September 9, 2013
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Autoimmune disease strategy emerges from immune cell discovery

Scientists have identified a new way to manipulate the immune system that may keep it from attacking the body’s own molecules in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Continue reading

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September 5, 2013
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Body’s ‘safety procedure’ could explain autoimmune disease

Researchers have found an important safety mechanism in the immune system that may malfunction in people with autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, potentially paving the way for innovative treatments. Continue reading

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July 19, 2013
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New functions for autoimmune disease ‘risk’ gene identified

Researchers have identified infection-fighting and inflammation-suppressing functions for a gene associated with human autoimmune disease. The discovery, centered on a gene known as PTPN22, could set into motion new treatment approaches for autoimmune … Continue reading

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July 18, 2013
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Researcher finds way to convert blood cells into autoimmune disease treatment

Cells from one’s own blood could be converted into a treatment for autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, thanks to new research. Continue reading

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June 4, 2013
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Innate immunity: When DNA is out of place

In animal cells, DNA molecules are normally restricted to the cell nucleus and the mitochondria. When DNA appears outside these organelles – in the so-called cytosol – it most probably originates from a bacterial pathogen or a DNA virus. This is why cytosolic DNA triggers a strong response by the innate immune system. However, various types of insult can also lead to the release into the cytosol of the cell’s own DNA. In this case, the resulting immune response may precipitate an autoimmune disease. Continue reading

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May 24, 2013
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Immune cell activation in multiple sclerosis: New indicator molecules visualize activation of auto-aggressive T cells

Biological processes are generally based on events at the molecular and cellular level. To understand what happens in the course of infections, diseases or normal bodily functions, scientists would need to examine individual cells and their activity di… Continue reading

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May 18, 2013
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Consuming coffee linked to lower risk of an autoimmune liver disease

Regular consumption of coffee is associated with a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an autoimmune liver disease. Continue reading

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April 4, 2013
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Obesity without the health problems? There could be a way

Obesity is linked to the widespread epidemics of diabetes and heart disease that plague society, but a lesser-known fact is that the weight can also lead to autoimmune disease. Now, researchers have new information about how that damaging immune respon… Continue reading

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March 25, 2013
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Hunger-spiking neurons could help control autoimmune diseases

Neurons that control hunger in the central nervous system also regulate immune cell functions, implicating eating behavior as a defense against infections and autoimmune disease development, researchers have found. Continue reading

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February 8, 2013
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Rheumatoid arthritis prevented in mice: Infusions of regulatory T cells turn off autoimmune attack on joints

Scientists have demonstrated a new strategy for treating autoimmune disease that successfully blocked the development of rheumatoid arthritis in a mouse model. They say it holds promise for improved treatment of arthritis and other autoimmune disorders… Continue reading

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February 4, 2013
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Low vitamin D levels may increase risk of Type 1 diabetes

Having adequate levels of vitamin D during young adulthood may reduce the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by as much as 50 percent, according to researchers. The findings, if confirmed in future studies, could lead to a role for vitamin D supplemen… Continue reading

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February 4, 2013
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Scientists find a key element of lupus, suggesting better drug targets

Scientists have identified specific cellular events that appear key to lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease that afflicts tens of millions of people worldwide. The findings suggest that blocking this pathway in lupus-triggering cells could be a pot… Continue reading

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January 17, 2013
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GI tract bacteria may protect against autoimmune disease

Early life exposure to normal bacteria of the GI tract (gut microbes) protects against autoimmune disease in mice, according to new research. The study may also have uncovered reasons why females are at greater risk of autoimmune diseases such as multi… Continue reading

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November 23, 2010
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Four steps to reduce diabetes risk

Half of all Americans may be diabetic or prediabetic by 2020, a report from an insurance company warned Tuesday. That’s an even bleaker projection than the Centers for Disease Control’s recent estimate that one in three Americans would have diabetes by 2050. Continue reading

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