Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Immune Disorders

New Approach to Bone Marrow Transplants

Posted in Immune Disorders, Research

Children with deficiencies in their immune system, such as children with SCID, or bubble boy disease, are susceptible to infections and will die without a bone marrow stem cell transplant, or less commonly, gene therapy.  A new approach clears the body of factors that cause rejection without attacking other tissues.  The conventional method for preparing [&hellip

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Happy People Tend to Be Healthy People

Posted in Geriatric Health, Immune Disorders, Mental Health, Research

Happier people tend to be healthier people.  If you try to get along with others, your day will go more smoothly, you'll be happier, and yes, healthier.  It makes sense that it's easier to get through the day if you're in good spirits.  A short time ago, an Oregon study that found that getting along [&hellip

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Chemotherapy and Stem Cell Transplant may Help MS Patients

Posted in Diseases, Immune Disorders

Using chemotherapy followed by transplantation of stem cells seemed to help patients with early multiple sclerosis, a recent study reported.  Peter Calabresi, an MS expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the results

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Study Looks at Genes and Leukemia

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Genetics, Immune Disorders, Research

Researchers looked at five genes associated with acute myeloid leukemia.  That was in 872 patients.  They found that only patients with a certain combination of these genes stood to benefit from a marrow transplant.  They also found that AML patients without a certain combination of two mutations were 44% less likely to relapse or die in [&hellip

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Intermittent HIV Treatment and Risk of Infection

Posted in Immune Disorders, Medications, Sexual Health

20080901-intermittent_hiv_treatment_and_risk_of_infectionA recent trial showed that continuous treatment of HIV infection is better than stopping treatment when the patient’s immune status is good and restarting it when immune status deteriorates (interrupted treatment). At the end of this trial, patients assigned to intermittent treatment were begun on continuous treatment and observed for 18 months. When persons assigned [&hellip

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IBD and Pregnancy

Posted in Diseases, Immune Disorders, Parenting & Pregnancy, Women's Health

Most people are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease or IBD during their childbearing years, and the condition can compromise a woman’s ability to conceive and remain pregnant.  But Mary Harris, an IBD expert at Johns Hopkins, says prospective parents shouldn’t be discouraged

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Taking a Second Look at HIV Medications

Posted in Diseases, Immune Disorders, Medications

Taking a second look at an equation that’s been around for quite some time has allowed Johns Hopkins researchers to develop a new tool to help predict which drugs will be most effective against HIV infection.’ Robert Siliciano, the study’s senior investigator, says use of this formula could really benefit people who are infected

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What Works for HIV

Posted in Diseases, Immune Disorders, Medications, Viruses

Using a formula that’s been around for quite some time helps predict which drugs will be most effective against HIV, Johns Hopkins researchers have reported.’ Robert Siliciano, the study’s senior investigator, says the formula should also prove useful for infections other than

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