A Double Whammy

Exposure to certain chemicals may be a quiet culprit in the global increase of liver disease.

Paul Coater has never been much of a drinker. The retired Marine figures that in three decades, his drinks maxed out at two beers a year, with a few special occasion celebrations thrown in. “I might have really wahoo-ed it and drank two glasses of wine on New Year’s,” he says. So he was surprised when he was diagnosed in 2010 with stage-four cirrhosis, the scarring of liver tissue often associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Coater was referred to Matthew Cave, a liv...

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