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Can Gout Cause Aplastic Anemia?
Title: Can Gout Cause Aplastic Anemia?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - October 24, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Immunosuppressant Response Predicts Aplastic Anemia Survival
Overall survival superior in therapy responders; shorter relapse - free survival with partial response (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - September 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

Gamida Cell launches severe aplastic anemia trial
Gamida Cell said today that the first patient has been transplanted in a study of its CordIn product for patients with severe aplastic anemia or hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome. The product is designed for patients with rare genetic diseases who have no fully-matched donors for a bone marrow transplantation. Gamida Cell said it is also evaluating its CordIn therapy for patients with sickle cell disease. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.   The post Gamida Cell launches severe aplastic anemia trial appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - August 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Research & Development Stem Cells Gamida Cell Source Type: news

Gamida Cell Announces First Patient Transplanted in Phase 1/2 Study of CordIn for Severe Aplastic Anemia and Hypoplastic MDS
This investigator initiated study is being conducted in collaboration with the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) JERUSALEM, Aug. 21, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- The first subject has been transplanted in an in... Biopharmaceuticals Gamida Cell, Cordin, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What Causes Anemia?
Discussion One of the most common problems in pediatrics is anemia. It is defined as “a lower than normal value for the related measurements of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and number of red blood cells”, usually 2 standard deviations below the normal for age. Normal hematological values change with age. For a discussion of which values are used click here. The most common type of anemia in childhood is iron deficiency which is commonly caused by inadequate stores (e.g. premature infant), inadequate intake (e.g. poor nutrition) or blood loss (e.g. menses). Anemia screening is recommended at age 9-12 months, and for...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Snapchat's Marie Curie Filter Includes Makeup And People Aren't Happy
Snapchat unveiled a few new photo filters for International Women’s Day on Wednesday, and one of them is ... a problem. To celebrate the day, the app rolled out filters honoring famous women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, and Marie Curie. The intention to be inclusive is there and appreciated. But there’s an issue with the Marie Curie filter ― she’s inexplicably got a smoky eye and fake eyelashes.  Shoutout to @Snapchat for adding eyelashes to the Marie Curie filter. Forgot that's what she was famous for. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/4gN2QjzR5B— Katy St Clair (@Selfies_AndCat...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 8, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Parents make tough decision to save sick son by having a 'saviour sibling'
Mohamad Al Sabbagh has severe idiopathic aplastic anemia. Hoping to save his life with the right match for a stem cell transplant, his parents are considering having a baby and implanting the infant's stem cells into their son. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Sixteen aplastic anemia patients free of disease after bone marrow transplant and chemo
Physicians report they have successfully treated 16 patients with a rare and lethal form of bone marrow failure called severe aplastic anemia using partially matched bone marrow transplants followed by two high doses of a common chemotherapy drug. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 7, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

16 aplastic anemia patients free of disease after bone marrow transplant and chemo
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Physicians at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center report they have successfully treated 16 patients with a rare and lethal form of bone marrow failure called severe aplastic anemia using partially matched bone marrow transplants followed by two high doses of a common chemotherapy drug. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Veterans Exposed To Contaminated Water At Marine Base To Receive Disability Benefits
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits to military veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to an official notice published on Thursday. Veterans, former reservists and former National Guard members who served for at least 30 days at the U.S. Marine Corps Base from 1953 to 1987 and have been diagnosed with one of eight diseases are eligible, according to the document published in the Federal Register, the government’s official journal. The Associated Press, which first reported the story, said the esti...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VA ’s Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has established a presumption of service connection for eight diseases that may be associated with exposure to contamination in the water supply at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. This will make it easier for veterans to receive the care and benefits they need. The eight diseases are adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplatic syndromes, bladder, kidney, or liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Parkinson's disease. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 13, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Implants in patients with anemia?
Have any of you installed implants in patients with well controlled, aplastic anemia or hemolytic anemia? (Source: Dental Implants Discussed by Experts)
Source: Dental Implants Discussed by Experts - January 10, 2017 Category: Dentistry Authors: osseonews Tags: Clinical Questions Surgical Source Type: news

Chinese herbal treatment shows signs of effectiveness in bone marrow recovery
FINDINGSUCLA researchers have found that a Chinese herbal regimen called TSY-1 (Tianshengyuan-1) increased telomerase activity in normal blood cells but decreased it in cancer cells. Telomerase is an enzyme responsible for the production of telomeres, which play an important role in the regulation of normal cell division. These results indicate that telomerase-based treatments may play an important role in treating both blood cell deficiency and cancer.BACKGROUNDMore than 80 percent of cancers have increased telomerase activity, and other medical conditions are also associated with decreased or abnormal telomerase function...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 14, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Male hormone reverses cell aging in clinical trial
Telomerase, an enzyme naturally found in the human organism, is the closest of all known substances to a "cellular elixir of youth." In a recent study, Brazilian and US researchers show that sex hormones can stimulate production of this enzyme. The strategy was tested in patients with genetic diseases associated with mutations in the gene that codes for telomerase, such as aplastic anemia and pulmonary fibrosis. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - July 25, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Male hormone reverses cell aging in clinical trial
( Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo ) In a recent study, researchers show that sex hormones can stimulate production of telomerase, an enzyme naturally found in the human organism. The strategy was tested in patients with genetic diseases associated with mutations in the gene that codes for this enzyme, such as aplastic anemia and pulmonary fibrosis. The authors say that the results suggest that the approach can combat the damage caused to the organism by telomerase deficiency. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Regen BioPharma, Inc. Discusses Recent Developments in Aplastic Anemia Therapy and Future Potential Expansion of HemaXellerate
SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Regen BioPharma, Inc., (RGBP), (RGBP) and (RGBPP) announced today that potential market expansion of its HemaXellerate therapy for aplastic anemia is a strategic priority. The Compan... Biopharmaceuticals, Regenerative MedicineRegen BioPharma, HemaXellerate, aplastic anemia (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 11, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What Are Common Causes of Congenital Aplastic Anemia?
Discussion Aplastic anemia are disorders where there is inadequate production of erythrocytes, granulocytes and platelets caused by decreased bone marrow production leading to a peripheral blood pancytopenia. Most often it is acquired because of exposures to infections (especially viruses such as Epstein-Barr virus, rubella, herpes, etc.), drugs (e.g. chloramphenicol, chemotherapeutic agents, etc.), toxins or radiation. Learning Point The most common congenital bone marrow failure syndromes causing pancytopenia are (in this order) Fanconi anemia, Diamond-Blackfan anemia, and Shwachman-Diamond anemia. Most have a variety of...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 17, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Aplastic anemia or dyskeratosis congenita? Unclear diagnosis forces a difficult decision
Having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is heart-wrenching for all parents, but when the diagnosis itself is uncertain, parents can face excruciatingly difficult decisions. This is what Katie and Josh Stevens of Idaho confronted after their son Riley was diagnosed in October 2012 with the blood disorder aplastic anemia, in which the body’s bone marrow produces too few oxygen-carrying red blood cells, too few infection-fighting white blood cells and too few clot-promoting platelets. He was an 11-year-old skier and runner who was tired, bruised and unable to shake a cold. When his blood was drawn, he b...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 9, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Akiko Shimamura Aplastic anemia Bone marrow Failure Program Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center stem cell transplant Suneet Agarwal Source Type: news

Aplastic Anemia Yields to Promacta (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Response rates rise for first time in 3 decades with oral agent (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)
Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage - December 7, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Sam Kimura embarks on road trip in search to find a bone marrow donor
Sam (left) and Alex (right) Kimura from Louisville, Kentucky, started their journey in January, five years after 23-year-old Sam was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Five years after stem cell transplant complications, he’s an active teenager
Drew at 2014 Be the Match Walk in NYC. His stem cell donor lives in Germany. “It’s eye-opening to realize how fragile life really is when you’re young.” Drew D’Auteuil certainly knows whereof he speaks. He is a 16-year-old animal-loving, skiing, rowing, volleyball-playing, honor roll student and licensed driver with braces and a shock of red hair. In April 2010, five months after receiving a stem cell transplant to treat the blood disorder severe aplastic anemia, Drew suffered rare, life-threatening complications. One day Drew was biking with a friend near his New Hampshire home, sufferin...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 5, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: All posts Cancer Diseases & conditions Allison O'Neill Aplastic anemia Dana-Farber/ Children's Hospital Cancer Center stem cell transplant Source Type: news

New avenue for combating deterioration in blood stem cells
Using mouse embryos, researchers have replicated the deterioration with aging of blood stem cells, particularly red blood cells, and were able to alleviate the fetal anemia suffered by the mouse embryos and prevent death in 40 percent of the cases. This is a first step towards the development of potential treatments for anemia caused by a deficient activity of these stem cells, such as the aplastic anemia in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

The CNIO opens up a new avenue for combating the deterioration in blood stem cells
(Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO)) Using mouse embryos, researchers have replicated the deterioration with aging of blood stem cells, particularly red blood cells, and were able to alleviate the fetal anemia suffered by the mouse embryos and prevent death in 40 percent of the cases.This is a first step towards the development of potential treatments for anemia caused by a deficient activity of these stem cells, such as the aplastic anemia in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 15, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Unstoppable Sisters Traveling To All 50 States To Find Bone Marrow Donors
View More: Live News|More News Videos.cbs-link {color:#4B5054;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-link:hover {color:#A7COFF;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-pipe {color:#303435;padding: 0 2px;}.cbs-resources {height:24px; background-color:#000; padding: 0 0 0 8px; width: 612px;}.cbs-more {font: normal 12px Arial; color: #4B5054; padding-right:2px;} These two sisters are on a road trip for change. Sam and Alex Kimura are on a cross-country road trip to rally people to join the National Bone Marrow Registry and to find a donor for Sam, CBS News reported. The 22-year-old has severe apla...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 22, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Boy with Aplastic Anaemia will be saved by sister with donated stem cells
Scott Anderson, six, from Newcastle, suffers from Aplastic Anaemia, a rare illness which means his bone marrow is not making red blood cells, leaving him at risk of catching killer infections at any time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Aplastic Anemia, Only a Few Genes Matter (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Gene mutations identified to help select treatment for aplastic anemia patients (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - July 2, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Longer Donor Telomeres May Confer Survival After Cell TransplantLonger Donor Telomeres May Confer Survival After Cell Transplant
Longer donor leukocyte telomeres may mean longer survival for aplastic anemia patients who undergo hematopoeitic cell transplantation (HCT), new findings show. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - February 19, 2015 Category: Pathology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

The Story Of Sharing America’s Marrow
(L-R) Taylor Shorten, Sam Kimura and Alex Kimura (photo courtesy of SAM) Two sisters and their best friend have set off on a courageous journey across the country to visit over 190 cities with a goal of registering 50,000 blood marrow donors.Alex and Sam Kimura of Louisville, Kentucky are the co-founders of Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM), a grassroots movement created years after Sam was diagnosed at age 17 with the rare bone marrow disease severe aplastic anemia. Although the cure is a blood marrow transplant, Sam, now 22, has been unable to find a match. With the support of Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, the two sisters...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mjweiss33 Tags: Boston's Best Family & Pets Health Alex Kimura Best Of blood cancer blood diseases bone marrow diseases bone marrow donors Delete Blood Cancer Donor Jam Louisville Kentucky Randy Yagi Sam Sam Kimura severe aplastic anemia S Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Marginal Healthcare, Longer Telomeres for Aplastic Anemia, Virginia Hospitalist Opportunities (FREE)
By The Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 11, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

GSK seeks European approval for eltrombopag to treat severe aplastic anaemia
British drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has submitted a marketing authorisation application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) seeking an additional indication for eltrombopag (Revolade). (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - November 13, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Gene mutation discovered in blood disorder aplastic anemia
A gene mutation that causes aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder in which the bone marrow fails to produce normal amounts of blood cells, has been discovered by an international team of scientists. The gene regulates telomeres on the ends of chromosomes. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 23, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gene mutation discovered in blood disorder
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) An international team of scientists has identified a gene mutation that causes aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder in which the bone marrow fails to produce normal amounts of blood cells. Studying a family in which three generations had blood disorders, the researchers discovered a defect in a gene that regulates telomeres, chromosomal structures with crucial roles in normal cell function. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Back in the game after stem cell transplant
By Irene Sege Some 100 days after receiving a stem cell transplant to cure his severe aplastic anemia, Behaylu Barry still couldn’t invite friends into his home. He wouldn’t be returning to school until January because his immune system needs the time to get strong enough to fight the pathogens present in indoor spaces. But 13-year-old Behaylu was doing so well that his doctor cleared him to play soccer – outdoors, of course — for the first time since February, when he was diagnosed with the life-threatening blood disorder shortly before he was to join the competitive soccer team that had just selec...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 8, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Aplastic anemia Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Transplant center Stem cell Stem Cell Transplant Program Source Type: news

FDA clears GSK’s Promacta sNDA to treat SAA patients
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its clearance to supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Promacta (eltrombopag) to treat patients with severe aplastic anaemia (SAA). (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - August 27, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA OKs Eltrombopag (Promacta) for Severe Aplastic AnemiaFDA OKs Eltrombopag (Promacta) for Severe Aplastic Anemia
Eltrombopag is indicated for patients with severe aplastic anemia who fail to respond adequately to immunosuppressive therapy. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Alert Source Type: news

Adopted from Ethiopia, his African siblings travel to Boston to save his life
By Irene Sege One morning in 2006, Aidan Barry showed his wife, Midori Kobayashi, a newspaper story on the plight of the lost boys of Sudan and children affected by the diamond war in Sierra Leone. Little did the Stratham, N.H., couple know that this moment at their breakfast table would lead them to adopt a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia whose desperately poor parents could not support all their children. Neither could they predict that, seven years later, their adopted son would develop a life-threatening blood disorder connecting his adopted family and birth family for a stem cell transplant to offer him the best chance o...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 22, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Aplastic anemia Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center our patients' stories Stem cell Stem Cell Transplant Program Source Type: news

GSK announces submission to U.S. regulatory authorities for Promacta™ (eltrombopag) for severe aplastic anaemia
GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE:GSK) announced today the submission of a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Promacta™ (eltrombopag). (Source: GSK news)
Source: GSK news - February 28, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA grants breakthrough therapy status to GSK's anaemia drug eltrombopag
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough therapy designation for GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Promacta/Revolade (eltrombopag) for the treatment of cytopenias in patients with severe aplastic anaemia (SAA) who have had insufficien… (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - February 6, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

GSK gains FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation for Promacta®/Revolade® (eltrombopag) for severe aplastic anaemia
GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE:GSK) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for Promacta®/Revolade® (eltrombopag). (Source: GSK news)
Source: GSK news - February 3, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Stem cell donation: make a friend, save a life
If a stranger save your life, wouldn't you want to meet them? Many stem cell recipients do – and forge lasting friendships with their donorsSomewhere in London is my perfect match. He is well-built, a year older than me, popular with my friends and family – a real hero. We've never met.He is my stem cell donor, a 10/10 fit for my blood tissue type, according to our human leukocyte antigen (HLA) – the unique "barcode" we each have on our immune system's cells – which allows the body to distinguish itself from foreign bodies so it can fight invading organisms. When I was diagnosed with high-...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 2, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Partos Tags: The Guardian Health & wellbeing Society Features Stem cells Life and style Organ donation Source Type: news

Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein: Recall - Traces of Antibiotic
Risk of aplastic anemia and allergic reactions. (Source: FDA MedWatch)
Source: FDA MedWatch - November 12, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pushing cancer to the sidelines
September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of all the children living with the disease, the doctors and nurses who devote their lives to treating them and the researchers who are working tirelessly for a cure, former Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center patient Greg Devlin, shares his story about the teamwork that allowed him to overcome cancer. Greg Before I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in August of 2007 I was an all star basketball player. At the age of 11 I led my AAU basketball team to a third place finish in the Massachusetts State Tournament. I hit three buz...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 10, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Cancer Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories childhood cancer Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center National Childhood Cancer Awarness Month Source Type: news

Pushing a blood disorder to the sidelines
September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of all the children living with the disease, the doctors and nurses who devote their lives to treating them and the researchers who are working tirelessly for a cure, former Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center patient Greg Devlin, shares his story about the teamwork that allowed him to overcome cancer. Greg Before I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in August of 2007, I was an all star basketball player. At the age of 11 I led my AAU basketball team to a third place finish in the Massachusetts State Tournament. I hit three bu...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 10, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Cancer Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories childhood cancer Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center National Childhood Cancer Awarness Month Source Type: news

What Causes Lymphocytosis?
Discussion Lymphocytes are an important part of the cellular and humoral immunity. Absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) is usually used to determine ranges of normal for lymphocytes. The ALC is higher in neonates and young children (up to 8000 cells/microL) but in those> 12 years of age is normally> 4000 cells/microL. Lymphopenia is usually defined as
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 24, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Overcoming Drew’s blood disorder, together
When Jen’s son Drew was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder, their entire lives changed. In this blog, Jen describes how she and Drew coped with the disease, treatment and recovery, as well as the care they both received at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. (Click the link to see the center’s new website.) By Jen D’Auteuil Jen and her son Drew When my son Drew was diagnosed with aplastic anemia (AA) at 10 years old, our lives turned upside down. His bone marrow had stopped producing the cells that he needed for iron and oxygen transfers, for blood clo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 29, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Cancer Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) Aplastic anemia blood disorders Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center our patients' stories Source Type: news

Horsemeat investigation: latest update
On February 14 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) released a statement that it had detected the presence of phenylbutazone (bute) in horses slaughtered in the UK. They tested a total of 206 horse carcasses between January 30 and February 7 2013. Of these, eight tested positive for the drug. Of these eight: Six were sent to France and may have entered the food chain. The remaining two did not leave the slaughterhouse in the UK and have now been disposed of in accordance with EU rules. The FSA is gathering information on the six carcasses sent to France and will work with the French authorities to trace them. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet QA articles Source Type: news

Mystery meat: it's what's for dinner | GrrlScientist
There's more mystery lurking in a horsemeat burger than meets the eye (and none of it is tasty)When I was an undergraduate in college, my colleagues and I would joke about the meals served in the dorm cafeteria as containing "mystery meat". At the time, I was fresh off the racetrack, and I viewed the identity of minced meat – "hamburger" in the USA – with scepticism. Shortly thereafter, I stopped eating meat altogether.Even though I love horses and now am vegan (except one or two days per week when I give in to my lust for sheep cheese), I don't have a problem with people eating horsemeat &n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 12, 2013 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: Blogposts guardian.co.uk Science Source Type: news

Eating horsemeat: what are the steaks? | Henry Gee
Harder than nailing jelly to the ceiling, harder even than understanding a sermon by Dr Rowan Williams, is trying to get the general public to appreciate what is meant by 'risk'Many years ago when the world was young (okay, it was 1993) I was enjoying a leisurely lunch at CalTech in Pasadena with seismologist Dr Lucille Jones. She spent much time engaged in outreach, she explained, trying to persuade the public of California to take appropriate precautions in case of earthquakes. The problem was making sure people were well-informed without instilling mass panic. Earthquakes powerful enough to cause serious damage don't oc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 12, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Henry Gee Tags: Blogposts Health guardian.co.uk Mathematics Food & drink Society Horsemeat scandal Life and style Food science Source Type: news

Official advice about horsemeat safety released
Concerns have been raised about the safety of horsemeat in the wake of the contaminated beef scandal. The Daily Mail asks, 'Is horsemeat harmful after all?', while The Guardian states that, 'Contaminated horsemeat could harm health, warns environment secretary.' Horsemeat has been confirmed to have been present in several products labelled and sold as "beef". Horsemeat in itself is not a health risk, with some commentators arguing it is actually healthier than beef as it contains less fat. The main worry is that as the horsemeat has been illegally introduced into the food chain, it might not comply with...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet QA articles Source Type: news

LCNDG Rapid Review: Anti-thymocyte globulin (horse) for the first-line treatment of aplastic anaemia
Source: London Cancer New Drugs Group Area: Evidence> Drug Specific Reviews Immunosuppressive therapy with antithymocyte globulin (ATG) (usually with ciclosporin) has been the standard first-line treatment for patients with aplastic anaemia who are not eligible for HSCT for decades.    Horse ATG (Lymphoglobuline®) was used first-line in the UK for many years but this was withdrawn from the market in 2007 - rabbit ATG (Thymoglobuline®) was then used as a substitute. However recently published data has shown that outcomes are inferior for this product compared to horse ATG and this has led to the BC...
Source: NeLM - Drug Specific Reviews - January 22, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news