According to the Mayo Clinic, the liver is an organ in the body that assists in the digestion of food in order to rid the body of toxins. Unfortunately, some individuals may develop a liver disease during the course of their lifetime. Liver disease may develop as a result of a number of factors, which include obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, or even genetics. If left untreated or undiagnosed, liver disease can result in serious consequences including death.… Read the rest
Approximately 8,500 additional patients of Dr. Harvey Finkelstein will be advised to get tested for blood-borne diseases as a probe into his practice expands, a New York State Health Department spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, the Nassau County Health Department has said recent tests found six hepatitis B cases and six hepatitis C cases among Finkelstein’s patients, although it is unclear whether the liver infections stemmed from Finkelstein’s improper re-use of syringes.
Initially this past November, 628 patients of Dr. Finkelstein were advised to get tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV, all blood borne diseases, because they had received … Read the rest
Health officials in New York City earlier this year linked three cases of hepatitis C to an anesthesiologist who administered intravenous pain medication. Although they are still investigating the exact cause, officials are notifying 4,500 patients who received treatment from the doctor from December 2003 to May 2007 that they should get tested for the disease, according to a report in The New York Times (11/17/07). The officials would not name the doctor.