immunosuppression immunosuppression


  • (n) lowering the body's normal immune response to invasion by foreign substances; can be deliberate (as in lowering the immune response to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ) or incidental (as a side effect of radiotherapy or chemotherapy for cancer)


  • At best, though, immunosuppression is a blunderbuss approach that also leaves the body unshielded against lethal germs and sometimes apparently cancer.


  1. Hand transplantation: New method for local immunosuppression successful

    Hope for hand amputees: researchers have successfully tested a new method for local immunosuppression.
    on August 21, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. JPIDS explores trends in perinatally infected HIV patients now approaching adulthood

    ( Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society ) The advent of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has transformed HIV from a death sentence into a chronic disease. In one of the largest studies of perinatally infected HIV patients to date, Agwu, et al, found that the proportion of patients on ART has increased and rates of viremia and advanced immunosuppression have decreased.
    on August 16, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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  1. "A reduction in the requirement for immunosuppression decreases the potential for untoward side effects that are common with those types of drugs," said Thomas Okarma, the company's chief executive officer, in a statement.
    on Jun 11, 2007 By: Thomas Okarma Source: Reuters

  2. "It's autologous, we don't need to worry about rejection of tissue, and immunosuppression," says Glenn Winnier of Pharmafrontiers, a company in Woodland, Texas.
    on Jun 21, 2006 By: Glenn Source: EurekAlert (press release)

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