MinervaBMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1242 (Published 13 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1242
Medical online blogging should probably come with its own health warning. The Canadian Medical Association’s journal presents what might happen if a disgruntled and tired doctor working in emergency medicine were to share his frustrations anonymously on a popular online social networking website, and advises “don’t do it.” Consider three aspects: professionalism, freedom of speech, and self protection; material that seems to be innocent enough can come back to haunt you later in your career (CMAJ 2008;179:292, doi: 10.1503/cmaj.080757).
Transplant acceptance inducing cells (TAICs) are a type of macrophage that could enable transplant patients to reduce their need for immunosuppression that would prevent their body from rejecting their new organ. In one trial, patients were given the cells after their transplant operation and then were slowly weaned off their immunosuppressant drugs. The results showed that the treatment was safe and clinically practical. In another trial patients were given cells before surgery, with no beneficial results, but none of the patients had negative effects as a result of TAIC therapy …
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