Date:22 June, 2014

Looking After Your Liver

Birmingham University and FutureLearn have created a free online course where you can learn about how your liver works, ways to look after it and how liver damage is caused, studied and treated around the world.

The course starts on the 27th October.  It lasts for three weeks and you need to devote about three hours a week to the course.  In completion of the course certificates are available (for a small fee).

“We are currently experiencing an international explosion of liver disease that continues to have enormous impact upon healthcare systems and global health. In the UK we have seen a 20% increase in deaths related to liver disease since 2000 and this pattern reflects the global situation. Contrary to expectations, this dramatic increase in liver disease is not restricted to patients who drink alcohol, and liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer related death. Many inherited conditions and acquired infections can also cause liver disease, and liver disease as a consequence of obesity and diet is becoming especially significant.

This course will teach you about the amazing roles the liver fulfils to keep you healthy and will show you how these functions are compromised when the liver is damaged. We will highlight the reasons why liver disease is on the increase and show you some of the amazing new treatment options available to address the global challenge of liver disease. Finally we will also show you some simple steps you can take to look after your liver.”

Go to Liver Course to register for the course.