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Mobile, Ala. (November 25, 2008)
Contact: Paul Taylor, (251) 470-1682

December Med School Café: "Viral Hepatitis: Update on New Treatment and Promising Research"

December’s Med School Café will feature Dr. Jorge Herrera, professor of internal medicine and assistant director of the division of gastroenterology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
His lecture, entitled “Viral Hepatitis: Update on New Treatment and Promising Research,” will take place on Dec. 9, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church located at 6101 Grelot Road.
Viral hepatitis is caused by a liver infection with any of at least five different viruses. “In the United States, chronic viral hepatitis is most commonly caused by the hepatitis B, and hepatitis C viruses, affecting more than 6 million Americans. Most people who are infected are not aware of having the disease, because symptoms only appear when the damage is advanced,” said Herrera, who serves as director of the hepatology section at USA.
In addition to viral infections of the liver, hepatitis is also caused by toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, and heavy alcohol use.
During his lecture, Herrera will discuss steps people can take to promote liver health, prevent or minimize their risk of contracting hepatitis, and provide an overview of current treatment approaches. He will also outline new research conducted at USA to improve the understanding and treatment of liver disease.
Lectures and lunch are provided free of charge, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (251) 460-7770 or email
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