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Vitamin D May Boost Immune System

ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2012) — Vitamin D may be known as the sunshine vitamin, but a new research report appearing in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows that it is more than that. According to the report, insufficient levels of vitamin D are related to a deficiency in our innate immune defenses that protect us … Continue reading

Resource for Healthy Living With Chronic Conditions, Including Autoimmune Diseases

Since my husband was diagnosed last year with dermatomyositis, I’ve scoured the Internet looking for resources to help us adjust to our new reality. Today, I found this site, operated by Stanford University, which offers online classes. I’ve pasted information and links below. The next class starts in May. My Tool Box is the Chronic … Continue reading

How to Search for Clinical Trials Close to Home

Click on the link below to search by disease and location. The results will show studies that already are underway, as well as those recruiting participants. Clinicaltrials.gov

Find a Doctor Who’ll Listen: Autoimmune Disorders Often Go Undiagnosed

By Nancy Churnin Kathy Krolikowski of Frisco, Texas, suspected something was wrong long before her doctors did. Every time she said her body ached, she was told she was working too hard or not exercising enough. It took three years before she heard, just as she had suspected, that she had the same autoimmune disorder … Continue reading

New Stem Cell Therapy Could Control Autoimmune Conditions

ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2012) — A new study, appearing in Cell Stem Cell and led by researchers at the University of Southern California, outlines the specifics of how autoimmune disorders can be controlled by infusions of mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are highly versatile stem cells that originate from the mesoderm, or middle … Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Links Obesity and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. — Obesity and the painful autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis are each becoming more common, raising a logical question: Could one have something to do with the other? For women, it appears there is a link, Mayo Clinic researchers say. They studied hundreds of patients and found a history of obesity puts … Continue reading

Patients Benefit from Treatment of Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

By Linda Fugate, Ph.D. Some degree of hearing loss is common with age. Most types are irreversible, but autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is an exception. Read more.

California Teen Takes Part in Annual Walk Sponsored by Autoimmune Disease Association

By Patty Guerra It only took a hug for Sarah Mascorro to figure out something was wrong with her little boy. “I noticed his heartbeat was pumping really fast,” she said. Her son, Andrew, went through a series of tests that eventually found his thyroid was extremely overactive. That was 14 years ago, and Andrew … Continue reading

Renowned Researcher Discusses Links Between Autism and Autoimmune Diseases

By Julio Morales Confessing that doctors and researchers have quite a way to go before they can begin to understand the causes of autism, one of the nation’s foremost autism experts said he is nonetheless excited about a recent research finding that may eventually lead to a reduction in new cases. Some research has shown … Continue reading

Study Shows British National Health System Fails Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

More than 500,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are contending with inadequate healthcare services, a report has claimed. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks their own healthy tissues. Arthritis Care says that the majority of recommendations made three years ago by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are … Continue reading