Latest Thymus Stories

2008-06-26 00:02:44

NEW DELHI: On Saturday, for the first time ever, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) performed robotic thoracoscopic thymectomy on patients with myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune disorder. AIIMS has been performing video assisted thoracoscopic (VAT) thymectomy, or removal of thymus gland, for the past eight years involving more than 200 cases so far. But this is the first time that doctors used a robot for the purpose, making the procedure more precise. "Robotic surgery...

2008-01-14 09:55:00

Detailed Images of Fast-Moving T Cells Provide First Experimental Evidence of TheoryResearchers have found a way to selectively block the ability of white blood cells to "crawl" toward the sites of injury and infection when such mobility drives disease, according to a study published today in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. The results suggest a new treatment approach for autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis, and for conditions made worse by...

2006-02-27 18:15:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox said in an interview on Monday he is feeling better after major surgery to remove a tumor from his thymus. "I do feel better," said the 53-year-old former congressman from Orange County in southern California. He was chosen last June by President George W. Bush and sworn in as chairman of the investor protection agency in August after confirmation by the Senate, replacing William Donaldson. Cox...

2005-08-11 18:50:00

Monash University scientists have rejuvenated the immune systems of mice and humans using a common hormone. The scientists, led by Associate Professor Richard Boyd and Dr Jayne Sutherland from the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, have revitalised the thymus which produces the T cells required to fight infection but which shuts down from early adulthood. Their achievement, published in the August issue of the Journal of Immunology, has offered new hope for patients with cancer,...

Latest Thymus Reference Libraries

2013-03-04 12:56:08

The thymus gland is an endocrine organ of the immune system located anteriolateral to the trachea and in between the lungs. Its primary function is to build T lymphocytes for the body’s immune system; therefore, it is most important during childhood and puberty, when it reaches its maximum size. After puberty, it will begin to atrophy and shrink in size. Old age generally brings about hypotrophy of the thymus. In children the thymus is grayish-pink in color and in adults it is yellow. On...

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