UF Researchers Find a Strong Correlation Between Liver Cancer and Cyanobacterial Toxins

When researchers in the UF Center for Emerging Pathogens analyzed U.S. public health data from 1999-2010, they determined that contamination from cyanobacterial blooms is a potential risk factor for non-alcoholic liver disease. They superimposed satellite maps of U.S. areas covered by cyanobacterial blooms over a map of clusters of non-alcoholic liver disease, and a statistical analysis revealed that bloom coverage was a significant factor influencing the rate of non-alcoholic liver diseases. The study shows a possible association but not a causal one. Other studies are needed to more accurately assess the risk.


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Written by Dorothy Zimmerman

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Posted: July 18, 2019


Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Blue-green Algae, Climate Change, Climate Tools, Cyanobacteria, Emerging Pathogens, HABs, Harmful Algae, Harmful Algal Blooms, Health, Health And Safety, Liver Cancer, Medical Science, Nutrient Impact, Oceans, Pollution, Public Health, Red Tide, Satellite Imagery, Toxins, UF Research Discoveries, UF/IFAS Research, Water Quality


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