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GT Biologics obtains FDA orphan drug designation for paediatric Crohn's drug
GT Biologics, a developer of live biotherapeutics for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, has received orphan drug designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its lead product candidate, Thetanix. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - October 7, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What is Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease?
Hashimoto's thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto's Disease or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Hashimoto's thyroiditis was the first ever recognized autoimmune disease. This Medical News Today information page will give you the essential details about Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It includes a description of the disease, what causes it, its signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and offers an overview of currently available treatment options... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Molecular Analysis of Staphylococcal Superantigens
Staphylococcal superantigens (SAgs) comprise a large family of exotoxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus strains. These exotoxins are important in a variety of serious human diseases, including menstrual and nonmenstrual toxic shock syndrome (TSS), staphylococcal pneumonia and infective endocarditis, and recently described staphylococcal purpura fulminans and extreme pyrexia syndrome. In addition, these SAg exotoxins are being increasingly recognized for their possible roles in many other human diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, Kawasaki syndrome, nasal polyposis, and certain autoimmune disorders. To clarify the full s...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Microbiology - October 6, 2013 Category: Microbiology Source Type: news

Updated systemic sclerosis criteria improve disease classification
New classification criteria for systemic sclerosis have just been published and are more sensitive than the 1980 criteria, enabling earlier identification and treatment of this disabling autoimmune disease. The 2013 criteria, developed by a joint committee commissioned by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), are published in the ACR journal, Arthritis & Rheumatism... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Updated systemic sclerosis criteria improve disease classification
(Wiley) New classification criteria for systemic sclerosis have just been published and are more sensitive than the 1980 criteria, enabling earlier identification and treatment of this disabling autoimmune disease. The 2013 criteria, developed by a joint committee commissioned by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League Against Rheumatism, are published in the ACR journal, Arthritis & Rheumatism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 3, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Xencor initiates dosing in Phase IIa rheumatoid arthritis study
Xencor has dosed the first patient in the Phase IIa, part of its ongoing Phase Ib/IIa clinical trial of XmAb5871 for rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - October 2, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Gene Variants Found Associated with Human Immune System, Autoimmune Disease
Source: National Institute on Aging - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Autoimmune Diseases, Immune System and Disorders (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psoriasis drug tested as type 1 diabetes treatment
Conclusion This small phase II trial has shown some improvement with alefacept compared with placebo in people with newly diagnosed diabetes. The fact that the drug did not produce significant improvements in the study’s main outcome may be because the study had to be stopped early, and was not large enough to show an effect. The researchers had calculated that they would need 66 patients to show an effect of the size they expected, but they only managed to enroll 49 people. The authors note that longer term follow up is needed to confirm the findings, as there is quite a lot of variability between people with type 1 dia...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes Medication Source Type: news

Idiotype-Specific Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) for Therapy of Autoimmune Diseases
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is used successfully for therapy of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, especially in cases of conventional therapy resistance. Within the broad spectrum of immunomodulatory activities of IVIG in vitro and in vivo, the anti-idiotypic activity, neutralizing the autoimmune disease related idiotypes, is one of the main mechanism. We and others have proven that from the IVIG composition, diverse fractions of autoimmune disease specific IVIG can be affinity purified (sIVIG). This sIVIG was shown to be more efficient than the whole compound of IVIG in experimental animal models of autoimmune d...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology - September 20, 2013 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Therapeutic Human Monoclonal Antibodies Against Cancer
There are over 30 monoclonal antibodies that are FDA approved for a variety of diseases ranging from malignancies to autoimmune diseases to macular degeneration. These antibodies include murine, fully humanized, and chimeric antibodies. There are a number of monoclonal antibodies used in the treatment of malignancies; in fact, three of the top five grossing antibodies (bevacizumab, trastuzumab, and rituximab) are used in oncology Scolnik (mAbs 1:179–184, 2009). (Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology)
Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology - September 20, 2013 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Dysfunctional gut microbiota closely linked to range of health issues
A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system may hold the key to dealing with some of the more significant health problems facing people in the world today, Oregon State University researchers say in a new analysis. Problems ranging from autoimmune disease to clinical depression and simple obesity may in fact be linked to immune dysfunction that begins with a "failure to communicate" in the human gut, the scientists say... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Judge: Insurer's Benefit Denial Was Abuse Of Discretion
SAN FRANCISCO - An ERISA-governed disability insurer that terminated benefits to a claimant with an autoimmune disease, fatigue and cognitive deficits abused its discretion, a California federal judge ruled Aug. 28 (Kathleen Stout v. Hartford life and Accident Insurance Co., et al., No. 11-6186, N.D. Calif.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122932). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - September 12, 2013 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Autoimmune disease strategy emerges from immune cell discovery
Scientists from UC San Francisco 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. The researchers, led by immunologist Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, a professor with the UCSF Diabetes Center, have discovered a distinctive type of immune cell called an eTAC, which puts a damper on immune responses... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

STING may take the bite out of autoimmune diseases like arthritis, Type 1 diabetes
A little STING could go a long way in helping treat or even avoid autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, researchers report. With some prompting, the protein STING can turn down the immune response or even block its attack on healthy body constituents like collagen, insulin and the protective covering of neurons, all targets in these debilitating diseases, said Dr. Andrew L. Mellor, immunologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Body's 'safety procedure' could explain autoimmune disease
Monash University 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. Published in Immunity, the research, led by Head of the Monash Department of Immunology Professor Fabienne Mackay, described for the first time how the body manages marginal zone (MZ) B cells, which form a general first line of attack against germs, but are potentially harmful... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

STING may take the bite out of autoimmune diseases like arthritis, Type 1 diabetes
(Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University) A little STING could go a long way in helping treat or even avoid autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, researchers report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 9, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Autoimmune disease strategy emerges from immune cell discovery
(University of California - San Francisco) Scientists from UC San Francisco 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. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 9, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

University spinout announces positive results from peptide therapeutic trial for patients with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
A University of Bristol spinout company that focuses on treating the underlying cause of autoimmune diseases has announced positive results from its peptide therapeutic trial for patients with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS). (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - September 5, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: news_text Tags: Press releases Source Type: news

Cleanliness does not 'cause dementia'
Conclusion This study suggests that proxy measures for exposure to microbes and living in sanitary and hygienic environments may be associated with increased rates of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers point out that their study, as with all epidemiological studies based on survey data, are limited in as much as they can only provide information on correlations and cannot be interpreted as proving one factor causes another. Relying on survey data, especially data from different countries, is also limited by the fact that it is collected in different ways. It is important to evaluate the source of the data – the curre...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Breakthrough model holds promise for treating Graves' disease
Researchers have developed the first animal model simulating the eye complications associated with the thyroid condition Graves' disease, a breakthrough that could pave the way for better treatments, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to produce antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. The condition causes the thyroid gland to become overactive and produce too much thyroid hormone. If left untreated, it can lead to heart failure or osteoporosis... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Body's 'safety procedure' could explain autoimmune disease
(Monash University) Monash University 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. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Old cancer drug prevents transplant rejection
New research from Sweden, published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that an old cancer drug may prevent immune rejection of transplanted donor tissue or organs. The discovery could lead to new treatments for autoimmune diseases - like rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes - where the person's own immune system attacks the body. The researchers, Senior Professor of Neurosurgery Leif Salford and colleagues from Lund University, were studying the effects of an old tumor drug, Zebularine, that was developed in the US in the 1960s... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Apitope announces positive results from clinical trial of ATX-MS-1467 in relapsing multiple sclerosis
Apitope, the drug discovery and development company focused on treating the underlying cause of autoimmune diseases, has announced completion with positive results of its second Phase I clinical trial of ATX-MS-1467. Examination of the MRI results (new Gd and total Gd enhancing lesions) demonstrated a significant decrease in the number of contrast-enhancing brain lesions (CEL) in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis treated by intradermal injection of ATX-MS-1467. The same effect was not seen in the subcutaneously dosed group... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Multiple Sclerosis Source Type: news

Researchers find parasitic worms limit the effects of giardia, and vice versa
If the idea of hookworms makes you shudder, consider this: Those pesky intestinal parasites may actually help your body ward off other infections, and perhaps even prevent autoimmune and other diseases. Studying members of the Tsimane, an indigenous population in the lowlands of Central Bolivia, UC Santa Barbara anthropologists Aaron Blackwell and Michael Gurven found that individuals infected by helminths - parasitic worms - were less likely than their counterparts to suffer from giardia, an intestinal malady caused by a flagellated protozoa... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Tonsil/Adenoid Removal to Prevent PANDAS?Tonsil/Adenoid Removal to Prevent PANDAS?
This study examines the speculation of whether tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy might improve the severity of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with group A streptococcus. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Former cancer drug prevents rejection of transplanted tissue
Researchers at Lund University have unexpectedly discovered that an old cancer drug can be used to prevent rejection of transplanted tissue. The researchers now have high hopes that their discovery could lead to new treatments for both transplant patients and patients with autoimmune diseases. The researchers behind the study, which has been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, work at the Rausing Laboratory, Lund University, where they have conducted research on brain tumours over many years... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Unexpected use of former cancer drug
(Lund University) Researchers at Lund University have unexpectedly discovered that an old cancer drug can be used to prevent rejection of transplanted tissue. The researchers now have high hopes that their discovery could lead to new treatments for both transplant patients and patients with autoimmune diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Dueling infections: 1 keeps the other at bay, say UCSB anthropologists
(University of California - Santa Barbara) If the idea of hookworms makes you shudder, consider this: Those pesky intestinal parasites may actually help your body ward off other infections, and perhaps even prevent autoimmune and other diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 29, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Must-read: Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis
4.5 out of 5 stars Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis: an etiology worth considering in the differential of delirium. Punja M et al. Clin Toxicol 2013 Aug 20 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract This important paper is a must-read, especially for toxicologists who have not heard of this under-appreciated neurological disorder. (I was not aware of it until several days ago, when I found out that a friend of a relative had received the diagnosis.) Anti-NMDA encephalitis was first described in 2005. Advanced cases often develop altered mental status, autonomic instability, increased muscle tone, and move...
Source: The Poison Review - August 28, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Best of TPR Medical anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate receptor anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis autoimmune neurologic Source Type: news

Gene variants identifed that may cause kidney problems in lupus patients
Variants in a particular gene are linked with an increased risk for kidney complications in patients with lupus, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings could lead to better treatments to protect the kidney health of patients with the disease. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects many different body systems, including the central nervous system, joints, skin, heart, lungs, and kidneys... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lupus Source Type: news

Hormones and microbes may cooperate with each other to protect males against autoimmune diseases
Females can mount more powerful immune responses than males, but the flip side of this enhanced protection against infections is a greater risk for autoimmune disorders. Shedding light on the underlying causes of the gender bias in autoimmune diseases, a study published by Cell Pres in the journal Immunity reveals that certain gut microbes prevalent in males can help protect them against type 1 diabetes. The study demonstrates that these microbes cooperate with sex hormones to cause this gender bias and provides an important framework that could lead to better treatments... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

How hormones and microbes drive the gender bias in autoimmune diseases
(Cell Press) Females can mount more powerful immune responses than males, but the flip side of this enhanced protection against infections is a greater risk for autoimmune disorders. A new study reveals that certain gut microbes prevalent in males can help protect them against type 1 diabetes. The study demonstrates that these microbes cooperate with sex hormones to cause this gender bias and provides an important framework that could lead to better treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 22, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Topical formulation identified for prolonged graft survival in corneal transplants
Argos Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies that modulate the immune system to treat cancer, infectious diseases, transplant rejection, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, has announced the publication of key findings on its soluble recombinant human CD83 protein (sCD83) in cornea transplants. The study, conducted in rodents, demonstrates that CD83 can modulate the immune system and promote graft survival... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Psoriasis researcher earns third NIH Grant in 1 year
(Case Western Reserve University) Dermatology researcher Nicole Ward, PhD, has earned her third National Institutes of Health grant in a year -- including two that scored in the first percentile. With this most recent award, an R21, she will investigate the role the nervous system plays in psoriasis -- an inflammatory autoimmune disease characterized by raised areas of red, scaly, itchy and sometimes painful patches of skin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 16, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Controversial Theory Behind Possible MS Cause Refuted
Canadian researchers report that blocked veins in head, neck don't prompt autoimmune disease (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oily fish may reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Conclusion This is a well-designed cohort study that found an association between an increased dietary intake of long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis in a cohort of middle-aged and older women in Sweden. This study has many strengths, including: it was prospective, meaning that information was collected as the study was being performed it used a large sample of women taken from the general population diet was assessed at two time points, both long before rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed But because this is a cohort study, we cannot conclude from its results that...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Older people Source Type: news

Immune defense: Deciphering the enemy's ID
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Immunologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have come up with a new technique that can be used both to fight tumors and to treat autoimmune diseases. A new grant from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research will enable the method to be developed further. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 13, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

MD Biosciences Offers IL-23-Induced Psoriasis-Like Preclinical Model For Skin Inflammation
Recent psoriasis research has focused extensively on the IL-23/TH17 axis. While previously thought to be mainly a Th1 mediated disease, evidence has shifted to a new population of IL-17 producing Th17 cells and the involvement in a variety of autoimmune diseases including psoriasis (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - August 13, 2013 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

What is the Criteria for Diagnosing Beçhet’s disease?
Discussion Beçhet’s disease (BD) is a multisystem vasculitis named for the Turkish dermatologist, Hulusi Beçhet. It has a prevalance in one study of 5.2-7.1 per 100,000 adults. It is more common in males than females but it depends on the cohort studied and there is variation among different ancestral groups. Venous vasculitis usually causes thrombotic events whereas arterial vasculitis causes aneurysms and thrombosis. Involvement of the central nervous system vasculature can be a major problem. Central venous thrombosis can cause isolated intracranial hypertension but also aphasia, hemiparesis and sei...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - August 12, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What is translational medicine, and how is it changing the medical field?
Translational medicine has been defined as all the knowledge it takes to a get a molecule from the laboratory bench to the pill bottle on the bedside table. Wade Lange is the CEO and president of ImmuneWorks, an Indianapolis-based bio-tech company. ImmuneWorks is using translational methods to develop treatments for serious autoimmune diseases of the lung such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or s.... (Source: Sound Medicine)
Source: Sound Medicine - August 11, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sound Medicine Source Type: news

SetPoint Medical Secures $27 Million Financing, Adding Action Potential Venture Capital/GSK, Boston Scientific and Covidien Ventures as New Investors
Enables Further Advance of Clinical Development Program and Proprietary Neuromodulation Platform Validates Potential for Bioelectronic Medicines to Treat Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases VALENCIA, Calif.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--S... Devices, Neurology, Venture CapitalSetPoint Medical, neuromodulation, bioelectronic medicine, vagus nerve (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 8, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ask an Expert: Answers About Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 3
Dr. Vivian P. Bykerk, a rheumatologist, answers questions about new tests and treatments, diet and medications.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By THE NEW YORK TIMES Tags: Google Inc GOOG NASDAQ Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Autoimmune Diseases Baby Boomers Pain Celiac Disease Methotrexate (Drug) Gluten Age, Chronological Diet and Nutrition Source Type: news

Expecting? Ditch the Junk Food!
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Many drugs for cancer or autoimmune diseases have nasty side effects. While they kill disease-causing cells, they also affect healthy cells. Now researchers from HSS and Columbia University have discovered a technique for developing more targeted drugs, by using molecular "robots" to hone in on more specific populations of cells. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - August 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teijin Pharma, Amgen to Jointly Develop Therapies for Autoimmune Diseases
Teijin Pharma Limited, the core company of the Teijin Group's healthcare business, announced today that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with Amgen Opening a new window, a leading biotechnology company, to discover, develop, and commercialize small molecule drugs that target RORγ. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - July 31, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Pharma Manufacturing Source Type: news

Technique to create better anti-cancer agents, arthritis drugs, and more
Many drugs such as agents for cancer or autoimmune diseases have nasty side effects because while they kill disease-causing cells, they also affect healthy cells. Now a new study has demonstrated a technique for developing more targeted drugs, by using molecular "robots" to hone in on more specific populations of cells. "This is a proof of concept study using human cells," said Sergei Rudchenko, Ph.D., director of flow cytometry at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City and a senior author of the study. "The next step is to conduct tests in a mouse model of leukemia... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lymphoma / Leukemia / Myeloma Source Type: news

Women and heart disease: more deaths, less care
Coronary artery disease (CAD) kills more women than men each year, yet women are still not receiving as many preventive recommendations as men, according to a paper published in Global Heart. Researchers from Ohio State University wanted to analyze the risk for CAD in women, as well as its impact and female-specific strategies for treatment. They found that the disease should be managed differently for women, based on varying risk factors related to pregnancy and autoimmune diseases. According to the authors, 8... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiovascular / Cardiology Source Type: news

“Robots” Cutting Down Side Effects for Cancer Treatment?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Many drugs for cancer or autoimmune diseases have nasty side effects. While they kill disease-causing cells, they also affect healthy cells. Now researchers from HSS and Columbia University have discovered a technique for developing more targeted drugs, by using molecular "robots" to hone in on more specific populations of cells. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - July 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Review
(HealthCastle.com).  Last summer, I had a treasured friend come stay with me.  She also has celiac disease.  A diagnosis of celiac disease means a gluten free diet… for life.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune medical condition where the small intestine is damaged by something called gluten.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale, and is what helps give bread and other baked goods structure and prevents crumbling.  This feature has made gluten a popular component in processed and packaged foods.  read more (Source: HealthCastle.com Nutrition Tips - written by...
Source: HealthCastle.com Nutrition Tips - written by Registered Dietitians - July 29, 2013 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Molecular robots can help researchers build more targeted therapeutics
(Hospital for Special Surgery) Many drugs such as agents for cancer or autoimmune diseases have nasty side effects because while they kill disease-causing cells, they also affect healthy cells. Now a new study has demonstrated a technique for developing more targeted drugs, by using molecular "robots" to hone in on more specific populations of cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 28, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Salt a Culprit in Autoimmune Disease?
(MedPage Today) -- Autoimmune disease is likely an interplay of genetic and environmental factors, but specific environmental influences have been unclear until now -- dietary salt has been identified as a promising candidate. (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - July 25, 2013 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news