Fatty Liver Diseases: A Public Health Concern, But Market Opportunity
A new epidemiological analysis suggests the increasing number of patients from across the globe with some form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease promises an effective therapy would be a welcome addition to the armamentarium of liver disease specialists.
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