September 26, 2006

As If We Needed A Reason To Throw A Party

I think my neighborhood will throw a party to celebrate this: Drug 'may reverse liver disease'

A cheap and readily available drug could reverse severe liver disease, even in patients who find it impossible to give up booze, research suggests.

Sulphasalazine is currently used to treat arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

But a University of Newcastle team has found that it can also reverse the scarring associated with cirrhosis of the liver.

Liver disease is the fifth highest cause of death in the UK.

It is estimated that up to 10% of the UK population have problems with their liver - and most are linked to lifestyle factors, such as heavy drinking and obesity.
I guess now I can chuck that light beer crap and start drinking Samuel Adams Triple Bock full-time!

Posted by Chris at September 26, 2006 02:28 PM

Category: Tales Of My Neighborhood

Is it just me that sees the irony in the fact that it was the Univ of Newcastle (a quite tasty brown ale) that made this discovery? Isn't that rather like the Univ. of North Carolina publishing a study that says smoking isn't bad for you?

Posted by: TimC at September 27, 2006 10:41 PM

Heh. I can see the disclosure now: "This study funded by Scottish & Newcastle LDA. Please drink responsibly."

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at September 28, 2006 08:26 PM