Autoimmune Diseases


  • 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
  • Structures from Immune System’s Oldest Branch Shed Light on a Range of Diseases
    How molecules of the oldest branch of the human immune system have interconnected has remained a mystery. Now, two new structures, both involving a central component of an enzyme important to the complement system of the immune response, reveal how this system fights ...More
    June 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Body Determines Optimal Amount of Germ-Fighting B Cells
    PHILADELPHIA – Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine can now explain how the body determines whether there are enough mature B-cells in the bloodstream at any one time. These are the cells that produce antibodies against germs to fight ...More
    November 4, 2008 Posted in News