Doxorubicin disrupts the immune system to cause heart toxicity

Doxorubicin is a chemotherapy drug widely used in ovarian, bladder, lung, thyroid and stomach cancers, but it carries a harmful side effect. The drug causes a dose-dependent heart toxicity that can lead to congestive heart ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Spleen microbes of wild animals change with tick-borne illness

Anaplasmosis, a tick-borne febrile disease, can be carried by wild mammals before being transmitted to humans through a tick bite. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have found that Anaplasma bacteria ...


Seven body organs you can live without

The human body is incredibly resilient. When you donate a pint of blood, you lose about 3.5 trillion red blood cells, but your body quickly replaces them. You can even lose large chunks of vital organs and live. For example, ...

Medical research

Researchers unlock clues to how cells move through the body

During its 120-day cycle the circulatory system transports red blood cells and nutrients throughout the human body. This system helps keep the body in balance and fight against infections and diseases by filtering old or ...


Italy swaps spleen for kidney in world first

A hospital in northern Italy said Wednesday it had achieved a world first by successfully transplanting a kidney in the place of the spleen in a six-year-old girl.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Splenomegaly ups thrombosis in essential thrombocythemia

(HealthDay)—In patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET), baseline splenomegaly is associated with increased risk of thrombosis, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the American Journal of Hematology.

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