Fibroscan used to identify NAFLD in 24 year olds

Investigations using transient elastography (Fibroscan) have shown that >20% of young adults in the ‘Children of the 90s’ longitudinal study have fatty deposits on the liver, or steatosis, indicating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  Half of those were classified as severe.  ~10% of those with NAFLD also had fibrosis, scar tissue in the liver.  Severe scarring can cause cirrhosis.

This has the potential to cause major problems in the future, and public health awareness campaigns are needed to alter behaviours which will impact health in the future.

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The creation of the NASH Data Commons will provide a unified data system that promotes sharing of genomic and clinical data, forming the basis for a comprehensive knowledge system that centralises, standardises and makes accessible data. These datasets will lead to a much deeper understanding of which therapies are most effective for individual patients. With each new dataset added e.g. additional ‘omics’ data, it will evolve into a smarter, more comprehensive knowledge system that will foster important discoveries in chronic liver disease and increase the success of treatments for patients.

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