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7 Infections Athletes Could Get From Rio's Contaminated Waters
By: Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 08/03/2016 06:02 PM EDT on LiveScience The coastal waters around Rio de Janeiro, where many Olympic water competitions will soon take place, are reportedly teeming with harmful viruses and bacteria. So what illnesses might people catch if they swallow some of the water? If the water has been contaminated with raw sewage, as has been reported, then a number of common pathogens could be lurking there and make people ill, experts say. “There are many types of microbes in raw sewage that have the potential to cause human disease,” said Stephen Morse, a professor of epid...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

[Podcast] Science Signaling Podcast for 2 August 2016: Patient-specific protein complexes
A technique for identifying patient-specific protein complexes reveals altered signaling in T cells from patients with the autoimmune disease alopecia areata. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - August 3, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Adam G. Schrum Steven C. Neier, Annalisa M. VanHook Source Type: news

Should Women Have Breast Implants Removed?
It was a story with a bit of irony, as well as ominous health warnings. Crystal Hefner, the 30-year-old wife of Playboy magazine mogul Hugh Hefner, announced in a story in People magazine last month that she'd had her breast implants removed because they were making her sick. Hefner posted a photo of her post-surgery self on Instagram with the caption, "Using 2016 to reclaim my health and embrace and love myself for the real me." The former model, now a DJ, was diagnosed a few months back with Lyme disease. Her symptoms included intolerance to foods and beverages as well as back, neck, and shoulder pain. Hefner also su...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV Vaccine Safe in Females With Autoimmune Disease HPV Vaccine Safe in Females With Autoimmune Disease
A large study of the HPV vaccine in females with preexisting autoimmune disorder found no suggestion that the vaccine could trigger further autoimmunity.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

New light shed on causes of autoimmune disease
A new study reveals a surprising twist in immune biology, suggesting that members of a cluster of microRNAs work together throughout the different stages of immune cell generation. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Potential new way to sway the immune system
A new international collaboration opens a door to influencing the immune system, which would be useful to boost the effectiveness of vaccines or to counter autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Vaccines of the Future: New Tools to Treat Cancer and More
New vaccines are being developed to treat cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases. WebMD explains how they work. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV vaccine found safe in girls and women with autoimmune diseases
(Wiley) In a recent study of girls and women diagnosed with at least one autoimmune disease, vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) did not increase the risk of developing another autoimmune disease. In fact, being vaccinated was associated with a slightly reduced risk compared with not being vaccinated. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 1, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Found: A potential new way to sway the immune system
(Scripps Research Institute) A new international collaboration involving scientists at The Scripps Research Institute opens a door to influencing the immune system, which would be useful to boost the effectiveness of vaccines or to counter autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 1, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Synthetic vaccine particles immune tolerance mechanism published in Nature Nanotechnology
(The Yates Network) Preclinical studies show that Selecta Biosciences' proprietary immune therapies use a targeted mechanism of action to improve the efficacy and safety of biologic therapeutics and to address autoimmune diseases and allergies. The company is developing targeted antigen-specific immune therapies for rare and serious diseases. The data in Nature Nanotechnology support Selecta's lead clinical program, showing Selecta's SVP-Rapamycin induces antigen-specific immune tolerance and prevents the formation of anti-drug antibodies to biologic drugs, including pegsiticase (gout) and adalimumab (rheumatoid arthritis)...
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - August 1, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness -- So Why Isn't The Medical Community Helping Patients?
When I was twelve, I was coming home from swimming at my neighbor's dock when I saw an ambulance's flashing lights in our driveway. I still remember the asphalt burning my feet as I stood, paralyzed, and watched the paramedics take away my father. It was as if I knew those flashing lights were a harbinger that my childhood was over. At the hospital, a surgeon performed "minor" elective bowel surgery on my young dad. The surgeon made an error, and instead of my father coming home to the "welcome home" banners we'd painted, he died. The medical care system failed my father miserably. Then the medical care system began to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No, You Don’t Have To Have Celiac Disease To Have A Wheat Sensitivity
People who don’t have a diagnosis for celiac disease or a wheat allergy may face a lot of scorn and derision for claiming to be sensitive to wheat products, skipping pasta and bread.  But a new study by scientists at Columbia University may explain why certain grain products can cause intestinal discomfort in some people, even if they don’t have a widely-recognized medical condition. It may also present doctors with a new way to test for this non-celiac wheat sensitivity, which for now has no diagnostic measure and must be assessed clinically, according to a person’s symptoms. Not everyone who feels ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tracking How HIV Disrupts Immune System Informs Vaccine Development
Contact: Samiha Khanna Phone: 919-419-5069 Email: samiha.khanna@duke.edu https://www.dukehealth.org EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE until 2 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 29, 2016 DURHAM, N.C. -- One of the main mysteries confounding development of an HIV vaccine is why some people infected with the virus make the desired antibodies after several years, but a vaccine can ’t seem to induce the same response. A research team led by scientists at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute has been unraveling that mystery, detailing new insights in a study published July 29 in the journal Science Immunology. Studying 100 HIV-infected people ...
Source: DukeHealth.org: Duke Health Features - July 29, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Duke Medicine Source Type: news

Approach targets autoimmunity
Researchers developed a strategy to treat a rare autoimmune disease called pemphigus vulgaris and demonstrated its potential in a mouse model. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - July 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Autoimmune Diseases: All You Need to Know
Learn about autoimmune diseases, whereby the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. Examples include celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Zoe Saldana has Hashimoto's thyroiditis
"Star Trek Beyond" star Zoe Saldana has revealed that she has an autoimmune disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

"It's A Scandal" -Daryl Hall on Doctors Denying Chronic Lyme
Growing up a musically-obsessed child in the 80's, Daryl Hall was one of my biggest inspirations. A masterful, inventive songwriter with an ocean of soul, he set me on the path to being an artist, to never waste a word, and to sing because I mean it. With six number ones and five additional top ten hits throughout the 70's and 80's Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one duo in music history. Still at the top of his game at 69 years old, Daryl has won legions of new fans with his hit MTV Live show Live From Daryl's House. In February of 2015, at my very sickest from chronic Lyme and Bartonella, after it was missed b...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Michigan wife selflessly volunteers to donate a life-saving KIDNEY to her mother-in-law
Abbey and Neil Sladick of Norton Shores, Michigan, were married last year. While they were dating, his stepmother Cheryl Sladick was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that damaged her kidneys. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hyperthyroidism: Too Much Of A Good Thing
By: Dr. Alan Christianson When someone you know is living with hypothyroidism, it can be tempting to think that if only the doctor would prescribe an extra helping of thyroid hormone, your friend or loved one would feel so much better and would enjoy life more. And in some cases, an extra helping might be in order. In other cases, not so much. Too much thyroid hormone can actually be dangerous, which is why doctors are loathe to bump the levothyroxin dosage up an extra 25 micrograms or so for one of their patients who's still experiencing hypothyroid symptoms. Tests always come first, and there's a good reason for that....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

M&As this week: Epiva Biosciences, Nichi-iko Pharma, Cell Medica
Immunobiotic therapeutics developer Epiva Biosciences has merged with immune-microbiome company Evelo Biosciences to develop new therapeutics for cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - July 14, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

M&As this week: Epiva Biosciences, Ningbo Medical System Biotechnology, Martindale Pharmaceuticals
Epiva Biosciences has merged with Evelo Biosciences INC to create an immune-microbiome company for the development of therapeutics for cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - July 14, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

M & As this week: Epiva Biosciences, Nichi-iko Pharma, Cell Medica
Immunobiotic therapeutics developer Epiva Biosciences has merged with immune-microbiome company Evelo Biosciences to develop new therapeutics for cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - July 14, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zika epidemic has peaked and may run its course within 18 months, say experts
Researchers have created a model of the virus, currently circulating in more than 35 countries in the Americas, to explore how the epidemic will play out The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America is likely to run its course within the next 18 months, according to a study by researchers in the UK and US.Zika is currently circulating in more than 35 countries in the Americas and is primarily spread by mosquitoes. It is believed to cause the birth defect microcephaly, that results in babies being born with and unusually small head and possible damage to the brain, as well as the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome tha...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 14, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Zika virus Infectious diseases Science Medical research World news Americas Microbiology Source Type: news

Is Peace Possible?
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.” –Jalaluddin Rumi Violence and incidents of terrorism on the planet are escalating, making our inquiry into the question Is Peace Possible? timely and deeply compelling. Perhaps the best definition of peace we've ever heard is the one USM's Founder, John-Roger, has given: "Peace is the cessation of against-ness." Now, the way some people deal with definitions is to either agree or disagree with them. And usually if we agree, we decide that the definition is true; whereas if we disagree, it's untrue. This may seem a very...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Discovery of mechanisms triggering excess antibody production during chronic infection
Some autoimmune diseases and persistent infections are characterized by high levels of antibodies in the blood. But what are the causes of this hypergammaglobulinemia? Medical researchers have successfully identified the mechanisms triggering the phenomenon. For the first time ever, they have established a link between B-cell activation by a protein -- type 1 interferon -- and unusually high antibody levels. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study
TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 -- Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests. The study, of 17 adults with the painful autoimmune disease,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Discovery of mechanisms triggering excess antibody production during chronic infection
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Some autoimmune diseases and persistent infections are characterized by high levels of antibodies in the blood. But what are the causes of this hypergammaglobulinemia? A team headed by INRS's Professor Simona Stäger has successfully identified the mechanisms triggering the phenomenon. For the first time ever, she has established a link between B-cell activation by a protein -- type 1 interferon -- and unusually high antibody levels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 12, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Woman Who Is Paralyzed Is Hiking All Of The Appalachian Trail -- Alone
Hiking 2,000 miles while paralyzed? Sounds impossible. But Stacy Kozel, who lost the function of her legs in 2014, is doing just that by hiking all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail with a pair of high-tech braces.  And she’s embarking on the remarkable journey alone. Spanning thousands of miles of the eastern United States, the Appalachian Trail covers rugged terrain that’s challenging for even the most experienced hikers —only one in four people are able complete the entire trail, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s website.  Kozel is now halfway through the in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

[Report] Reengineering chimeric antigen receptor T cells for targeted therapy of autoimmune disease
Ideally, therapy for autoimmune diseases should eliminate pathogenic autoimmune cells while sparing protective immunity, but feasible strategies for such an approach have been elusive. Here, we show that in the antibody-mediated autoimmune disease pemphigus vulgaris (PV), autoantigen-based chimeric immunoreceptors can direct T cells to kill autoreactive B lymphocytes through the specificity of the B cell receptor (BCR). We engineered human T cells to express a chimeric autoantibody receptor (CAAR), consisting of the PV autoantigen, desmoglein (Dsg) 3, fused to CD137-CD3ζ signaling domains. Dsg3 CAAR-T cells exhibit specif...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 7, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Christoph T. Ellebrecht Source Type: news

Side Effects May Include: HLH
It was June 2015, and the whole thing had started as hot flashes and a headache at a friend's summer kick-off party. He must've put in some funky ingredients in the punch, I thought to myself after. Or maybe I just drank too much of it? As the days went on the flashes turned into out-of-this-world, 104-105 degree fevers, followed by bed-drenching sweats, then full-on teeth-chattering shivers. I felt like a lobster reaching full boil, only to be transferred to a cryogenic chamber. This went on for almost two weeks. I dreaded the nights the most, when the fevers were at their worst. I couldn't sleep. I went to the emergency...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could the gut microbiome be a new therapeutic target for multiple sclerosis?
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) An increasing number of clinical studies are pointing to a link between the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS) and the composition of microbes in the human gut, sparking new research on the gut microbiome as a potential target for MS treatment and prevention. A comprehensive review article examining the proposed role of gut bacteria and the viruses that infect them in the development and progression of MS is published in Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research (JICR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 6, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

'Civil war' in immune system can fight disease
The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animals. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biosimilar drugs are priced too high and do little to improve accessibility: Doctors
Biosimilar drugs are follow-on biologics that have nearly the same efficacy as the original drug and used to treat cancer or autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 30, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

[In Depth] Fighting autoimmunity with immune cells
Autoimmune diseases share a grim similarity with cancer: People's own cells become their enemies. But a study published online in Science reveals a happier parallel, suggesting that a therapy designed to harness the immune system to attack cancer cells may also cull the turncoat immune cells behind certain autoimmune diseases. The approach relies on chimeric antigen receptor T cells, or CAR T cells: immune cells genetically modified to home in on a desired target on cancer cells or—in this case—on rogue B cells, another immune cell type. The new study only gauged the CAR T cells' capabilities in the lab dish and in mou...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Mitch Leslie Tags: Immunology Source Type: news

Natural metabolite can suppress inflammation
An international research team has revealed a substance produced in humans that can suppress the pro-inflammatory activity of macrophages -- specific immune cells. The substance known as itaconate is released in large quantities by macrophages themselves and according to the scientists, acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These properties make itaconate promising for the treatment of such pathologies as cardiac ischemia, metabolic disorders and autoimmune diseases which may be associated with excessive inflammation or oxidative stress. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Treating autoimmune disease without harming normal immunity
With potentially major implications for the future treatment of autoimmunity and related conditions, scientists have found a way to remove the subset of antibody-making cells that cause an autoimmune disease, without harming the rest of the immune system. They studied an autoimmune disease called pemphigus vulgaris, a condition in which a patient's own immune cells attack a protein called desmoglein-3 that normally adheres skin cells. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Natural metabolite can suppress inflammation
(ITMO University) An international research team has revealed a substance produced in humans that can suppress the pro-inflammatory activity of macrophages -- specific immune cells. The substance known as itaconate is released in large quantities by macrophages themselves and according to the scientists, acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These properties make itaconate promising for the treatment of such pathologies as cardiac ischemia, metabolic disorders and autoimmune diseases which may be associated with excessive inflammation or oxidative stress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Treating diseases at their origin
(Hokkaido University) Hokkaido University scientists are getting closer to understanding the function of a protein involved in vital cellular processes. This may lead to the discovery of drugs that can treat some cancers and autoimmune disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 30, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Researchers discover potential genetic trigger of autoimmune disease
Researchers have uncovered a potential genetic trigger of systemic autoimmune disease. The study discovered virus-like elements within the human genome linked to the development of two autoimmune diseases: lupus and Sjogren's syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New cancer immunotherapy drugs linked to arthritis in some patients
Case reports on 13 cancer patients suggest that a small number of cancer patients taking the immunotherapy drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab may be at some higher-than-normal risk of developing autoimmune joint and tissue diseases, including inflammatory arthritis, according to a preliminary study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New cancer immunotherapy drugs linked to arthritis in some patients
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Case reports on 13 cancer patients suggest that a small number of cancer patients taking the immunotherapy drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab may be at some higher-than-normal risk of developing autoimmune joint and tissue diseases, including inflammatory arthritis, according to a preliminary study by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 23, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Diabetes 'more frequent in children with juvenile inflammatory arthritis'
This study backs up recent findings that diabetes is more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis than the general population; however, the reasons for this are not yet well understood. There is a growing appreciation of the links between different autoimmune diseases, and further research will be important to fully understand the relationship between juvenile inflammatory arthritis and diabetes - an approach that may lead to new treatments for both conditions." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 16, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Seattle biotech Alpine Immune Sciences lands $48M in Series A funding
Seattle's Alpine Immune Sciences has landed $48 million in Series A funding, an amount that the preclinical company expects to get it through clinical trials of its cancer and autoimmune disease drugs. OrbiMed Advisors, a medical and health care investment firm with offices in San Francisco and New York, led the round. Also taking part were Frazier Healthcare Partners and Alpine BioVentures, the investment company that created Alpine Immune Sciences, or AIS. Mitch Gold, a managing partner at Alpine… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 13, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rachel Nielsen Source Type: news

Seattle biotech Alpine Immune Sciences lands $48M in Series A funding
Seattle's Alpine Immune Sciences has landed $48 million in Series A funding, an amount that the preclinical company expects to get it through clinical trials of its cancer and autoimmune disease drugs. OrbiMed Advisors, a medical and health care investment firm with offices in San Francisco and New York, led the round. Also taking part were Frazier Healthcare Partners and Alpine BioVentures, the investment company that created Alpine Immune Sciences, or AIS. Mitch Gold, a managing partner at Alpine… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 13, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rachel Nielsen Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Novel blood test could diagnose diseases with no known antigens
Researchers have created a blood test that could one day lead to the detection of cancer, autoimmune diseases, and other conditions with no known antigens. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical Devices / Diagnostics Source Type: news

Cancer drugs may be useful for autoimmune diseases, study says
Stephen FellerLONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- A cancer drug reduced the impact of an incurable autoimmune condition, which researchers think may be applicable to other immune system disorders as well. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The non-hospital: Putting patients at the center of care
For Melissa Hicks, it’s not the constant pain, the fatigue and the host of other symptoms that come with her autoimmune disease that make her sick. “What makes me feel really sick is all the work I have to do because I’m a patient,” she said. “Being sick became another full-time job. … When you’re sick, you can’t do two full-time jobs.” Burdens of the current health care environment       Melissa Hicks shares her perspective as a patient with a chronic disease. Hicks, who suffers from Sjogren’s Syndrome, was talking to a room full of ph...
Source: AMA Wire - June 10, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Risky stem cell treatment 'halts progress of multiple sclerosis'
Conclusion This early-stage trial aimed to look at a new treatment approach for MS, involving aggressive chemotherapy followed by haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Researchers then assessed whether this had an impact on clinical relapse and disability. The study suggests that eliminating an individual's existing "faulty" immune system, and rebuilding it using stem cells, may slow down or completely halt the progression of MS, resulting in an improvement in disability status. Although the study's findings suggest this could be a potential treatment in the future, the researchers say caution is necessar...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Neurology Source Type: news

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases
Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice , report researchers. Their study involved giving cancer drugs to mice and inducing uveitis, an incurable autoimmune eye condition responsible for 1 in every 10 cases of visual impairment. The condition was significantly less severe in mice given the cancer drugs. Current treatment options are limited and can cause further visual problems including cataracts. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases
(University College London) Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice at UCL and King's College London.The study, published in Cell Reports, involved giving cancer drugs to mice and inducing uveitis, an incurable autoimmune eye condition responsible for 1 in every 10 cases of visual impairment. The condition was significantly less severe in mice given the cancer drugs. Current treatment options are limited and can cause further visual problems including cataracts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 9, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news