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What I need to know about Liver Transplantation by Dr. Anshu Gupta Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Jun 2009 4:40pm What does my liver do? Your liver helps fight infections and cleans your blood. It also helps digest food and stores energy for when you need it. What are the signs of liver problems? Some signs of liver problems are feeling tired or weak losing your appetite feeling sick to your stomach ... Read on »
Immune Suppressants: Freedom at a price… by FitBuff Brandon Patient Expert Posted Wed 21 Apr 2010 5:00am Introduction The word 'freedom' is used very lightly these days by all and sundry and can be compared to the way people use the word 'sorry'. In my book, people who understand the meaning of these words use them wisely, and at a time when it is truly appropriate. What is freedom? Do you actually believe that you live in ... Read on »
Immune Suppressants: A Self-defeating drug or necessary evil? by FitBuff Brandon Patient Expert Posted Tue 19 Apr 2011 8:17am For a while now, I have been a firm believer in not suppressing your thoughts, emotions or words. People love to edit what you say, despite the proverbial right of "freedom of speech". If you cannot use the words that you are most used to to convey your deepest thoughts, then what's the point, really! But then again – the a ... Read on »
IBD by nitinsyal Patient Expert Posted Thu 25 Jun 2009 9:53pm Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an idiopathic disease, probably involving an immune reaction of the body to its own intestinal tract. The 2 major types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease. As the name suggests, ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon; Crohn disease can involve any segment of the gastrointestinal tract from the ... Read on »
The Bittersweet Reality of Transplants by ittybittybabymom Posted Mon 24 Aug 2009 12:34pm Receiving a transplant is bittersweet in many ways.  First, the fact that one needs a transplant is bad, but the fact that they could actually find an organ compatible is good.  Second, the fact that one now has a functioning organ is good, but the fact that one will have to be on immunosuppressants, with all of their side effects, for the re ... Read on »
Stem Cell Therapy. Some Truth — Lots of Snake Oil by Bob Aronson Patient Expert Posted Mon 03 Dec 2012 8:24pm We’ve heard that stem cells can cure nearly anything from multiple sclerosis to cancer to heart disease and can even clear the mist from the minds of Alzheimer’s sufferers.   The sad truth is that at the moment stem cells, whether adult or embryonic cure nothing.  Stem cells in the form of bone marrow have long been used in the treatment of blo ... Read on »
How to best design RCTs for new transplant immunosuppressives by Matt S. Posted Tue 20 Oct 2009 12:00am The ability to adequately suppress the immune system and prevent allograft rejection has been a true success story over the past several decades.  With the advent of drugs such as calcineurin inhibitors, induction agents such as thymoglobulin, azathioprine and later MMF, the vast majority of patients who undergo kidney transplant can count on ... Read on »
Autoimmune Hepatitis by Dr. Anshu Gupta Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Jun 2009 4:40pm Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks liver cells. This causes the liver to become inflamed (hepatitis). Researchers think a genetic factor may predispose some people to autoimmune diseases. About 70 percent of those with autoimmune hepatitis are women, most between the ages of 15 and 40. The dis ... Read on »
Wake Me Up When September Ends by Taking Heart Registered Nurse Posted Tue 29 Sep 2009 10:33pm T his has been a busy, busy month. I have looked at my blog with a fuzzy brain every day since my last post… and I continue to stare with blank thoughts. Nothing serious, snarky, or spiritual to write about. My “wit” has dimmed (he-he). So, in celebration of my blank brain… here are some random thoughts. I love love love coffee th ... Read on »
My Love-Hate Relationship with Immunosuppressant Medicines by Andrew Posted Sat 23 Oct 2010 8:06pm Towards the end of a whirlwind of recent travels, a never ending headache set in. Many factors historically caused me headaches including migraines, stress, and reaction to medications (see earlier post re. Humira). When I was driving home from work yesterday, I began to connect together a set of other symptoms…constantly clogged left side of ... Read on »