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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hbv +ve,My pcr hbv dna quantitative is 198,HBeAg -ve, Anti-HBe +ve, Anti-HBc IgM -ve, can you please explain the results& proposed treatment ?
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
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
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
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
No: no effect on testing.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose-
Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy
When the therapy will be available?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer