Bradford doctor in action call after liver disease cases rise

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dr Sulleman Moreea Dr Sulleman Moreea

A Bradford doctor last night renewed his warning about the district’s “silent disease” after a report said the number of people suffering from liver disease was rising in England while decreasing in other European countries.

The UK’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said that obesity, undiagnosed hepatitis infections and harmful alcohol use are among the causes for the rising tide of disease.

She said the public needed to have a better awareness about liver health as the three major causes of liver disease are all preventable.

Dame Sally’s comments echo those of Dr Sulleman Moreea, a consultant gastroenterologist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who warned earlier this year that Bradford faces an “explosion” of people suffering from liver disease in the next ten years.

Between 2000 and 2009, deaths from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in the under 65s increased by about a fifth while they fell by the same amount in most EU countries, according the report published yesterday by the chief medical officer.

Dr Moreea said while people were aware of the dangers of alcohol, more people needed to be aware of other causes of liver disease.

“There is a silent disease out there – hepatitis B and C,” he said. “When I started work in Bradford in 2004 I had 100 patients with hepatitis B and 150 patients with hepatitis C on our books. Today there are 650 patients with hepatitis B and 850 patients with hepatitis C. We keep treating large numbers of patients every year.”

Dame Sally added: “This is the only major cause of preventable death that is on the increase in England that is generally falling in other comparable European nations. We must act to change this.”

There are six adult patients in the Bradford district waiting for a new liver, up from three in July, 2010.

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12:47pm Thu 22 Nov 12

RollandSmoke says...

As people's drive for intoxication is a major causal factor in the rise of liver disease would the doctor think that a more liberal approach to alternatives like cannabis would contribute to reducing these figures. Obviously cannabis itself isn't without risk so from a clinical risk based position to what extent would we be replacing one set of risks with another?
As people's drive for intoxication is a major causal factor in the rise of liver disease would the doctor think that a more liberal approach to alternatives like cannabis would contribute to reducing these figures. Obviously cannabis itself isn't without risk so from a clinical risk based position to what extent would we be replacing one set of risks with another? RollandSmoke

2:02pm Thu 22 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

Majority cases of liver disease is self inflicted. Those that drink are not only damaging their help, but also funding tax for the government to waste on stupid housing projects


Alcohol is worse that class A drugs, But as we can see that the government does not make any tax from drugs, so calls it an illegal substance, where as alcohol and tobacco generates millions of pounds in tax and there is legal. The government approach is kill your self slowly and we will help you
Majority cases of liver disease is self inflicted. Those that drink are not only damaging their help, but also funding tax for the government to waste on stupid housing projects Alcohol is worse that class A drugs, But as we can see that the government does not make any tax from drugs, so calls it an illegal substance, where as alcohol and tobacco generates millions of pounds in tax and there is legal. The government approach is kill your self slowly and we will help you thruth9211

2:02pm Thu 22 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

Majority cases of liver disease is self inflicted. Those that drink are not only damaging their help, but also funding tax for the government to waste on stupid housing projects


Alcohol is worse that class A drugs, But as we can see that the government does not make any tax from drugs, so calls it an illegal substance, where as alcohol and tobacco generates millions of pounds in tax and there is legal. The government approach is kill your self slowly and we will help you
Majority cases of liver disease is self inflicted. Those that drink are not only damaging their help, but also funding tax for the government to waste on stupid housing projects Alcohol is worse that class A drugs, But as we can see that the government does not make any tax from drugs, so calls it an illegal substance, where as alcohol and tobacco generates millions of pounds in tax and there is legal. The government approach is kill your self slowly and we will help you thruth9211

2:03pm Thu 22 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

Majority cases of liver disease is self inflicted. Those that drink are not only damaging their help, but also funding tax for the government to waste on stupid housing projects


Alcohol is worse that class A drugs, But as we can see that the government does not make any tax from drugs, so calls it an illegal substance, where as alcohol and tobacco generates millions of pounds in tax and there is legal. The government approach is kill your self slowly and we will help you
Majority cases of liver disease is self inflicted. Those that drink are not only damaging their help, but also funding tax for the government to waste on stupid housing projects Alcohol is worse that class A drugs, But as we can see that the government does not make any tax from drugs, so calls it an illegal substance, where as alcohol and tobacco generates millions of pounds in tax and there is legal. The government approach is kill your self slowly and we will help you thruth9211

3:28pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

All these dreadful problems associated with alcohol, yet it is legal, whilst another far-less harmful drug, cannabis, remains illegal. Total hypocrisy.
All these dreadful problems associated with alcohol, yet it is legal, whilst another far-less harmful drug, cannabis, remains illegal. Total hypocrisy. Another Landless Peasant

3:34pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Albion. says...

Another Landless Peasant wrote:
All these dreadful problems associated with alcohol, yet it is legal, whilst another far-less harmful drug, cannabis, remains illegal. Total hypocrisy.
Because one thing is legal, doesn't justify another thing being so.
[quote][p][bold]Another Landless Peasant[/bold] wrote: All these dreadful problems associated with alcohol, yet it is legal, whilst another far-less harmful drug, cannabis, remains illegal. Total hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]Because one thing is legal, doesn't justify another thing being so. Albion.

5:14pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

See all the druggies have jumped on this thread to push their own agender.
See all the druggies have jumped on this thread to push their own agender. Thee Voice of Reason

5:58pm Thu 22 Nov 12

RollandSmoke says...

I'm asking for a medical opinion on the risks of a drug in comparison to another. He seems a logical choice of person to ask. Or are you suggesting that asking questions is now a behaviour to be frowned upon? I'm sure if it doesn't fit with the T&A's agenda they'll censor it.
I'm asking for a medical opinion on the risks of a drug in comparison to another. He seems a logical choice of person to ask. Or are you suggesting that asking questions is now a behaviour to be frowned upon? I'm sure if it doesn't fit with the T&A's agenda they'll censor it. RollandSmoke

6:00pm Thu 22 Nov 12

RollandSmoke says...

I'm asking for a medical opinion on the risks of a drug in comparison to another. He seems a logical choice of person to ask. Or are you suggesting that asking questions is now a behaviour to be frowned upon? I'm sure if it doesn't fit with the T&A's agenda they'll censor it.
I'm asking for a medical opinion on the risks of a drug in comparison to another. He seems a logical choice of person to ask. Or are you suggesting that asking questions is now a behaviour to be frowned upon? I'm sure if it doesn't fit with the T&A's agenda they'll censor it. RollandSmoke

7:25pm Thu 22 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

WELL WHY IS ALCOHOL LEGAL, ASK YOUR SELF THIS QUESTION

AND WHY IS CIGS LEGAL BUT NOT CANNIBIS OR HEROIN, SMOKING KILLS THE SMOKER AND PEOPLE AROUND THEM, SO WHY WHY WHY IS IT STILL LEGAL TO SMOKE IN THIS COUNTRY

ANSWER THE RICH POLITICAL LEADERS ARE GETTING RICHER, WHILE THE POOR ARE DYING


SO NO ONE TALKS ABOUT ALCOHOL OR THEY ARE DISMISSED, LIKE THAT SCIENTIST WHO SPOKE OUT SAYING THAT ALCOHOL IS WORSE THAT CLASS A DRUGS.
WELL WHY IS ALCOHOL LEGAL, ASK YOUR SELF THIS QUESTION AND WHY IS CIGS LEGAL BUT NOT CANNIBIS OR HEROIN, SMOKING KILLS THE SMOKER AND PEOPLE AROUND THEM, SO WHY WHY WHY IS IT STILL LEGAL TO SMOKE IN THIS COUNTRY ANSWER THE RICH POLITICAL LEADERS ARE GETTING RICHER, WHILE THE POOR ARE DYING SO NO ONE TALKS ABOUT ALCOHOL OR THEY ARE DISMISSED, LIKE THAT SCIENTIST WHO SPOKE OUT SAYING THAT ALCOHOL IS WORSE THAT CLASS A DRUGS. thruth9211

7:43pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Albion. says...

thruth9211 wrote:
WELL WHY IS ALCOHOL LEGAL, ASK YOUR SELF THIS QUESTION

AND WHY IS CIGS LEGAL BUT NOT CANNIBIS OR HEROIN, SMOKING KILLS THE SMOKER AND PEOPLE AROUND THEM, SO WHY WHY WHY IS IT STILL LEGAL TO SMOKE IN THIS COUNTRY

ANSWER THE RICH POLITICAL LEADERS ARE GETTING RICHER, WHILE THE POOR ARE DYING


SO NO ONE TALKS ABOUT ALCOHOL OR THEY ARE DISMISSED, LIKE THAT SCIENTIST WHO SPOKE OUT SAYING THAT ALCOHOL IS WORSE THAT CLASS A DRUGS.
There are lots of proposals to adjust the cost and availability of alcohol, Smoking is outlawed in most public places and has declined rapidly, if drugs were legalised the same people would probably carry on profiting from them as well.
A total ban on all three isn't on, despite what some claim, we still have some freedoms and there are plenty of people on here who exercise their freedom by buying illegal substances with virtually no chance of being caught or prosecuted, unless of course they choose to flaunt it all over the place and make a nuisance of themselves.
I would remind you that this thread is actually about liver disease, and the doctor has actually highlighted a variety of different causes.
[quote][p][bold]thruth9211[/bold] wrote: WELL WHY IS ALCOHOL LEGAL, ASK YOUR SELF THIS QUESTION AND WHY IS CIGS LEGAL BUT NOT CANNIBIS OR HEROIN, SMOKING KILLS THE SMOKER AND PEOPLE AROUND THEM, SO WHY WHY WHY IS IT STILL LEGAL TO SMOKE IN THIS COUNTRY ANSWER THE RICH POLITICAL LEADERS ARE GETTING RICHER, WHILE THE POOR ARE DYING SO NO ONE TALKS ABOUT ALCOHOL OR THEY ARE DISMISSED, LIKE THAT SCIENTIST WHO SPOKE OUT SAYING THAT ALCOHOL IS WORSE THAT CLASS A DRUGS.[/p][/quote]There are lots of proposals to adjust the cost and availability of alcohol, Smoking is outlawed in most public places and has declined rapidly, if drugs were legalised the same people would probably carry on profiting from them as well. A total ban on all three isn't on, despite what some claim, we still have some freedoms and there are plenty of people on here who exercise their freedom by buying illegal substances with virtually no chance of being caught or prosecuted, unless of course they choose to flaunt it all over the place and make a nuisance of themselves. I would remind you that this thread is actually about liver disease, and the doctor has actually highlighted a variety of different causes. Albion.

7:56pm Thu 22 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

Albion


Tabaco is a form of drug, but legalised by the government, drugs alcohol and cigs should all be banned


Will sort alot of problems in the society which are related down to these three
Albion Tabaco is a form of drug, but legalised by the government, drugs alcohol and cigs should all be banned Will sort alot of problems in the society which are related down to these three thruth9211

8:07pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Albion. says...

thruth9211 wrote:
Albion


Tabaco is a form of drug, but legalised by the government, drugs alcohol and cigs should all be banned


Will sort alot of problems in the society which are related down to these three
If that is your opinion, you have the freedom to express it. It would make no difference to me if they were banned, but the actual "banning" might raise my hackles.
I wont comment further on narcotics or tobacco as neither are relevant to this thread.
[quote][p][bold]thruth9211[/bold] wrote: Albion Tabaco is a form of drug, but legalised by the government, drugs alcohol and cigs should all be banned Will sort alot of problems in the society which are related down to these three[/p][/quote]If that is your opinion, you have the freedom to express it. It would make no difference to me if they were banned, but the actual "banning" might raise my hackles. I wont comment further on narcotics or tobacco as neither are relevant to this thread. Albion.

8:29am Fri 23 Nov 12

RollandSmoke says...

Banning anything is never a good thing and can be counter productive. It seldom results in the banned item becoming unavailable but rather puts the supply in the hands of criminals who care not one bit about quality control or the health of their customers. The first person to try prohibition, if you believe the story, was God when he told Adam and Eve they couldn't eat the apples. Now if God can't enforce prohibition what chance have we got? If we want people to be responsible we have to give them responsibility. It is true that Alcohol and Tobacco can have devestating effects on health but they also provide a lot of Tax for the Exchequer and give good returns on shares which is why the council has millions in pension funds invested in tobacco firms. It's also true that diet plays a major part in keeping us healthy but it doesn't stop people making bad choices as to what they eat and as money gets harder to come by eating something can become much more important than the long term health implications of bad diet.
Banning anything is never a good thing and can be counter productive. It seldom results in the banned item becoming unavailable but rather puts the supply in the hands of criminals who care not one bit about quality control or the health of their customers. The first person to try prohibition, if you believe the story, was God when he told Adam and Eve they couldn't eat the apples. Now if God can't enforce prohibition what chance have we got? If we want people to be responsible we have to give them responsibility. It is true that Alcohol and Tobacco can have devestating effects on health but they also provide a lot of Tax for the Exchequer and give good returns on shares which is why the council has millions in pension funds invested in tobacco firms. It's also true that diet plays a major part in keeping us healthy but it doesn't stop people making bad choices as to what they eat and as money gets harder to come by eating something can become much more important than the long term health implications of bad diet. RollandSmoke

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