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2009-04-07 08:43:09

Australian scientists have made a discovery that may one day remove the need for a lifetime of toxic immunosuppressive drugs after organ transplants. Professor Jonathan Sprent and Dr Kylie Webster from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, in collaboration with colleagues, Dr Shane Grey and Stacey Walters, have successfully tested a method, in experimental mice, of adjusting the immune system for just long enough to receive a tissue transplant and accept it as 'self'. At no stage,...

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2009-02-19 09:09:12

Devices helps prevent complete vision loss and eliminate dependence on systemic immunosuppression for rare, but potentially devastating, eye condition A work accident leaves a woman blind in one eye. As she copes with the loss, within months the vision in the other, previously uninjured eye begins to blur, and the eye becomes red and inflamed. The rare eye condition, known as sympathetic ophthalmia, occurs when vision is lost in one eye through injury or multiple surgeries, and the body's...

2009-02-17 14:15:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States' fifth hand transplant recipient, Jan "Erik" Hondusky, is heading back home to Massena, New York this week after a three-month stay in Louisville under the care of Kleinert Kutz and University of Louisville surgeons. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090217/DC71832) Kleinert Kutz and UofL hand surgeons performed the Hondusky's hand transplant at Louisville's Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center on November 24,...

2009-02-12 08:53:49

To prevent the rejection of newly transplanted organs and cells, patients must take medicines that weaken their entire immune systems. Such potentially life-saving treatments can, paradoxically, leave those receiving them susceptible to life-threatening infections.Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered what seems to trigger the immune system to attack transplanted cells in the...

2009-01-26 08:50:41

Scientists at the University of Michigan Department of Dermatology, the U-M School of Public Health and their collaborators have found DNA "hotspots" that may reveal how genetic differences among individuals result in psoriasis, an autoimmune disease of the skin. Published in Nature Genetics, the findings could lead to new drug targets and tailored treatments for the disease. "This discovery highlights the role of several genes in mediating the immune responses that result in psoriasis," says...

2009-01-24 14:30:47

Scientists at UCSF have discovered an abnormality in a patient's immune system that may lead to safer therapies for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and colitis, as well as potential new ways to treat transplant rejection. The research identified antibodies from a woman's immune system that prevent infection-fighting T cells from moving through her blood stream and entering her body's organs to attack invaders such as bacteria or viruses. Findings appear in the current online...

2009-01-22 07:16:00

First and Only Biologic Approved with Infrequent, Every Twelve-Week Maintenance Dosing BEERSE, Belgium, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen-Cilag announced today that STELARA(TM) (ustekinumab), the first in a new class of biologics, has been approved by the European Commission for use across Europe. The approved indication of ustekinumab is for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who failed to respond to, or who have a contraindication to, or are intolerant to other...

2008-10-22 15:00:11

U.S. researchers say the use of modern immunosuppressive drugs eliminates the need for steroid therapy as early as seven days following a kidney transplant. Dr. Steve Woodle of the University of Cincinnati, who led the study, said elimination of a daily dose of steroids following transplantation minimizes chronic health conditions common to kidney transplant recipients. "Steroids have long been the primary source of morbidity and complications following successful kidney transplantation,"...

2008-09-18 12:00:39

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Composite Tissue Transplantation (CTT) represents a new frontier in the field of transplantation. Since 1998, surgeons worldwide have performed about 50 composite tissue transplantations, including faces, hands, larynx and abdominal walls. The American Society of Transplantation (AST) recently released a Position Paper, which acknowledges the potential benefit of CTT in traumatic tissue loss resulting from limb loss from explosive devices,...

2008-09-17 09:00:14

DOR BioPharma, Inc. (DOR or the Company) (OTCBB: DORB), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing products to treat life-threatening side effects of cancer treatments and serious gastrointestinal diseases, and vaccines against certain bioterrorism agents, announced today the formation of a European Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to provide medical/clinical strategic guidance to the Company as it relates to the ongoing development of orBec(R) for the treatment of gastrointestinal...


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