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“When you hit rock bottom…the only way to go is up.”
The Franciscan Hospital for Children Heartbreak Hill 5K on June 14, 2014, was a special day for Justin Ith. It was the first time the 16-year-old, who weighed a mere 70 pounds at the time, had been outside for months. As a nurse pushed the wheelchair-bound teen across the finish line, he turned to her and vowed, “Next year, I’m going to finish this race by myself.” Justin at his first 5K in 2014 and his second in 2015 after nine months of rehabilitation A few months earlier, Justin had been living the life of the average high school student. Skateboarder. Guitar player. Anime aficionado. “I thought ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 12, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories Dr. Robert Fuhlbrigge Franciscan Hospital for Children lupus rheumatology program Source Type: news

Study details 'rotten egg' gas' role in autoimmune disease
A new study has demonstrated how regulatory T cells can themselves be regulated, by an unexpected source: hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced by the body's muscle cells and one often associated with the smell of rotten eggs. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Penn study details 'rotten egg' gas' role in autoimmune disease
(University of Pennsylvania) A new study led by Songtao Shi of the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated how regulatory T cells can themselves be regulated, by an unexpected source: hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced by the body's muscle cells and one often associated with the smell of rotten eggs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Necrotizing Autoimmune Myopathy: Features and OutcomesNecrotizing Autoimmune Myopathy: Features and Outcomes
In a new review of NAM cases, half were idiopathic and statins, cancer, and connective tissue disease were risk factors. Researchers recommend intravenous immune globulin and corticosteroids as initial therapy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - August 10, 2015 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Stress and the Celiac: How to Fuel Research and Solve Challenges
We all know about stress. If we have a pulse, we have it. Scientific research supports the theory that it shortens our lives: "Chronic psychological stress appears to accelerate biological aging." As a person dedicated to leading a healthy, active life, this worries me. Why? Because I live with celiac disease and there is a bit of stress whenever I need to think about my treatment. Daily. Several times each day, in fact. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune condition that is triggered by gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley. When your disease is managed by excluding these grains from your diet...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Interior life: UCLA doctors use the body's own microorganisms to fight disease
This may strike many people as distasteful, but human stool now is used as a medical therapy against at least one dangerous infection. It is happening at UCLA and at a small number of other major medical centers, where processed stool from healthy donors is being introduced into the gastrointestinal tracts of patients with Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. The infection is most commonly acquired in the hospital, causing diarrhea, intestinal pain and cramps, fever and potentially worse — 14,000 people die from C. diff in the U.S. each year. While the cure may sound worse than the disease, the therapy, known as fecal ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 6, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Your Best Ally Against ALL Disease
In the not-so-distant future, I see a world where all the chronic diseases that plague us today will be cured before they’ve even begun. That may sound like science fiction, but it’s not. In fact, it’s already happening with a revolutionary stem-cell treatmentdeveloped by oncologist and stem-cell pioneer Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj right here in South Florida. And that’s why I’ve made Dr. Maharaj one of the key speakers at my upcomingPalm Beach Anti-Aging Summit at the historic Palm Beach icon Mara-a-Lago on October 8 and 9. You’ve probably heard about stem cells on the news and wondered ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - August 3, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Xencor Appoints Yujiro S. Hata to Board of Directors
MONROVIA, Calif., July 31, 2015 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Xencor, Inc. (XNCR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases... Biopharmaceuticals, PersonnelXencor, monoclonal antibody (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 31, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Seattle biotech Kineta lands $4M contract to develop immunotherapy for infectious disease
The growing market for immunotherapy treatments isn't just focused on cancer. Seattle biotech Kineta just landed a federal contract from the National Institutes of Health for about $4 million to develop an immunotherapy treatment which would treat a variety of infectious diseases, such as the flu, dengue fever, Ebola and others. Kineta develops drugs for chronic pain, autoimmune and infectious diseases. The funding will be used to bring a specific drug candidate to the pre-clinical stage, with… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 29, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Annie Zak Source Type: news

Assessing and managing coeliac disease
Coeliac disease is a common autoimmune condition characterised by an abnormal immunological response to ingested gluten. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - July 24, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Nutrition Source Type: news

National Psoriasis Foundation launches online patient-centered research network
(National Psoriasis Foundation) For the first time, people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can contribute directly to the future of research into these chronic, systemic autoimmune diseases through the National Psoriasis Foundation's patient-centered research network called Citizen Pscientist. An online, interactive community, Citizen Pscientist allows people living with psoriatic disease to connect with researchers, share their data and get input from others in the community, and ultimately drive the direction of psoriatic disease research. Learn more at www.citizenpscientist.org. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

A 7-Step 'Seamlys' Approach to Healing My Auto-Immune Disease
At 37, after suffering two unexplained ectopic pregnancies, weight gain and extreme exhaustion I discovered I have Hashimoto's disease, an inflammatory auto-immune disease (AID). My family history is ripe with all kinds of AID from Parkinson's to Type I diabetes. Although I take a daily dose of medicine in order to regulate my thyroid gland, the gland itself is not the root of my problem. Rather, my body suffers from inflammation that triggers it to attack my thyroid gland as a way of protecting itself, since my immune system thinks this gland is an invader. This declared foreigner, my poor little thyroid gland that sits i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autoimmune Diseases Run in Lupus Patient Families (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Relatives of lupus patients at increased risk for many other autoimmune conditions. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - July 21, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Study in mice may identify new ways to treat immune thrombocytopenia
A study in mice may identify new ways to treat immune thrombocytopenia. Immune thrombocytopenia, or ITP, is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune system sends antibodies to attack and destroy the body's platelets--blood cells responsible for controlling bleeding. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Juno is just one part of Celgene's master plan
Seattle biotech Juno Therapeutics' (Nasdaq: JUNO) new partner in the immunotherapy game isn't just interested in treatments for cancer. New Jersey biopharmaceutical company Celgene Corp. (Nasdaq: CELG) on Tuesday announced it will acquire San Diego-based autoimmune disease treatment company Receptos for $7.2 billion, about $232 per share. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. That pile of cash almost makes Celgene's recent $1 billion deal with Juno—the largest upfront payment for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Annie Zak Source Type: news

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed In Most Comprehensive Study To Date
The largest review of the available evidence on the quadrivalent, or four-strain, HPV vaccine Gardasil, has found no evidence of any serious short-term or long-term safety issues. Bringing together the findings from clinical trials, post-licensure studies and data presented at scientific meetings but not yet published, the researchers focused particularly on autoimmune diseases, nervous system disorders, anaphylaxis, blood clots and stroke – but none of them is caused by the vaccine, they found. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 15, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

Celgene to Buy Biotech Receptos for $7.2 Billion
Cancer-drug company Celgene said it will pay $7.2 billion for biotech company Receptos in a bid to move deeper into the multibillion-dollar market for autoimmune diseases. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - July 14, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

Stem cell transplant alleviates symptoms in lupus animal models
(Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair) Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that produces autoantibodies and subsequent immune reactions that can be life threatening when major organs are invaded. When mesenchymal stem cells derived from human bone marrow were transplanted into mice modeled with SLE, inflammation was reduced and nephritis attenuated. The researchers found that MSCs slowed the progression of SLE by suppressing the emergence of the damaging antibodies that are produced with the help of follicular T helper cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Celiac Disease in Family May Up Your Risk for Related Disorders
Close relatives, including spouses, had higher odds for type 1 diabetes, lupus, sarcoidosis, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Autoimmune Diseases, Celiac Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists win $1.2 million grant to study environmental triggers of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
(Scripps Research Institute) Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute have received a grant of more than $1.2 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' ViCTER (Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research) program to augment existing research into how environmental factors trigger such autoimmune diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Celiac Disease Tied to Autoimmunity Risk in Spouses, RelativesCeliac Disease Tied to Autoimmunity Risk in Spouses, Relatives
Spouses and first-degree relatives of people with celiac disease faced higher risks of developing other autoimmune disorders in a population-based study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 8, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Link found between autoimmune diseases, medications, dangerous heartbeat condition
New research focuses on identifying the mechanism by which patients with various autoimmune and connective tissue disorders may be at risk for life-threatening cardiac events if they take certain anti-histamine or anti-depressant medications. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Temple-led research team finds bacterial biofilms may play a role in lupus
(Temple University Health System) Lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type-1 diabetes are among more than a score of diseases in which the immune system attacks the body. But why the immune system begins its misdirected assault has remained a mystery. Now, researchers at Temple University School of Medicine have shown that bacterial communities known as biofilm play a role in the development of the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus -- a discovery that may provide important clues about several autoimmune ailments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 6, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Actively Induced Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis in Rats
The rat and especially a number of inbred rat strains are very well suited for modeling multiple sclerosis (MS). Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the model of MS, can be induced by active or passive immunization. Active immunization can be performed with different myelin proteins or peptides thereof. Passive immunization is performed by transfer of myelin-specific T cells. Most known is EAE induced with myelin basic protein (MBP) in LEW (RT1l) rats that results in monophasic disease and EAE induced with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) in DA (RT1av1) rats that leads to relapsing remitting or chroni...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Molecular Medicine - July 5, 2015 Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: news

Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis in Mice
Experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), the animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS), has provided significant insight into the mechanisms that initiate and drive autoimmunity. Several central nervous system proteins and peptides have been used to induce disease, in a number of different mouse strains, to model the diverse clinical presentations of MS. In this chapter, we detail the materials and methods used to induce active and adoptive EAE. We focus on disease induction in the SJL/J, C57BL/6, and BALB/c mouse strains, using peptides derived from proteolipid protein, myelin basic protein, and myelin oligodendrocyte gl...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Molecular Medicine - July 5, 2015 Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: news

Scientists find new evidence on GSK vaccine link to narcolepsy
LONDON, (Reuters) - Scientists investigating why a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine triggered narcolepsy in some people say they have the first solid evidence the rare sleep disorder may be a so-called "hit-and-run" autoimmune disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Stanford study: Immune response to a flu protein yields new insights into narcolepsy
(Stanford University Medical Center) An international team of researchers has found some of the first solid evidence that narcolepsy may be a so-called 'hit-and-run' autoimmune disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 1, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Spouses, relatives of celiac disease patients at risk for autoimmune diseases
Both spouses and first-degree relatives of patients with celiac disease are at increased risk of nonceliac autoimmune disease, according to a study. While the excess risk found in celiac first-degree relatives can be explained by genetics, the higher risk in spouses points to the impact of environmental factors. It is also possible that spouses share microbiome characteristics with their husband/wife, which might impact the risk of developing and diagnosing other autoimmune diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Celgene to invest $1 billion in Juno to partner in cancer therapies
(Reuters) - Celgene Corp on Monday launched a 10-year partnership with Juno Therapeutics, announcing a $1 billion investment aimed at bringing to market Juno technologies that harness the immune system to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Corticosteroid-induced psychiatric disturbances: it is time for pharmacists to take notice - Kusljic S, Manias E, Gogos A.
Corticosteroids are widely used to relieve signs and symptoms arising from many diseases, including common inflammatory and autoimmune disorders affecting a number of organ systems. However, corticosteroids also induce significant adverse effects; in parti... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Endogenous proteins as anti-inflammatory agents
In autoimmune diseases and immune pathologies such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or organ rejection, inflammatory processes take place in the body, triggered by its own immune system. New research is concentrating on a special protein that is thought to play an important role in controlling excessive immune reactions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Aimi Veness fears HGH 'Peter Pan drug' is to blame for autoimmune disease
Aimi Veness, 40, a publicist from East Sussex, worries that injecting herself with the C-class drug every day since November to stay young, is behind her diagnosis as having lupus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VG Life Sciences granted combination cancer drug patent
(Viral Genetics, Inc.) VG Life Sciences, Inc., a biotechnology company developing therapies for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office will issue Patent No. 9073985 covering VGLS' combination therapy for treating drug-resistant cancer by combining an autophagy inhibitor with a chemotherapy drug. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Fewer People Are Sensitive To Gluten Than Commonly Believed
By Julie Upton for U.S. News It seems as if everyone is going to great lengths to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and many processed foods. Are there real health benefits associated with going gluten-free, or is it just another passing fad? A recently published study in the journal Digestion found that 86 percent of individuals who believed they were gluten sensitive could tolerate it. Individuals with celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune condition that affects about 3 million Americans, or roughly 1 percent of the population, must avoid gluten. Those with extremely rare wheat allergies must also r...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Going beyond organic for optimal health with Joel Salatin
(NaturalNews) Many people tend to feel that cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, chronic stress and environmental pollution can only be cured by the 'experts.' Of course, others think that eating organic food is the 'only answer'. But, when we look at the big picture, to achieve... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rare disorder found to have a common form
A hereditary autoimmune disease that was thought to be exceedingly rare may have a less severe form that affects one in 1,000 people or even more, according to new research. The results of this research suggest that a number of different autoimmune diseases and syndromes may be tied to mutations in a single gene. Among other things, these findings may help provide new means of diagnosing and treating autoimmune disorders. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mortality, Revascularisation and MI With Rheumatic DiseaseMortality, Revascularisation and MI With Rheumatic Disease
Patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases have increased mortality rates and decreased rates of revascularization treatment after MI. What more can be done for these high risk patients? Arthritis Research & Therapy (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Are T2D and Obesity-Related IR Autoimmune Diseases?Are T2D and Obesity-Related IR Autoimmune Diseases?
This article examines the autoimmune components of insulin resistance and T2DM, and discusses whether they meet the criteria for autoimmune diseases. Diabetes (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Autoimmune Diseases
WebMD explains what makes RA an autoimmune disease. Learn what autoimmune diseases are and how changes involving your immune system lead to RA. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unique Microbial Signature Identified in Systemic SclerosisUnique Microbial Signature Identified in Systemic Sclerosis
Patients with systemic sclerosis have an abundance of bacteria that perpetuate inflammation in other autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn's disease, and not as much commensal bacteria that protect. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Autoimmunity: New immunoregulation and biomarker
Clinicians have elucidated a mechanism involved in determining the lifespan of antibody-producing cells, and identified a promising new biomarker for monitoring autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus erythematosus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Autoimmunity: New immunoregulation and biomarker
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Clinicians at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have elucidated a mechanism involved in determining the lifespan of antibody-producing cells, and identified a promising new biomarker for monitoring autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus erythematosus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ticks can transmit a new Lyme-like disease
There are several good reasons to keep ticks off your body. One is that they are creepy and suck your blood. Another is that they can transmit 14 different diseases—not just Lyme disease. A report published online this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine describes the newest tick-borne disease in North America, which is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia miyamotoi. The microbe was first identified in Japan in 1995. The first report of it infecting humans came from Russia in 2011. Cases began appearing in the northeastern United States in 2013. Borrelia miyamotoi is a spiral-shaped bacterium that is r...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard LeWine, M.D. Tags: Health Prevention Borrelia miyamotoi Lyme disease ticks Source Type: news

New Blood Test Could Quickly Reveal Complete Virus History
http://media.boston.cbslocal.com/CBSBOS_1006201517392700000AA.mp4 BOSTON (CBS) – Right now, if your doctor wants to know if you have the measles or HIV or the flu, they have to order one test for each virus. Imagine a day when you can go to your doctor’s office and with a simple prick of your finger, they can test for hundreds of different viruses at once. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have developed an assay called VirScan that can determine which viruses a patient has been exposed to, perhaps 10 years or more in the past. Viruses like influenza, herpe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Harvard Medical School Brigham & Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Stephen Elledge VirScan Source Type: news

UCLA researchers discover molecular rules that govern autoimmune disorders
UCLA Engineering Bundles with the right DNA spacing can amplify immune response. An international team led by researchers at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and California NanoSystems Institute has identified an unexpectedly general set of rules that determine which molecules can cause the immune system to become vulnerable to the autoimmune disorders lupus and psoriasis. The breakthrough, described in an article published today in the journal Nature Materials, could lead to new ways of treating the disorders. Led by Gerard C. L. Wong, a UCLA professor of bioengineering and chemistry w...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 8, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Researchers expose how 'James Bond' cells are made
New research has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease. Dendritic cells are intelligence-gathering immune cells, gathering information on viruses, bacteria, cancer and fungi to aid the immune system in fighting disease. Understanding how dendritic cells are created will aid scientists in finding ways to boost the immune response to infections or dampen it in autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, experts say. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Test Shows Every Virus You've Ever Had — From One Drop Of Blood
While most blood tests can only identify one virus at a time, a new assay developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) can, using a single drop of blood, identify all viruses known to infect humans. The researchers believe the technology could prove useful in vaccine development, in the study of chronic illnesses, and in treating certain autoimmune diseases associated with cancer. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - June 8, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Drugs Against Autoimmune Diseases: Model Line From Bosch Comprises All Process Steps
At Achema, Bosch Packaging Technology presents an exemplary line encompassing all process steps for the production, filling and packaging of medicines against autoimmune diseases administered in syringes. (Source: Pharmaceutical Online News)
Source: Pharmaceutical Online News - June 8, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Researchers expose how 'James Bond' cells are made
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) New research from Australian and Singaporean scientists has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease.Dendritic cells are intelligence-gathering immune cells, gathering information on viruses, bacteria, cancer and fungi to aid the immune system in fighting disease. Understanding how dendritic cells are created will aid scientists in finding ways to boost the immune response to infections or dampen it in autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 8, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fate Therapeutics Enters Into Sponsored Research Agreement With Boston Children's Hospital to Develop Immunoregulatory Cell Therapy for Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases
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Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - June 6, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news