‘Missing self’ contributes to organ rejection after transplantation

Immune cells called natural killer cells contribute to organ rejection after transplantation because they miss “self” proteins on donor cells, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of JASN. A better understanding of this process may help clinicians prevent and treat organ rejection. Transplanted organs are recognized by the immune system of the… Read More »

Man dies after receiving AZ vaccine

A Tasmanian man in his 40s has died after receiving his first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the state’s authorities have said. The 44-year-old man, who died in hospital last weekend, was a confirmed case of the very rare blood-clotting syndrome thrombosis with thrombocytopenia, known as TTS. He is the fifth Australian whose death… Read More »

Health Care Should Go (Micro) Nuclear

By KIM BELLARD I think of hospitals as the healthcare system’s nuclear power plants.  They’re both big, complex, expensive to build, beset with heavy regulatory burdens, consistently major components of their respective systems (healthcare and electric generation) yet declining in number.  Each is seen to offer benefits to many but also to pose unexpected risk… Read More »

Essential Reads: Neurosteroids, Allopregnanolone and Vulnerability to Depression in Women

Essential Reads: Neurosteroids, Allopregnanolone and Vulnerability to Depression in Women Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from a depressive disorder.  In addition, they are vulnerable to mood disorders associated with reproductive functioning, specifically premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal depression, and perimenopausal depression. There is strong evidence to indicate that biological factors (genetic vulnerability,… Read More »