While primary biliary cirrhosis, a rare form of cirrhosis that destroys small bile ducts in the liver, usually affects young and middle-aged white women, minorities with the disease often have a more severe form than whites, according to a study published in the September issue of Hepatology, Reuters reports. For the report, Marion Peters of the University of California-San Francisco and colleagues analyzed 535 individuals with PBC who were being screened for a clinical trial. Participants included 462 whites, 21 blacks, 42 Hispanics and 10 other minorities. Researchers found that 46.6% of minorities were deemed ineligible for the trial because of greater disease severity, compared with 25.1% of whites. Blacks and Hispanics also were more likely than whites to have a lower activity level; severe or difficult-to-control chronic itching; and a more advanced form of the disease. Peters noted that because the disease is more common among white women, there are limited data on minorities with the disease. According to the study, "It is not clear whether these patients had more rapid disease, less access to care early in their disease or misdiagnoses due to inadequate testing, the absence of liver biopsies or the presence of (other illnesses) that may have led to a delay in treatment" Source: Kaiser Family FoundationLIN /J << Drug Remodeling for Better Efficacy Britain Farmer Brace for More Bad News With Bluetongue Infec... >> Recommended Reading Minority Women in LA County Have Higher Rates of Chronic Disease Than Whites Minority women in Los Angeles County have disproportionately higher rates of chronic disease than others, according to a report READ MORE Alcoholic Liver Disease Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general information about Alcoholic Liver Disease. READ MORE Biliary Cirrhosis Biliary cirrhosis occurs due to obstruction to the flow of bile through bile ducts either within the liver or outside the liver. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia The Essence of Yoga Blood - Sugar Chart Vent Forte (Theophylline) More News on: Alcoholic Liver DiseaseLiver BiopsyHepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseBiliary CirrhosisMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?