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Moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in hepatitis B chronic carriers: a case–control study
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    Coffee, hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma: study exclusions and omissions are significant

    Sir,

    As a coffee-drinking virologist, I read Leung et al's report on coffee consumption and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with interest[1].

    The authors excluded those "under medication for liver diseases". It is a reasonable assumption that this means that patients who were receiving antiviral therapy for hepatitis B virus (HBV), e.g. lamivudine, entecavir etc. were excluded. Because patients...

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