Medical Education

History of stem cell and bone marrow transplantation in cancer and leukemia – pro

The history of stem cell research includes work with both animal and human stem cells. Stem cells can be classified into three broad categories, based on their ability to differentiate. Totipotent stem cells are found only in early embryos. Each cell can form a complete organism (e.g., identical twins). Pluripotent stem cells exist in the undifferentiated inner cell mass of the blastocyst and can form any of the over 200 different cell types found

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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia basics – pro

Lay Summary: I discuss some very basic facts about AIHA. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) due to the presence of warm agglutinins is almost always due to IgG antibodies that react with protein antigens on the red blood cell (RBC) surface at body temperature. For this reason, they are called "warm agglutinins" even though they seldom directly agglutinate the RBCs. IV Gammaglobulin blocks this process. I some cases, AIHA can be characterised by a

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