Liver Briefs: MMF & Less Food Allergies, Losartan for NAFLD (negative trial), Another Pangenomic HCV Treatment for Adolescents

If you have not seen this video from 2014 (42 seconds), I recommend it for a good laugh. I’ve seen it many times and I think it is funny every time.


S Haflidadottir et al. JPGN 2022; 75: 138-144. Mycophenolate Mofetil Use Is Associated With Reduced Incidence of Food Allergy in Liver Transplanted Children. N=107. Key finding: Children treated with MMF in addition to tacrolimus 1 year after transplantation reported less food allergy (12.5% vs 37.8%, P = 0.003) and sensitization to food allergens one year after transplantation (8.9% vs 17.8%, P = 0.02) than those not receiving MMF. The effect of MMF was not due to reduced trough levels of tacrolimus.

MB Vos et al. Hepatology 2022; 76: 429-444. Open access: Randomized placebo-controlled trial of losartan for pediatric NAFLD Key finding: Losartan did not significantly reduce ALT in children (n=83) with NAFLD when compared with placebo in this multicenter, double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial

G Indoli et al. Hepatology 2022; 76: 445-455. Sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir in adolescents 12 to 17 years old with HCV infection All patients (n = 21) were naïve to HCV DAAs, and none had cirrhosis. Key finding: 100% of patients (21 of 21) reached SVR12 (8 week treatment course)

Westchester Lagoon off of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage AK