Autoimmune hepatitis is a serious condition in which the body attacks liver cells, therefore it prevents essential liver function. Here, Professor Roger Williams CBE explains who is most susceptible to this dangerous condition, as well as its symptoms, diagnosis and available treatment.
When a person has jaundice, they may find that their skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow. This can occur due to different types of jaundice, each with their own causes. Here, Professor Roger Williams CBE, Director of the Institute of Hepatology, shares his expertise on the causes and diagnosis of the most common types of jaundice.
Jaundice is one of the most common conditions that can affect newborns with an estimated 6 out of 10 babies developing it. Even though it is much rarer, adults can develop it too. Dr Deepak Joshi, a leading hepatologist in London, explains to us the different causes in babies and adults and how it can be treated.
The number of liver donor organs has increased in the UK in the past year, which also means that there is a rise in liver transplants that will be carried out. If you're in the position of needing a transplant, have you wondered how you are to be assessed for the procedure? Here, Professor Roger Williams CBE explains how the process works.
It is no secret that alcohol and liver disease go hand in hand. Drinking too much is associated with liver cirrhosis (scarring), liver failure and even liver cancer. What you might not know is how alcohol damages the liver, how much is “too much”, and if the damage can be reversed. Leading hepatologist Professor Roger Williams CBE answers all these questions and more.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) includes a range of liver conditions caused by a build-up of fat in the liver. Whilst a healthy liver should contain either no fat or a small amount of fat, estimates show that in the UK 1 in 3 people have early signs of having NAFLD. Dr Daniel Forton, a leading hepatologist, explains why awareness of NAFLD is more important than ever before.
We all experience abdominal discomfort from time to time. We might feel bloated; we might put on a little weight. However, sometimes, when these symptoms all come together, perhaps with shortness of breath, it can be an indication that our bodies are experiencing a build-up of fluid. Leading hepatologist Dr Deepak Joshi is here to explain ascites and how it can affect you.
Since the first procedure was carried out just over 50 years ago, the UK has emerged as a world leader in liver transplants. In this article, early pioneer of liver transplants in the UK and towering figure in hepatology Professor Roger Williams CBE reflects on the progress over the last 50 years, and what’s in store for the future.
With alcoholic liver disease reported to be on the rise, many of us want to know: how do you actually look after your liver? How much can you safely drink? Are some types of alcohol better than others? And does Dry January actually work? We put these questions to consultant liver specialist Dr Jeremy Cobbold, who gave us some surprising answers:
Alarmingly, cases of liver disease are on the rise across the UK and it’s the fourth commonest cause of life-years lost. Fortunately, an early diagnosis of the silent disease means that most cases are treatable and, in some instances, curable. Expert liver specialist Dr Andrew Peter Holt explains more...