Volume 1 Issue 1

A Simple Model to Predict Moderate to Severe Steatosis in Obese Liver Donors

Francesco Martini, Rodolphe Anty, Anne-Sophie Schneck, Reza Tavana, Stephanie Patouraux, et al.
Background: In the selection of marginal liver grafts most transplantation centers use a cut-off of 30% macrovesicular steatosis to define an acceptable risk of non-function. The aim of this prospective cohort study was to create a non-invasive model to predict >30% hepatic steatosis based on simple clinical and biochemical markers available at the time of potential liver-donor evaluation, to avoid futile and expensive procurement proceedings.

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Obesity and the Link to Chronic Disease Development

Reza Hakkak and Andrea Bell
In the US, childhood obesity affects approximately 12.5 million children and teens. Changes in obesity prevalence show a rapid increase from the 1960s to the 1980s and 1990s when obesity prevalence among children and teens tripled. Recently, a nationally representative study of children and adolescents in the US, ages 2 to 19 years, showed that the prevalence of obesity from 2011 to 2014 was 17.0% and extreme obesity prevalence was 5.8% .

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