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Whats antibody therapy?

Whats antibody therapy?

Therapy using Abs.: This is therapy by way of antibody action. Vaccines are the best example because they are a way of making the body produce antibodies to a disease antigen, like a virus. The flu shot, given every year, is a prime example. ...Read more

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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by the hepatitis C virus that attacks the liver and ...Read more


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Is cell therapy different from gene therapy?

Is cell therapy different from gene therapy?

Yes: Cell therapy generally involves stem or pluripotent cells that have the potential, under the right triggers, to grow into many different types of cells. These cells are then transplanted to an area of disease. Gene therapy generally involves replacing small dysfunctional segments of dna. Dna is present in almost every cell in our body and is the instruction manual that tells the cell what to do. ...Read more

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Latest treatment for hepc , genotype 1?

Latest treatment for hepc , genotype 1?

Protease inhibitor: The latest is the addition of a protease inhibitor boceprevir or telaprevir, to peginterferon plus ribavirin to those who had partial response or relapse after the dual therapy. ...Read more

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HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Need any medication or vaccine?

HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative.  Need any medication or vaccine?

Excellent question: and your story stumps many a doctor, often! :) a lot of the recommendations depend on - are you someone with risk factors for HBV? is this the first time that it has been checked? are your liver enzymes normal? are you about to undergo any procedures/ treatments that could put you at risk for HBV? If you have no sig risk factors, yes, I'd vaccinate you if there's potential for exposure. ...Read more

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Could HIV antiretroviral drugs work for everyone?

Could HIV antiretroviral drugs work for everyone?

It depends: There are now over thirty different options for the HIV cocktail used to treat HIV infected humans. It would be very rare for any one individual to not have at least one treatment options. But, if the individual in question has a virus that has mutated and become resistant to treatment then there could be difficulties in treatment. Please see an HIV expert for your care. ...Read more

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Can i transplant kidny with negative HCV RNA (pcr) .And positive HCV anti body. Thanks?

Can i transplant kidny  with negative HCV RNA (pcr)  .And positive HCV anti body. Thanks?

May be: Do you mean to ask, "am i a suitable kidney donor?". It depends on rest of your health and markers for infectious diseases. If you are otherwise healthy you could certainly donate to a person who is already sero-positive for hep c. ...Read more

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Who needs adjuvant therapy?

Who needs adjuvant therapy?

Stage III cases: Adjuvant chemotherapy is a term used post surgery to attempt to minimize the potential for recurrent or metastatic disease. Neoadjuvant therapy is applied presurgery in an attempt to help reduce the size of a lesion to increase operability. ...Read more

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Window for hcv ab test and hcv rna test?

Window for hcv ab test and hcv rna test?

HCV: Nowadays with polymerase chain reaction technology it is making "window" periods a less discussed issue. In my practice if I suspected a recent infection (say days to weeks old)..this test would show virons in your blood. Once this virus hits your bloodstream it explodes exponentially. Some people are fortunate that their bodies contain the infection..most do not. ...Read more

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Has anyone done dialectical behavior therapy?

Has anyone done dialectical behavior therapy?

Clarify ? Please: Dbt has helped many people who are battling with serious mental health conditions. Please tell us a bit more about what kind of information you are looking for so we can be of assistance. ...Read more

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Is this a lab error for Hepatitis B?: HBsAg(-), HBsAe(+), AntiHBc(+), AntiHBc IgM(-), AntiHBc IgG(-), AntiHBs(-). Repeated 3 more times with all (-)

Is this a lab error for Hepatitis B?: HBsAg(-), HBsAe(+), AntiHBc(+), AntiHBc IgM(-), AntiHBc IgG(-), AntiHBs(-). Repeated 3 more times with all (-)

False positive tests: With negative results on three more tests, almost certainly the positive results were false. This isn't necessarily a lab error, just a glitch in the biology of the test. That is, there probably is nothing the lab could have done to either cause or prevent it. In any case, you don't have hepatitis B. If potentially at risk, e.g. sexually active and not monogamous, get vaccinated. ...Read more

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Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Ask your Hepatologis: First of all, you should not be on victrelis (boceprevir) alone. It is given for only 12 weeks in addition to standard therapy with Ribavirin and interferon. Your hepatologist should discuss treatment duration, frequency of office visits as well as frequency of blood testing before you begin therapy. I suggest you contact your prescribing physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dose of Interferon alpha 2B for Hepatitis C patient?

Dose of Interferon alpha 2B for Hepatitis C patient?

Not set dose: There is no set dose for this. Defer to your treating physician. ...Read more

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What are good HIV therapy quad drugs?

What are good HIV therapy quad drugs?

Depends on genotype: Treatment of HIV depends on the current genotype (plus past genotypes) that provide information about HIV drug resistance. Knowledge about mutations in the reverse transcriptase (rt), protease (pr) genes and sometimes integrase strand transfer inhibitor (insti) resistance help the doctor to determine the best drug regimen. Prior treatment regimens are also taken into consideration. ...Read more

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How effective is panchkarma (ayurveda therapy) for knee therapy?

How effective is panchkarma (ayurveda therapy) for knee therapy?

Ayurveda: Ayurvedic therapy can be effective for numerous musculoskeletal symptoms. However results can vary greatly based on the experience and expertise of the healer as well as the severity of the injury and receptivity of the patient. I would seek treatment from a reputable healer preferably referred to you by people you know. The risks to therapy are negligible so giving it a try seems worth while. ...Read more

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Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose- Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy Hydroxyurea Therapy When the therapy will be available?

Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose-

Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy
Hydroxyurea Therapy

When the therapy will be available?

Now: Hydroxurea is already available. I believe what you are inquiring about is gene therapy, inserting the normal beta globulin gene into someone with a hemoglobinopathy. This is currently in development and it is unclear when this, if ever, will be available outside a clinical trial. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies, and transplantation.?

Can you tell me about chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies, and transplantation.?

All to treat cancer: Various approaches are employed to manage Ca, especially those with metastasis. Chemo is most commonly employed targeting cell cycle and DNA repair mechanisms. Radiation is also used to attack large inop tumors or residual tumor in the tumor bed. Target therapies are usually immunogenic agents targeting various growth factors and immunogenic proteins. Transplantation replaces damaged marrow ...Read more

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Infergen use after pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure appropriate?

Infergen use after pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure appropriate?

Not really: I am assuming you are asking about hepatits c treatment. Infergen is an old type of interferon. Data suggest that Infergen has little or no benefit after Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure. There are new oral medications. These medications (pills) along with Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and Ribavirin has very good response rate, if you are infected with type i hepatitis c virus. Response rate is doubled from previous treatment. ...Read more

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Can a person who has forth stage cancer and taking oral chemo therapy get massage therapy?

Can a person who has forth stage cancer and taking oral chemo therapy get massage therapy?

Massage Therapy: Certain types of massage therapy works well for cancer pain. I would not recommend deep tissue massage, especially with the increased incidence of osteoporosis in cancer patients and the risk of pathologic fractures in advanced cancer patients. Effluerage and craniosacral massage therapy are effective and safe modalities for cancer pain. ...Read more

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