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2012-01-27 11:24:48

Stopping immunosuppressive prednisone soon after transplantation found safe Highlights:     Patients who quickly stop taking the immunosuppressant prednisone after receiving a kidney transplant avoid experiencing serious prednisone-related side effects.     This rapid discontinuation of prednisone does not jeopardize the long-term survival of patients and their new organs.     Approximately 16,500 patients receive kidney transplants each...

2011-12-12 15:31:26

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), the transplantation of blood-forming stem cells from the bone marrow, peripheral blood, or umbilical cord blood, is the primary option for treatment for many patients who suffer from various hematologic disorders, including blood cancers, sickle cell disease, bone marrow deficiencies, bleeding disorders, and autoimmune disorders. Research investigating breakthroughs in hematopoietic cell transplantation will be presented today at the 53rd Annual...

2011-10-07 11:35:06

Discovery may help prevent kidney damage in organ transplant patients Modern medicine´s ability to save lives through organ transplantation has been revolutionized by the development of drugs that prevent the human body from rejecting the transplanted organ. But those antirejection drugs have their own side effects – sometimes serious. A group of researchers led by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered the process that may be causing many of...

2011-10-06 09:13:12

Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a novel protocol that allows kidney-transplant recipients to jettison their indispensable immune-suppressing drugs. The protocol could also spell substantial savings to the health-care system. The researchers have reported their progress in a letter that will be published Oct. 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Eight of the 12 patients discussed in the small study have now been off of immunosuppressant drugs...

2011-09-23 11:27:41

Immediately after transplantation, patients should minimize or avoid using certain anti-rejection drugs Patients who receive kidney transplants must take lifelong medications that, while preventing organ rejection, can also compromise other aspects of health. Immunosuppresive drugs called calcineurin inhibitors protect transplanted organs from being rejected, but they can be toxic to the kidneys over the long term and can make patients susceptible to infection, cancer, and other threats....

2011-09-19 23:54:45

Surgery to correct gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can preserve lung function in patients with end-stage pulmonary disease both before and after transplantation, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, published today in the Archives of Surgery, suggest that esophageal testing should be performed more frequently among these patients to determine if anti-reflux surgery is needed. Many end-stage lung disease patients,...

2011-09-19 23:34:43

Our livers can fight back against the immune system–reducing organ rejection but also making us more susceptible to liver disease. Scientists at the Centenary Institute in Sydney have seen for the first time (in mice) how the liver goes independent, engulfing and destroying the body's defence troops–T-cells. Their discovery, published overnight in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), opens the way to both new approaches to transplant rejection, and to the...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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