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Prednisone Kidnapped My Husband

By Nicole Shine I lost my husband. Not in any of the conventional ways. He didn’t die or leave me for his secretary. Instead, he got an autoimmune disease that no one’s heard of, dermatomyositis, and disappeared. Now I have Husband 2.0, but unlike an iPhone, he’s not a better version of his past self. … Continue reading

Red Wine Boosts Good Intestinal Bacteria, Helps Regulate Immune System

By Cari Nierenberg, WebMD Health News Drinking a daily glass of red wine not only tastes good to many people, but it’s also good for the bacteria lining your large intestine. A new Spanish study suggests that sipping about 9 ounces of Merlot or a low-alcohol red wine changed the mix of good and bad … Continue reading

Venus Still Learning to Cope with Autoimmune Disease

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – Venus Williams, who says she is still learning to live with a chronic illness, battled into the second round of the French Open on Sunday with a 4-6 6-1 6-3 victory over Argentine Paula Ormaechea. Seven-times grand-slam champion Williams, who returned to the tour in March after dropping out with … Continue reading

More Research Showing Turmeric’s Health Benefits

By Researchers at Oregon State’s Linus Pauling Institute have just unraveled another important reason that curcumin (the primary component of the curry spice turmeric) deserves its age-old rep for health support. Collaborating with colleagues at the University of Denmark, they discovered that dietary curcumin supports an increase in levels of the cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide … Continue reading

Pregnancy Hormones Play Role in Easing Autoimmune Symptoms

BBC News–Women with a range of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease report dramatic improvements in their symptoms during pregnancy. However many say their conditions return, or worsen, after childbirth. Two clinical trials are being held in France and California. Researchers want to find out whether increasing levels of progesterone or oestrogen … Continue reading

New Study Suggests Exercise Might Reduce Psoriasis Risk

By Rita Rubin, WebMD Health News The findings come out of the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, which includes only women, but previous research suggests that exercise may also protect men against the chronic skin condition, characterized mostly by inflamed, scaly patches. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, … Continue reading

New Research Finds Link Between Breast-Feeding and Genes Associated with Immune System

By Phyllis Picklesimer Media/Communications Specialist, University of Illinois College of ACES News and Public Affairs URBANA, Ill. — A new multi-university study reports that differences in bacterial colonization of the infant gut in formula-fed and breast-fed babies lead to changes in the expression of genes involved in the infant’s immune system. The study, published in … Continue reading

Experimental Cancer and Alzheimer`s Treatment Shows Potential to Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

London–May 22, 2012–Researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which a cell signalling pathway contributes to the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The study led by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery, also provides proof that drugs under development for diseases such as cancer could potentially be used to treat RA. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic … Continue reading

Prescription Drug Act Proves Crucial to Millions of Americans with Chronic Diseases

By Sandra C. Raymond, president and CEO, Lupus Foundation of America Ten years ago, most Americans had never heard of lupus – a chronic autoimmune disease. Today, through education and outreach, more people are becoming familiar with the serious impact lupus has on the health of an estimated 1.5 million Americans. With Congress actively considering … Continue reading

Tips for Gluten Free Living

Gluten-free products seem to be everywhere — from pasta and cookies to bread and even ice cream. Major food retailers such as WalMart, Whole Foods, Wegman’s and Target carry a number of gluten-free products, and PF Chang’s, Outback, Chili’s and other chain restaurants have added several gluten-free menu items. Although it may seem as though … Continue reading