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Autoimmune Diseases

  • Autoimmunity and Infections: When the Body Fights Itself
    Doctors are on the trail of a possible connection between autoimmune diseases and infections: errors can occur when immune cells absorb certain proteins from pathogen cells. These findings were reported in the journal PNAS by researchers from the Department of Biomedicine ...More
    January 6, 2017 Posted in News
  • Gut Bacteria May Hold Key to Treating Autoimmune Disease
    Defects in the body’s regulatory T cells cause inflammation and autoimmune disease by altering the type of bacteria living in the gut, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have discovered. The study, “Resetting microbiota by ...More
    December 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Mechanism Behind Development of Autoimmune Hepatitis
    A gene mutation disrupts the activity of certain immune cells and causes the immune system to erroneously attack the liver, according to a new animal study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, ...More
    July 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Autoimmune Disease: The Viral Route is Confirmed
    Why would our immune system turn against our own cells? This is the question that the combined Inserm/CNRS/ Pierre and Marie Curie University/Association Institut de Myologie have strived to answer in their “Therapies for diseases of striated muscle,” concentrating in ...More
    December 19, 2012 Posted in News
  • How Infection Can Trigger Autoimmune Disease
    Australian scientists have confirmed a 'weak link' in the immune system – identifying the exact conditions under which an infection can trigger an autoantibody response, a process not clearly understood until now. We have known for many years that autoimmune diseases such ...More
    November 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Common Adult Vaccinations Do Not Increase the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Common adult vaccinations are not associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting in Atlanta. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that ...More
    November 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Inside One's Own Body Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases
    Researchers are using 21st century technologies to investigate the century-old hypothesis that certain autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, are caused by bacteria living in the human body and will present their initial data this week at the American College ...More
    November 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • Allergies Blamed on Excessive Cleanliness
    Allergies have become a widespread in developed countries: hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are all increasingly prevalent. The reason? Excessive cleanliness is to blame according to Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of ...More
    April 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Fundamental Step in Immune-System Development
    Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a fundamental step in the development of the immune system, one that allows B cells to mature and fight disease by producing effective antibodies.Immunologist Roberta Pelanda, PhD, and her colleagues have demonstrated ...More
    March 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Protein Central to Being Male Plays Key Role in Wound Healing
    A molecular receptor pivotal to the action of male hormones such as testosterone also plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to heal, report scientists in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.In studies in mice, scientists at the University ...More
    January 4, 2010 Posted in News
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