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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Long live your liver: Here’s how

More than 16,000 Americans with liver diseases are waiting for a transplant, but only 6,000 will receive one this year, according to the American Liver Foundation.

Donna Cryer, J.D., understands the importance of Liver Awareness Month (October). After a decade of ulcerative colitis ravaging her liver, Cryer underwent a liver transplant when she was just 23. Now in her 19th year post-liver transplant, she is the American Liver Foundation's president and CEO. We asked her to dispel some  myths about this vital organ.

The liver just deals with waste production: "It screens out toxins, yes, but from enzyme reactions for digestion to cholesterol synthesis, it's a way station for so many important functions."

More myths....

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