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What is Leukemia? Acute and Chronic Differences, Treatments and Symptoms

What is Leukemia? Acute and Chronic Differences, Treatments and Symptoms
What is Leukemia? Malignant, a frightening word, applies synonymously with cancer, the uncontrolled growth of tissue. Merriam-Webster defines “malignant” as “relentlessly malevolent…tending to produce death…” Cancer is considered a malignancy because it is fatal if not removed, shrunk away, or treated. Even with these strategies, many die from it, when the true meaning of malignancy proves true. Since cancer can arise from almost any type of tissue, it is important to remember that the tissues of blood and blood-making elements are no exceptions. These are called the hematologic malignancies.   Types of blood cells The blood cells that make oxygen exchange, clotting, immunity, and countless other things possible in the body include: Red blood cells (RBCs—erythrocytes, carry oxygen to tissues and exchange carbon dioxide at the lungs). White blood cells (WBCs—leukocytes, from where the word leukemia derives, which fig ...

Copaxone (Active Ingredient, Conditions Treated, Generic Alternatives, Side Effects)

Copaxone (Active Ingredient, Conditions Treated, Generic Alternatives, Side Effects)
What is Copaxone? Copaxone® is the trade name of a prescription drug containing glatiramer as the active component. Glatiramer is a drug used in the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis(MS), it is classified as an immunomodulating agent meaning it aids in modifying the manner in which the immune system works in multiple sclerosis patients. Copaxone® is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Copaxone® is available as a pre-filled syringe solution for injection and is available in pack size of 12 x 1ml Pre-filled syringes. Active Ingredient Glatiramer is the active component of a the drug called Copaxone®, it is used in the treatment of MS, it’s actual mechanism by which it works is unknown however it is believed to work by modifying the body’s immune system which is known to be the cause (pathogenesis) of MS. MS inflammation in the spinal cord and brain is thought to be caused by defects in the body’s immune system. Gl ...

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