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Heart transplant drug gives additional anti-rejection cover

A new transplant anti-rejection drug that also reduces the incidence of infection is to be released on the market specifically designed for heart transplant recipients. Current medications act to suppress the immune system to allow the organ to avoid detection by the body's immune cells that could lead to an immune reaction and rejection of the foreign tissue. However, the drugs act on the whole immune system making the person more susceptible to severe infections. With the implementation of the new drug, daclizumab to an anti-rejection drug regime, scientists have shown that it successfully decreases the incidence of heart rejection, heart dysfunction and death of patients. Patients still fell ill with typical opportunistic infections that plague transplant recipients on anti-rejection drugs

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medical News Today

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About: Heart transplant drug gives additional anti-rejection cover

Date: 1 July 2005

Source: Medical News Today

Author: Christine Pashley

URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=26853

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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Cause of organ rejection
  • Cause of severe infection
  • Risk and organ rejection
  • Risk and severe infection
  • Risk and opportunistic infection
  • Risk and transplant rejection
  • Risk and heart dysfunction
  • Risk and death
  • Risk and anti-rejection drugs
  • Risk and anti-rejection medication
  • Risk and transplant medication
  • Risk and transplant drug
  • Risk and transplant heart
  • Risk and heart transplant
  • Risk and transplant recipient
  • Medication
  • Medication and infection
  • Medication and opportunistic infection
  • Medication and transplant rejection
  • Medication and heart dysfunction
  • Medication and anti-rejection drugs
  • Medication and anti-rejection medication
  • Medication and transplant medication
  • Medication and transplant drug
  • Medication and transplant heart
  • Medication and heart transplant
  • Medication and transplant recipient

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