Interferon

Definition of Interferon:

A protein formed by the cells of the immune system in the presence of a virus, etc.  It prevents viral reproduction, and is capable of protecting noninfected cells from viral infection.  Several kinds of interferon exist including alpha, beta, and gamma.

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Breast Cancer

...recommendation Melatonin
“...Positive results have been shown with melatonin on its own and in combination with interferon, tumor necrosis factor, and tamoxifen...”
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Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

...the condition
“...Interferon helps the immune system combat cancer cells...”

Chronic Neutrophilic Leukemia (CNL)

...the condition
“...Varying success has also been reported with the use of traditional chemotherapies including hydroxyurea and interferon...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...cirrhosis caused by alcohol abuse is treated by abstaining from alcohol; treatment for hepatitis-related cirrhosis involves medications used to treat the different types of hepatitis, such as interferon for viral hepatitis and corticosteroids for autoimmune hepatitis; cirrhosis caused by Wilson's disease, in which copper builds up in organs, is treated with medications to remove the copper...”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

...the condition
“...Researchers have tested many drugs, including amantidine, steroids, interferon, acyclovir, antiviral agents, and antibiotics...”

Cytokines

...related topic
“...There are at least 17 different kinds of interleukin and 3 classes of interferon called alpha, beta and gamma and various subsets...”

Germanium

...as a treatment
“...It activates the production of Interferon, Macrophages and NK-Lymphocytes...”

Hepatitis

...the condition
“...Indirect evidence for the importance of high NK cell function in limiting chronic hepatitis C infection was demonstrated by two studies of infected patients treated with alpha interferon...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“...[5] In a preliminary study of people with hepatitis C, 544 IU of vitamin E per day for 24 weeks improved the response to interferon/antioxidant therapy, although the results did not reach statistical significance...”

Immunotherapy

...as a treatment
“...Topical immunotherapy utilizes an immune enhancement cream (imiquimod) which is an interferon producer causing the patients own killer T-cells to destroy warts, actinic keratoses, basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, cutaneous lymphoma, and superficial malignant melanoma...”
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Kaposi's Sarcoma

...the condition
“...The compound used most commonly in immunotherapy is interferon, usually injected three times a week under the skin or into a lesion...”

Leukemia

...the condition
“...and Prevention: Treatment depends on the type of leukemia present ... Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML): Treated with specific drugs, radiotherapy, corticosteroids, bone marrow transplant, interferon...”

Ozone / Oxidative Therapy

...as a treatment
“...Bio-oxidative therapies increase the production of interferon and Tumor Necrosis Factor, which the body uses to fight infections and cancers...”

Prostate Cancer

...recommendation Melatonin
“...Positive results have been shown with melatonin on its own and in combination with interferon, tumor necrosis factor, and tamoxifen...”

Schizophrenia

...the condition
“...Interferon, amantadine, anti-viral drugs A number of non-psychotropic drugs can create psychosis...”

Shiitake Mushrooms

...as a treatment
“...These so-called lymphokines, such as interferon and interleukin, stimulate the defense system through the proliferation of phagocytes, including macrophages and other immune fighters that attack cancer cells, bacteria, and viruses...”

Therapeutic Fasting

...as a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: During an acute viral illness, fasting activates white blood cells and causes more interferon to be produced...”

Thymic Factors

...as a treatment
“...interferon, interleukins) that influence the specialization and migration of T-lymphocytes throughout the body...”
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