Is coffee good for your liver?

Coffee is enjoyed all over the world, perhaps more than any other substance except for water and air.  We all are familiar with the stimulant effects of coffee, and independent of this effect caffeine is also a weak mood-elevating substance.  There are many social rituals that revolve around coffee too. In fact, this blog probably  … Read more

Beta-blockers in cirrhosis: friend or foe?

Part one of this topic can be found here. Nonselective beta-blockers (NSBBs) are often indicated for prevention of variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients. However, there has been a large amount of data in the past several years that have raised serious concerns over the safety and utility of beta-blockers in patients with more advanced cirrhosis.  … Read more

Cirrhosis, varices, and beta-blockers: the basics.

Cirrhosis is the final common stage of most types of chronic liver disease, and appears as “scarring” of the liver tissue under the microscope. The liver becomes firm, and instead of blood flowing easily through the organ on the way back to the heart there is a high level of resistance to blood flow through  … Read more