more. The model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score is a calculation frequently performed for people...

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How Autoimmune Hepatitis Is Diagnosed

An autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) diagnosis requires blood tests, imaging, and a liver biopsy to establish. Here’s what doctors look for and why. Autoimmune hepatitis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the...

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Interpreting the Hepatitis B Serologic Panel

Learn how to interpret your hepatitis B blood tests and serologic panel, and what the combinations mean. The hepatitis B blood tests are collectively known as the serologic panel. This set of tests can accurately diagnose current and past hepatitis...

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The Risk of Viral Hepatitis From Tattoos

Tattoos can spread infectious diseases such as hepatitis C if proper infection control procedures are not in place. Learn how to protect yourself. Tattoos are all the rage these days, with shows like LA Ink showing off tattoos and spotlighting...

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Hepatitis A and Restaurant Food

Learn about your chances of catching hepatitis A from eating restaurant food and how you can lower that risk. Restaurant food is a common source of the hepatitis A virus (HAV), a highly infectious virus that affects the liver. In fact, outbreaks of...

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What Is an Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) Blood Test?

An alkaline phosphatase (ALP) blood test can be used to help diagnose medical conditions involving the liver, gallbladder, bones, and other organs. An alkaline phosphatase (ALP) blood test assesses a group of enzymes found in several parts of the...

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IBS and Birth Control Pills

Learn how contraceptive hormones may affect the gastrointestinal system and what effect birth control pills have on IBS. Are you wondering if the birth control pill you are taking (or are thinking about taking) will affect your IBS? This is a very...

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The Brain Gut Connection in IBS

Learn about the brain-gut connection to help you to better understand why your IBS gets worse when you are under stress. Dysfunction in the connection between the brain and the gut may be a contributing factor in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).IBS...

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The Different Sub-Types of IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome is not experienced the same way by all people who have the disorder. Learn about the symptoms of each type. Have you found that your IBS is very different from your friend's IBS? Or that the stories you read about on the...

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