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Researchers discover gene that could decrease likelihood of developing alcoholic cirrhosis

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Indianapolis [USA], September 12 Morning India: Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are learning more about how a person’s genes play a role in the possibility that they will suffer from alcoholic cirrhosis with the discovery of a gene that could make the disease less likely.

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Alcoholic cirrhosis can happen after years of drinking too much alcohol. According to the researchers, discovering more about this illness couldn’t come at a more important time. The team describes its findings in a new paper published in Hepatology.

“Based on US data, alcohol-associated liver disease is on the rise in terms of the prevalence and incidents and it is happening more often in younger patients,” said Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, professor of medicine, dean’s scholar in medical research for the Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and one of the principal investigators of the study. “There’s a real public health problem involving the consumption of alcohol and people starting to drink at a younger age.”

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