As a liver specialist for more than 25 years, Dr. Michael Babich has seen a seismic shift in his practice. No longer are viruses or chronic alcoholism destroying the livers of most of his patients at Allegheny Health Network. Now, it’s the overconsumption of fructose — an industrialized form of sugar that has crept into…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading A spoonful may help the medicine go down, but America’s addiction to it is a recipe for disease
  • Sidebar Title How much added sugar is ok to eat?
  • Sidebar Content Block The most you should eat in a day, according to the American Heart Association, is 150 calories (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) for men and 100 calories (25 grams or 6 teaspoons) for women. A typical 8-​ounce soda has 8 teaspoons of added sugar.
By the time Nancy Schollaert Nichol arrived to see her family doctor after experiencing abdominal pain for five days, the visit didn’t last long. She was immediately sent to the UPMC Northwest emergency department in Cranberry where she found out she’d need emergency gallbladder surgery.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Combating a little-​known syndrome that is both common and deadly
Michaela Cook of Beaver Falls didn’t hesitate to give her husband one of her kidneys in 2010. The couple had two young children when Erik Cook’s organs were damaged beyond repair by type 1 diabetes. Like most living organ donors, Michaela was motivated by the desire to help a very sick loved one.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
Brothers Tim and Joe Scherer have always been close. They play on the same men’s softball team in Beaver County. They talk on the phone every day. Whenever one needs help on their home, they’re there for each other. In August 2015, Tim learned he needed a kidney. For reasons unknown, his body…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Transplantation continues to evolve with some of the pioneer’s unproven theories
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