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Fayetteville Company Raising Funds for Hair Loss Treatment
A Fayetteville company is trying to raise $7 million to treat hair loss. BiologicsMD Inc. raised $400,000 so far, according to its Feb. 8 filing at the U.S Securities & Exchange Commission. The money raised will go toward helping to get regulatory approval of its treatment for hair loss, mainly for people who have alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss on the head and on other parts of the body, said Dr. Rob Gensure, the company’s medical officer. “They have an immune system problem where their immune system attacks their hair follicle, and it falls out in patches at random times,...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 7, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Immunology meets single-cell sequencing
(European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute) A new single-cell genomics method helps determine T-cell receptor sequences and extrapolate their response to disease.The technique will help research into immune response, autoimmune disease, cancer and vaccination.Uptake enables sequencing-based understanding of which T-cell receptors recognize specific invaders -- knowledge that could be used to speed up diagnosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 7, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

[Perspective] An RNA twist to TH17 cells
T helper lymphocytes play essential roles in the adaptive immune system. They come in distinct types defined by unique transcriptional programs that control their development and functions. Among these, T helper 17 (TH17) cells are important in protecting mucosal surfaces against fungal and bacterial infections. In addition, TH17 cells contribute to the pathogenesis of multiple autoimmune diseases (1). A recent study (2) adds yet another layer of complexity to the biology of these complex cells—an RNA helicase and a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) that act together to control their effector functions. Authors: Maninjay K. At...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 3, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Maninjay K. Atianand Tags: Immunology Source Type: news

Autoimmune diseases gonna be defeated
(Lomonosov Moscow State University) An international team of scientists led by the Lomonosov Moscow State University group made a significant step in creating a new type of drug for treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's diseaase. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 29, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Protein trigger for juvenile idiopathic arthritis identified
US scientists have successfully identified a protein that plays a potentially key role in triggering juvenile idiopathic arthritis.Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have identified a human protein called transthyretin (TTR) that causes an autoimmune reaction in the joints of youngsters with this form of the disease - a discovery that could pave the way for new treatment options.The role of the TTR protein Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common form of childhood arthritis and is understood to be an autoimmune disease, caused by antibodies attacking certain proteins in a person's...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 29, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

IL37 and autoimmune thyroid disease
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) and Graves’ disease (GD) differ in clinical presentation and pathophysiology, but both carry thyroid T cells that escape the immune tolerance process and infiltrate the thyroid. Inflammatory cytokines are key in this process. Yan et al. assessed the association of four SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) of IL37 (a natural suppressor of innate and acquired immunity) with HT and GD in the Chinese Han population. The minor A allele of rs2723176/ rs2723186/rs3811047 and the minor G allele of rs3811046 were found to have a protective influence on GD susceptibility, but there ...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - February 26, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Protein that triggers juvenile arthritis identified
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, or JIA, is the most common form of childhood arthritis. It appears to be an autoimmune disease, caused by antibodies attacking certain proteins in a person's own tissue. But no 'autoantigens'-- the proteins triggering an immune attack -- have been linked to JIA to date. Now, a new study offers evidence that a human protein called transthyretin (TTR) causes an autoimmune reaction in the joints of JIA patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Protein That Triggers Juvenile Arthritis Identified
February 25, 2016—(BRONX, NY)—Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, or JIA, is the most common form of childhood arthritis. It appears to be an autoimmune disease, caused by antibodies attacking certain proteins in a person’s own tissue. But no “autoantigens”—the proteins triggering an immune attack—have been linked to JIA. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - February 25, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Nick Cannon Looks Back On His 'Super Scary' Lupus Diagnosis
Nick Cannon didn't know anything about lupus nephritis when he was first diagnosed in 2012, so hearing that some of his other health complications were the result of the autoimmune disease came as a surprise. It was only after Cannon did some research on the condition, which had resulted in kidney failure and blood clots in his lungs, that he began to understand and take care of his well-being. Now he hopes his story encourages others to do the same. "[Y]ou realize that this is something that you can live with and actually overcome with the proper research and with the proper support system," he told HuffPost Live. In...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Vaginal seeding' may put newborns at risk of infection
"'Vaginal seeding' of babies born by C-section could pose infection risk," The Guardian reports.  The practice of exposing babies born by caesarean section to their mother's vaginal fluid in an effort to boost their immunity may actually lead to an infection, experts say. Vaginal seeding involves rubbing vaginal fluid on the baby with the intention of exposing it to the "healthy" bacteria it would be exposed to in a vaginal birth. However, there is no evidence the practice is effective, and it runs the risk of babies developing serious infections from potentially harmful bacteria or viruses mothe...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Researchers uncover potential target for treating autoimmune disease
A molecule that appears to be a cause of autoimmune diseases such as lupus has been identified by a group of researchers. Elevated levels of the molecule allow self-reactive immune cells to escape into the blood stream and attack the body's own tissues. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lyme: The Infectious Disease Equivalent of Cancer, Says Top Duke Oncologist
Last week, I mentioned the case of Dr. Neil Spector, whose long-undiagnosed Lyme Disease resulted in irreversible heart failure and ultimately, a heart transplant. Dr. Spector, author of Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing, is the Sandra Coates Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine. As the Director of Developmental Therapeutics at the Duke Cancer Institute, he's a leader in applying translational research to the clinical development of molecularly targeted personalized cancer therapies. Here, Dr. Spector share...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Key mechanism explored to treat autoimmune diseases
A new study could change the way researchers understand and treat autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

[Perspective] How does the immune system tolerate food?
The gastrointestinal immune system (gut-associated lymphoid tissue) has the unique capacity to discriminate between harmless and potentially dangerous material. It can raise a protective response against pathogenic microbes and toxins while tolerating food antigens and commensal microbes. This is a challenge given the vast number of foreign antigens, mainly derived from food (>100 g of protein per day), and commensal microbes colonizing the gut (an estimated 100 trillion, 10 times the number of cells in the human body). Dysfunction of this delicate balance between immunity and tolerance can lead to pathologies such as f...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Chantal Kuhn Tags: Immunology Source Type: news

What Really Killed Glenn Frey
When Glenn Frey, a co-founder and driving force behind ’70s supergroup the Eagles, died on January 18, I wasn’t just saddened by the loss. I was deeply concerned about the manner of his death. News reports said Frey died from a combination of “complications” from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one of the most debilitating chronic diseases. RA is an inflammatory autoimmune condition. It affects the entire body — particularly the joints. The body develops antibodies against its own joint tissues, breaking them down. A modern inflammatory diet, genetic factors and food allergies all play a role in developing RA. Enviro...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - February 16, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Men's Health arthritis inflammation vitamin D3 Vitamin K2 Source Type: news

Sandoz buys rights to Pfizer’s infliximab biosimilar in EEA
Novartis' generic pharmaceuticals division Sandoz has acquired rights of Pfizer's PF-06438179, a biosimilar of Merck's Remicade (infliximab), in the European Economic Area (EEA), to treat a range of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - February 15, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New treatment option for the acute phase of the rare disease TTP
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is a rare disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency. This can be heriditary or can be acquired as an autoimmune condition. Due to the associated excessive activity of a certain protein, blood clots enriched with blood platelets form and block the smallest blood vessels. The disorder is life-threatening and very difficult to treat, particularly in the acute phase. Researchers have developed a treatment strategy to prevent this clotting in the blood vessels. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Genome-Wide Significant Association With Seven MS Risk LociGenome-Wide Significant Association With Seven MS Risk Loci
This study adds seven loci to the list of currently know MS genetic risk factors, several of which show strong association with other autoimmune diseases. Journal of Medical Genetics (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 8, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Medical Myth Busting
In my 25 years of practicing as an orthopaedic surgeon working with athletes and people with arthritis, I have learned that much of what we think we know turns out to be only part of the truth.. For that reason, research that challenges our common knowledge makes the art and science of medicine both intellectually stimulating and -- for me -- thrilling. Here are a few commonly held beliefs, often prescribed by some doctors, which I believe may do more harm than good. Myth 1: Antioxidants are good for you Many people seem to be obsessed with antioxidants. They want to eat antioxidant foods, have an anti-inflammatory diet ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sharpin emerges from the pack as a regulator of inflammation
It is normal -- in fact necessary -- for our immune system to occasionally fly into an inflammatory rage to defend the host (us) against pathogens or even tumor cells. Problems arise when the rage persists or is re-directed against one's self, as occurs in autoimmune disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Sharpin emerges from the pack as a regulator of inflammation
(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) it is normal -- in fact necessary -- for our immune system to occasionally fly into an inflammatory rage to defend the host (us) against pathogens or even tumor cells. Problems arise when the rage persists or is re-directed against one's self, as occurs in autoimmune disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What you need to know about Zika virus
Follow me at @JohnRossMD Last week, the government of El Salvador gave what might be the strangest public health advice of all time: don’t get pregnant for the next two years. Officials in Colombia, Ecuador, and Jamaica have also warned women to avoid pregnancy, although only for the next several months. The reason for these unusual recommendations? An outbreak of Zika virus, currently raging in 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Samoa, and Cape Verde. Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, and kn...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Children's Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Infectious diseases Prevention Safety Source Type: news

NIDCR Science News - Jan 2016
NIDCR Science News for January 2016 New grant funds research into a debilitating autoimmune diseaseJan 6, 2016 - Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation New handheld, pen-sized microscope could ID cancer cells in doctor’s offices and operating room​Jan 25, 2016 - University of Washington​ Newfound strength in regenerative medicine​Jan 25, 2016 - Wyss Institute at Harvard University  Grant to Regenstrief and IU supports study of dental treatment outcomes across USJan 26, 2016 - Indiana University MBL scientists discover highly organized structures in microbi...
Source: NIDCR Science News - January 30, 2016 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Thyroid or Treats: What's Really Preventing You From Losing Weight
Have you been eating healthy, avoiding sugar, going to the gym but still struggling to lose weight? If that's the case, you might want to think about getting your thyroid checked. Your thyroid plays an important part in regulating your metabolism and can affect your ability to lose weight. So, if you find yourself struggling to squeeze into your favorite pair of jeans despite following your New Year's resolution, stop thinking it's' your fault and instead find out if something else might be going on with that small butterfly-shaped gland in front of your windpipe. Patients often seem surprised when I say there might be som...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers discover ten new lupus genes in Asian population study
10 new genes associated with the autoimmune disease lupus have been identified by researchers. One gene in particular, known as GTF2I, showed a high likelihood of being involved in the development of lupus, say scientists. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Real Reason You Get Sick After A Stressful Period Has Ended
Have you ever wondered how you manage to get through a particularly stressful period – whether it's an intense deadline at work, final exams in school or a spate of holiday houseguests – only to get sick after the stress has lifted? It's not a fluke. It's a phenomenon that's often referred to as "the let-down effect," a pattern in which people come down with an illness or develop flare-ups of a chronic condition not during a concentrated period of stress but after it dissipates, explains psychologist Marc Schoen, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Universi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Illustrated Guide To The Zika Outbreak
In October 2015, Brazilian health authorities notified the World Health Organization that an alarming number of Brazilian babies had been born with microcephaly, a rare, debilitating birth defect with lifelong consequences. Researchers quickly linked the spike in birth defects to the outbreak of a little-known tropical disease called Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquito. Since its discovery in Uganda in 1947, Zika virus has popped up in different African and Asian countries, but no widespread outbreaks had occurred until 2013, when the virus infected an estimated 11 percent of the population of French Polynesi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

An Illustrated Guide To The Zika Outbreak
In October 2015, Brazilian health authorities notified the World Health Organization that an alarming number of Brazilian babies had been born with microcephaly, a rare, debilitating birth defect with lifelong consequences. Researchers quickly linked the spike in birth defects to the outbreak of a little-known tropical disease called Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquito. Since its discovery in Uganda in 1947, Zika virus has popped up in different African and Asian countries, but no widespread outbreaks had occurred until 2013, when the virus infected an estimated 11 percent of the population of French Polynesi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease and Sleep: A ReviewAutoimmune Rheumatic Disease and Sleep: A Review
Learn more about the effects of sleep deprivation on the immune system and how it links to autoimmune diseases. Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Mitochondrial troublemakers unmasked in lupus
Mitochondria could provoke the inflammation characteristic of lupus, an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints, skin, heart and brain. Byproducts of cells' power stations goad certain white blood cells into making mesh traps as a precursor to cell death. Mitochondrial DNA is spewed out, triggering a warning and a response that can damage various organ tissues. Mouse studies suggest this disease mechanism might respond to potential drug therapies. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Multiple Sclerosis, Jamie-Lynn Sigler's Autoimmune Disease, Explained
In a People magazine interview on this week, Jamie-Lynn Sigler revealed that she has had multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease, for the past 15 years.  "You'd think that after all these years, somebody would be settled with something like this." Sigler told People. "It's still hard to accept." What is multiple sclerosis? MS is a degenerative nervous system disease, in which the immune system attacks it's own nerve cells, slowing down messages between the brain and the rest of the body. No one knows what causes MS, but symptoms -- which differ from person to person, but typically include muscle weakness, coordinati...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika Virus May be Linked to Surge in Rare Syndrome in Brazil
Brazilian officials said that Zika, a virus linked to brain damage in infants, may be causing an increase in the number of cases of Guillain-Barré, an autoimmune condition. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SIMON ROMERO and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Brazil Zika Virus Guillain-Barre Syndrome Source Type: news

Judge: Issues Of Fact Remain In Case Alleging Exposure To Trichloroethylene
JOPLIN, Mo. - A federal judge in Missouri on Jan. 7 ruled that genuine issues of material fact remained in a chemical exposure lawsuit in which a Missouri woman alleges that she developed autoimmune hepatitis, among other diseases, from trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination (Jodelle L. Kirk v. Schaeffler Group USA Inc., et al., No. 13-5032, W.D. Mo.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1618). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - January 21, 2016 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

GE Healthcare joins $28m investment in new stem cell R&D facility
GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) said today it is joining a $28 million (CAD $40 million) investment in a new advanced therapeutic cell technology center in Toronto. The healthcare giant is pairing with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine for the center, and will be joined by investor FedDev Ontario. “It is increasingly clear that cell therapies and regenerative medicine will transform healthcare globally, but successful industrialization is now crucial to widespread adoption. This new centre will enable us to work with cell therapy compa...
Source: Mass Device - January 13, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Regenerative Medicine GE Healthcare Source Type: news

Central Serous Chorioretinopathy: Risk Factors IdentifiedCentral Serous Chorioretinopathy: Risk Factors Identified
H pylori infection, steroid use, disturbed sleep, autoimmune disease, psychopharmacologic medication use, and type A behavior were among possible risk factors for central serous chorioretinopathy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - January 12, 2016 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Assessing the Inhibitory Activity of Oligonucleotides on TLR7 Sensing
Aberrant sensing of self-nucleic acids by Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7, 8, or 9 is associated with several autoimmune disorders, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or systemic sclerosis. In recent years, several classes of synthetic oligonucleotides have been shown to antagonize sensing of immunostimulatory nucleic acids by TLR7/8/9, indicating that these molecules could have therapeutic applications in such autoimmune diseases. Conversely, synthetic oligonucleotides used in therapeutic technologies such as antisense and microRNA inhibitors also have the potential to inhibit TLR7/8...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology - January 7, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Investigating the Role of Toll-Like Receptors in Models of Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by persistent synovial inflammation leading to tissue destruction and progressive loss of joint function. Here we describe two methods that can be used to assess the contribution of toll-like receptors (TLRs), and their potential ligands, to RA pathogenesis. We focus on the antigen-induced model of murine arthritis and human synovial tissue explant models. Both enable detection of TLR, and TLR ligand, expression, as well as investigation of the effect of inhibition of these molecules. Each offers a unique insight into disease; with murine models allowi...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology - January 7, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Delineating the Role of Toll-Like Receptors in the Neuro-inflammation Model EAE
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is the most relevant and commonly used animal model to study autoimmune demyelinating diseases like Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In EAE, the activation of CD4+ T-cells is considered to be the main trigger leading to inflammation and central nervous system (CNS) demyelination. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are the most important and first class of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) in innate immune system and play critical roles in initiating inflammatory responses and promoting adaptive immune responses due to their ability to recognize a wide range of pathogen associated molecula...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology - January 7, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

The Use of MiRNA Antagonists in the Alleviation of Inflammatory Disorders
Toll-like receptors (TLR), a family of pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) stimulated by pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), generate antigen-triggered innate and adaptive immune responses. Recent studies have indicated that several small, regulatory RNAs, called microRNAs (miRNas), are induced by TLR activation in immune cells and that many microRNAs can control the inflammatory process and response to infection by positively or negatively regulating TLR signaling. Among these miRNAs, aberrant microRNA-155 (miR-155) has been implicated in diverse immune processes including the pathogenesis of several autoimmu...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology - January 7, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Remission in SLE: Closing in on the TargetRemission in SLE: Closing in on the Target
Remission has become an important concept among medical specialties treating autoimmune inflammatory diseases. How is remission defined in SLE? Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - January 6, 2016 Category: Pathology Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lambert-Eaton Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
Lambert-Eaton syndrome also known as, 'Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome,' is a condition in which a person's immune system attacks their neuromuscular junctions, the areas where your nerves and muscles connect. Usually a person's nerve cells pass signals along to their muscles. The signals help to make your muscles move. Due to the fact that Lambert-Eaton syndrome affects the way a person's nerves and muscles communicate, moving muscles becomes difficult. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - December 27, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Autoimmune Diseases Source Type: news

Young boy with brain tumour has testicular cells frozen
Procedure will give the child a chance to regain his fertility after chemotherapyRelated items from OnMedicaHigh morbidity found in adult survivors of childhood cancerScientists find genetic signature linked to leukaemiaSurvivors of childhood cancer more prone to autoimmune diseasesInfertility much more likely after childhood cancerScientists find mutations linked to relapse in child cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 23, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third-Kind Encounters in Biomedicine: Immunology Meets Mathematics and Informatics to Become Quantitative and Predictive
The understanding of the immune response is right now at the center of biomedical research. There are growing expectations that immune-based interventions will in the midterm provide new, personalized, and targeted therapeutic options for many severe and highly prevalent diseases, from aggressive cancers to infectious and autoimmune diseases. To this end, immunology should surpass its current descriptive and phenomenological nature, and become quantitative, and thereby predictive. (Source: Springer protocols feed by Bioinformatics)
Source: Springer protocols feed by Bioinformatics - December 21, 2015 Category: Bioinformatics Source Type: news

Treatment of lupus
LupuzorTM may become the first specific and non-immunosuppressant therapy for lupus, a disabling autoimmune disease that is currently incurable. This peptide is the subject of a patent (granted in 2009) and has already successfully completed phases I and II of its regulatory clinical trials. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Thinking About Pregnancy? Think About Your Thyroid!
Fertility specialists have long noticed a relationship between thyroid disorders and reproductive health issues including irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, and multiple miscarriages early in pregnancy. During Thyroid Awareness Month and with new research, it's worth knowing about a not uncommon and treatable problem that may be affecting your plans for a new family. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) may be present even in healthy young women and can affect reproduction at every stage from conception, poor fetal growth, premature birth and stillbirth. Not having en...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mirta Santos
Mirta Avila Santos, MD, joined the American Behcet’s Disease Association (ABDA) in 2011. She became the executive director of the organization in 2012. She is passionate about improving the lives of patients living with autoimmune diseases, rare diseases and Behcet’s Disease in particular. Under her guidance, the ABDA has expanded the mission of the organization, and has partnered with other patient advocacy organizations to provide better access and improved care for patients. Her research background has contributed to research efforts for patients with Bechet’s. Her past experience includes clinical research at Rus...
Source: PHRMA - December 9, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ali Source Type: news

Chemotherapy Isn't Only for Cancer Patients
When you hear the word chemotherapy what immediately comes to mind? Cancer. Bald. Nausea. Vomiting. Infusions. Sterility. Bone Pain? Upon hearing that word, most people jump to the same conclusions, with the same general consensus on how chemo works, who receives it, and what side effects it has on the body. The truth is chemotherapy isn't only for cancer patients, and affects each patient differently depending on how it is used. Chemotherapy is a widely used class of drugs to treat many different disorders including, but not limited to: cancers, blood disorders, and a plethora of autoimmune diseases. Similarly it can be ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news