Economic Burden of Fatty Liver Disease in U.S. is $32 Billion Annually, New Study Finds

Our research is the first real-world estimate on actual healthcare utilization associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in the United States.”

— Richard Gilroy, MD, Intermountain Medical Center Liver Transplant Program

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA, July 3, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which affects roughly 100 million Americans, costs the United States healthcare system $32 billion annually, according to a first-of-its-kind study by Intermountain Healthcare researchers on the economic impact of the disease.

The prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease mirrors the rising trend of obesity in the United States. Globally, one in four people are living with the disease, which results when there is buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is now the most common form of chronic liver disease.

For comparison purposes, stroke costs the United States about $34 million annually, roughly the same amount as NAFLD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Results of the research were presented during the Digestive Disease Week annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Identifying the economic burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease brings attention to the real need for readily-available treatments that will save money and lives, according to researchers.

For the study, researchers at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City examined medical records during a 10-year period (2005-2015) and identified 4,569 patients diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. A control group of 12,486 patients with no diagnosis of the disease was identified for comparison purposes.

Using integrated data from SelectHealth, the health insurance arm of Intermountain Healthcare, researchers analyzed the healthcare costs per patient and overall costs per year in both groups. The costs were then extrapolated to a national scale, which indicated an economic burden of $32 billion annually for the U.S.

Costs of the disease include:
• Inpatient hospitalization and outpatient appointments
• Emergency room visits
• Organ transplantation
• Mortality
• Medical procedures or new diagnoses
• New medications or changes to existing medications

“Our research is the first real-world estimate on actual healthcare utilization associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in the United States,” said Richard Gilroy, MD, medical director of the hepatology and liver transplant program at Intermountain Medical Center. “The results highlight the major problem we face today and the potential tsunami we will encounter if we choose to not address the causes of NAFLD now.”

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when fat is stored in liver cells. As the amount of fat in the liver increases, the disease progresses to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and is marked by liver inflammation and scarring that may cause irreversible damage. Left unaddressed, it can lead to liver failure. People who are overweight, have diabetes or who have a family member with liver disease should consider getting screened for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

“We are already in an era of escalating healthcare costs and we see what was an unrecognized and infrequent disease in the 1980s, is now a major epidemic that will further drive costs in years to come,” said Dr. Gilroy.

“Looking at the financial implications specifically, the results of the study also highlight the potential reduction in healthcare costs if treatments do become available,” added Michael Charlton, MD, with the Intermountain Medical Center transplant program and author of the new research study. “We currently have validated a predictive risk score that uses basic lab values and a patient’s medical history to allow us to predict which patients are at a higher risk of developing liver damage due to the disease.”

Researchers plan to use the prediction tool to get upstream of the problem at a population level by intervening with nutritional and therapeutic options, which may include clinical trials, before the patient reaches end-stage liver disease.

“At Intermountain Healthcare, we are looking to community initiatives to approach the issue as we know that change will only come through collaborations,” said Dr. Gilroy. “We believe that through our strong community relationships and initiatives, we will overcome this problem.”

Members of the Intermountain Healthcare research team involved in the study include Michael Charlton, MD; Li Dong; John Holmen; Richard Gilroy, MD; and Jake Krong.

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Jess Gomez
Intermountain Medical Center
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Sizzle and Spice: In-Villa Barbecues at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali

Chef Cooking at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali

In Villa BBQ display in the villa

Intimate BBQ display private pool

Dining outdoors is one of life’s greatest pleasures and what better way to enjoy the lush tropical garden and beautiful views from your own private villa than enjoying an In-Villa Barbecue ”

— Karim Tayach

NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA, July 3, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — A spacious, beautifully-appointed villa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, provides a luxury holiday retreat with access to all the fantastic facilities the resort has to offer, from award-winning restaurants, to the sublime The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Ritz Kids Club and dedicated Concierge Service. Villa gardens also make the perfect setting for memorable dining opportunities, such as the In-Villa Family Barbeque.

While some villas cling to the cliff tops with panoramic ocean views, others are absolute beachfront, just meters from the Indian Ocean. All villas have private swimming pools set in flourishing tropical garden and create a luxury home away from home. One of the advantages of staying in a spacious villa is that rather than bringing the kids out to a restaurant, you can have the chefs come to your villa and prepare a veritable feast, in the privacy and comfort of your own garden.

Synonymous with good times, barbecues are a great way to enjoy a tropical evening and a chance to enjoy a casual and tasty meal with friends and family. Best of all, when you reserve an In- Villa Barbecue, you won’t need to prepare a thing, as the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Bali will take care everything for you, while our chef expertly grills up a delicious feast right before your eyes. Think about a freshly-caught Barramundi cooked with sambal and lime, or Tiger Prawns basted in chili and garlic. Meat lovers can indulge in prime Black Pepper Australian Beef Steak cooked to their liking, while Sweet Soy Marinated Chicken Satay will please everyone.

Apart from succulent meat and freshly-caught seafood grilled to perfection, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali In-Villa Barbecue also includes a delicious assortment of appetizers and salads, as well as Indonesian Fried Rice and Baked Potatoes with Rosemary. Fresh baked bread and a selection of condiments, from spicy Indonesian sambals to barbeque sauce, peanut sauce and mustard make the perfect complements. Pastry chefs will provide a delicious Dessert of the day and fresh tropical fruit platter to finish the meal.

“Dining outdoors is one of life’s greatest pleasures and what better way to enjoy the lush tropical garden and beautiful views from your own private villa than enjoying an In-Villa Barbecue with your loved ones at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali. ” says GM Karim Tayach.

The In-Villa Family Barbecue is available at IDR1,500,000 onwards plus 21% government tax and service charge per person and needs to be booked one day in advance.

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About The Ritz-Carlton, Bali.
Located on a stunning beachfront combining with a dramatic clifftop setting, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is a luxurious resort offering an elegant tropical ambience. Featuring tranquil views over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean the resort has 279 spacious suites and 34 expansive villas, providing the sheerest of contemporary Balinese luxury. Along the foreshore are The Ritz-Carlton Club®, six stylish dining venues, an indulgent and exotic marine-inspired Spa, and fun, recreational activities for children of all ages at Ritz Kids. A glamorous beachfront wedding chapel, makes an idyllic setting for destination weddings, while a range of outdoor event venues and extravagant spaces provide the perfect scene for celebratory events and wedding reception in Bali. Well-appointed conference venues, luxurious meeting spaces, customizable residential packages and experienced organizers also entice those looking to create inspired MICE Tourism events in Bali. Whether work, pleasure or romance is on the agenda, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is the place to make memories that last a lifetime. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn.

Prhativi Dyah
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
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Beat Smartphone-Induced Insomnia with Pegasi Light Therapy Smart Glasses

Pegasi Smart Glasses on Model

Pegasi Smart Glasses on Model

PEGASI Light Therapy Smart Glasses (Frontview)

PEGASI Light Therapy Smart Glasses (Frontview)

PEGASI Light Therapy Smart Glasses (Sideview)

PEGASI Light Therapy Smart Glasses (Sideview)

Exposure to harmful light at night emitted by gadgets can be bad to your health and sleeping patterns. Pegasi Light Therapy Smart Glasses offer an alternative.

Exposure to blue light at night emitted by gadgets can be harmful to your health and sleeping patterns. Pegasi Light Therapy Smart Glasses offer an alternative.”

— Minming Gu

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US, July 2, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the rise of technology addiction, comes another issue that’s keeping people up all night: Insomnia. Research shows that insomnia is on the rise due to exposure to specific wavelength light at night coming from smartphones and other devices. GENHIGH, an exclusive partner for PEGASI Smart Sleep Glasses II brought this innovative product on Kickstarter, and quickly reached its goal within an astounding 24-hour period proving consumers are looking for alternatives ways to correct their sleeping patterns without medication or completely ditching their smartphone at night.

PEGASI Smart Sleep Glasses is a pair of smart lenseless glasses that improve the users sleep quality with physical light therapy. The unique dual-wavelength light stimulates the nervous system with a signal that regulates melatonin secretion and improves sleep quality. With PEGASI the user will fall asleep faster and have better sleep quality with only 30 minutes of use a day for 7 days.

Light therapy has been proved by NASA to improve an astronaut’s sleep quality in space. PEGASI now brings this innovative technology to the public to help everyone who suffers from sleeping disorders. PEGASI is embedded with lights that reside on the inner edges of the glasses to emit a soft green hue when activated. This serves to produce certain wavelengths of light which can affect sleep quality by stimulating the hypothalamus gland responsible for synchronizing circadian rhythm and the secretion of melatonin which aids sleep.

It has been found that circadian rhythms can be trained to be shorter or longer, thus affecting hours of sleep. PEGASI hopes to train circadian rhythms among insomniacs to promote a more regular sleep cycle in a non-invasive, non-medical way. While everyone may deal with some type of short-term insomnia, there are some who suffer from long-term bouts. This can affect one’s energy levels, weight, blood pressure and overall quality of life.

Although PEGASI is not medically certified as a cure or treatment for insomnia, the research proves to be promising. Ninety-two percent of participants who wore the glasses for the prescribed amount of time reported an improvement in sleep. Additional research from NASA and some universities supports these findings. PEGASI’s unique wavelength of light treatment has the same positive effects on your body as natural light does. It helps regulate sleep and wakefulness.

Users will see changes in as little as seven days. With the brand new collapsible frame, PEGASI owners can enjoy light therapy anytime, anywhere. PEGASI features a built-in rechargeable li-polymer battery, Bluetooth 4.0, smart touch switch, patented flat laminating modules, and nose-pad camber for comfort.

To reap the full benefits of wearing PEGASI, those who diagnosed with insomnia and who are willing to improve the overall sleep quality are encouraged to keep them on for at least 30 minutes each day between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. consecutively for 7 days. Progress can be monitored on a mobile device or smartphone using the PEGASI mobile app (IOS or Android). There are also options for energy boosts if the wearer feels sluggish or fatigued throughout the day.

Early Birds can purchase PEGASI Smart Sleep Glasses for as low as $79 on the Kickstarter campaign that ends July 18th. Here’s where you can find it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1700395686/pegasi-smart-sleep-glasses-ii-better-sleep-in-a-bl?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=pegasi

Samples may be available upon request. Please email Gina Hughes at gina@charmed.media for more information.

About GenHigh
GenHigh’s a global personal electronics brand providing consumers worldwide high-quality, elegantly-designed smart devices engineered with the latest innovations in technology matched with precision craftsmanship. GenHigh’s commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our lifestyle products to bring consumers highly affordable quality devices. Headquartered in China, GenHigh was founded in 2017 with operations in San Francisco and Texas. For more information, please visit: http://www.genhigh.com.

Gina Hughes
GenHigh Tech Co., Ltd
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PEGASI Smart Sleep Glasses II: Better Sleep in a Blink


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Tribal and Native American artifacts, prehistoric to modern times, will be sold online Saturday, July 7, by Helm Auction

Oil on canvas figural landscape by Latvian-born German painter Johann Valters-Walter Kurau (1869-1932).

Horse headstall made in New Mexico around 1940 from leather, steel and sterling silver.

Pre-Columbian bird figure with a parrot-like face, large eyes and a three-stepped feathered crest.

Circa 1930s Chemehuevi basket, produced in the Mojave Desert from willow and devil’s claw.

Transitional Navajo weaving made of wool and dye in New Mexico in the 1890s.

Helms Auction, Inc.’s Tribal & Native American Summer Shindig planned for this coming Saturday, July 7th, is packed with over 460 lots of rare collectibles.

With the many fine items throughout the catalog, we’re encouraging folks to bid early and bid often so they don’t miss out.”

— Diane Harvey

EL CAJON, CALIF., UNITED STATES, July 2, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — EL CAJON, Calif. – Helms Auction, Inc.’s Tribal & Native American Summer Shindig planned for this coming Saturday, July 7th, is packed with over 460 lots of Navajo weavings and Pueblo pottery; pre-Columbian artifacts; prehistoric arrowheads and other stone tools; Oceanic, African and Chinese tribal artifacts; 20th century Native American and Mexican jewelry items and more.

The online-only auction will begin promptly at 1:15 pm Eastern time. All lots may be viewed and bid on now, via the platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com, plus on the Helm Auction website, live.helmauction.com, which is powered by Auction Mobility and offered on the Apple store and Google Play by searching “Helm Auction”. Absentee bids will be accepted.

“With the many fine items throughout the catalog, we’re encouraging folks to bid early and bid often so they don’t miss out,” said Helm Auction owner Diane Harvey. Auctioneer Craig Helm added, “We won’t be reducing any sale prices during the live auction. Leaving your absentee bids is the best way to ensure you come out a winner, as we take bids across multiple platforms.”

With a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$100,000, an original oil on canvas figural landscape by the Latvian-born German painter Johann Valters-Walter Kurau (1869-1932) is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction. The painting, housed in a gold gilt frame measuring 62 ½ inches by 61 ½ inches, was rendered circa 1900 and signed in Cyrillic (customary for Latvian artists) by Valters.

Also expected to attract interest are a horse headstall made in New Mexico around 1940 from leather, steel and sterling silver, with a steer design across the bridle top (est. $4,000-$8,000); and a pre-Columbian bird figure with a parrot-like face, large eyes and a three-stepped feathered crest, made in Costa Rica, 15 ¾ inches tall on a custom heavy metal stand (est. $3,000-$5,000).

A circa 1930s Chemehuevi basket, produced from willow and devil’s claw and made in the Mojave Desert, measures 8 inches by 7 inches and is a museum- and investment-quality basket (est. $3,000-$6,000). Also, a transitional Navajo weaving made of wool and dye in New Mexico in the 1890s, boasting multiple colors and 95 ½ inches by 70 inches, should bring $3,500-$7,000.

A giant pre-Columbian Mezcala two-tier temple, made of granite around 500 BCE in Guerrero, Mexico and at 12 inches tall one of the largest seen, carries a robust pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$10,000. An even older piece – a circa 800 BCE Olmec male figure made of green jadeite stone – was crafted in Veracruz, Mexico and stands 7 ½ inches tall. It should gavel for $2,500-$5,000.

A large early Blackfoot Indian parfleche case-cylinder, made of hide in the 1860s or 1870s, has top and bottom discs present, old natural pigments and measures 24 inches by 8 inches (est. $1,250-$2,500). Also, a prehistoric Chumash carved whale figure made of steatite and shell inlay, 5 ¼ inches tall and discovered in Santa Barbara, California, should reach $500-$1,500.

Rounding out just some of the auction’s expected highlights is an antique Chinese Qing dynasty cabinet-hutch, around 140 years old, made of wood and 43 ¼ inches tall (est. $1,500-$3,000).

A buyer’s premium of 22 percent will be applied to all winning bids. No returns. Previews are by appointment only and can be made by e-mailing Helm Auction, at admin@helmauction.com, or by calling (619) 440-0320. Absentee bids can also be emailed to the same address, or mailed to Helm Auction, 772 Jamacha Rd., Ste. 303, El Cajon, CA 92019 (items are not at this address).

Helm Auction, Inc. is an online auction firm specializing in Native American and tribal artifacts. It is owned by Diane Harvey and Craig P. Helm, Sr. Diane is from the American Northwest and has always been attracted to Native American art and jewelry. Craig is Helm Auction’s resident artifact expert and auctioneer and has been collecting Native American artifacts all his adult life.

For more information about Helm Auction, Inc., and the July 7th Tribal & Native American Summer Shindig online auction, please visit https://live.helmauction.com/.

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Diane Harvey
Helm Auctions
619-440-0320
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ED CLINE APPRAISALS CELEBRATES 25TH BUSINESS ANNIVERSARY

Ed Cline Appraisals is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday, July 13th with an “Open House” and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

I have been fortunate to be surrounded by quality people with great talent and consistent ideals. That’s why I think we’re still going strong in our 25th year in business.”

— Edward Cline, SRA, AI-RRS, GAA, RAA, MNAA

BEAVER FALLS, PA, USA, July 2, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ed Cline Appraisals started with humble beginnings on July 15th 1993. Working out of his dining room in Patterson Township, Ed soon realized that he needed to recruit his aunt Verda Vrana to help with bookkeeping. Next, he moved to a small office in Patterson and hired another appraiser, Rodney Dravenstott. A few years later, they moved to a house on the corner of Darlington Road and Rt. 51 in Chippewa Township where the GetGo gas station now stands. The business continued to grow and now employs 11 appraisers with a small staff of support personnel. Ed Cline Appraisals provides appraisals for both Residential and Commercial properties. In 2003, Ed purchased and renovated a warehouse at 2777 Darlington Road in Chippewa Township which now serves as a large office complex that houses over 20 employees as well as other local businesses. Ed Cline Appraisals is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday, July 13th with an “Open House” and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The extensive field work and education as certified appraisers make Ed Cline Appraisals qualified to provide home valuations in Western Pennsylvania for clients ranging from national mortgage companies to local lenders or individual businesses and consumers.

Earlier this year, Ed Cline Appraisals published a special report titled Consumer Guide to Real Estate Appraisals. To receive a free copy of the consumer guide, call (724) 847-3211 or visit www.eca1.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ed Cline at (724) 847-3211 or email at edcline@eca1.com.

Joe Newtz, Marketing Director
Ed Cline Appraisals
(724) 847-3211
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