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New Research Pact Promises to Speed the Creation of Autoimmune Therapies

Newswise — SEATTLE – Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), a non-profit biomedical research institute in Seattle, Wash., and Novo Nordisk, a global health care company headquartered in Denmark, today announced a three-year collaborative agreement to potentially speed-up translational research of the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and lupus. The … Continue reading

Free American Autoimmune Association Forum to Feature Autoimmune Experts

Newswise — Portland, OR – June 26, 2012: The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) is hosting a “What Every American Needs to Know About Autoimmune Disease” forum on Saturday, August 4th , 2012. The event will be held at Oregon Health Sciences University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in the Vey Conference Center on the 11th … Continue reading

20-year-old Creates Unique Stuffed Animals to Help Kids Understand Illness

By Megan Maginity When Haley Royko graduated from high school, nothing was going to stop her from going to college — not even the disease that changed her life forever. Now she’s on a mission to help children with life-threatening diseases understand their situation. She knows how they feel. When she was 12 years old, … Continue reading

Dirtying Up Our Diets

By Jeff D. Leach OVER 7,000 strong and growing, community farmers’ markets are being heralded as a panacea for what ails our sick nation. The smell of fresh, earthy goodness is the reason environmentalists approve of them, locavores can’t live without them, and the first lady has hitched her vegetable cart crusade to them. As … Continue reading

Study Links Autoimmune Diseases and Airborn Nanotech Particles

By Medical News Today According to a study published in the journal Nanomedicine, researchers have found an association between exposure to nanoparticles and rheumatoid arthritis and the development of other serious autoimmune disease. In addition, the team discovered new cellular targets for developing potential drug therapies to treat autoimmune diseases. Findings from the study, conducted … Continue reading

Biochemist’s Diet Cuts Out Foods That Inflame Immune System

This autoimmune diet seems very similar to its counterparts, but I liked her trick for portion control, which I’ve pasted below. Biochemist Kathy Abascal also has an ingenious trick to make us eat our veggies: meals and snacks require a ratio of 2/3 vegetables and fruits to 1/3 protein and whole grains. My handful of … Continue reading

Study Suggests Certain Fats Could Trigger Crohn’s, Colitis

HealthDay News — Certain types of saturated fats common in today’s Western diet may change gut bacteria and trigger inflammatory bowel disease in people genetically predisposed to the disorder, according to a new study that looked at this relationship in mice. Inflammatory bowel disease includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The University of Chicago researchers … Continue reading

Aseptic Meningitis and Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Therapy

By Nicole Shine I’ve written earlier about the massive migraines my husband experiences that have resulted in regular trips to the ER. Before he contracted dermatomyositis, he never had headaches, much less migraines, so we knew it was related to the disease. Well, not quite. Turns out, the twice-monthly IVIG therapy is behind the migraines. … Continue reading

Diabetes Rising Rapidly Among U.S. Kids

By Serena Gordon Diabetes is increasing among U.S. children at an alarming rate, say researchers who report jumps of more than 20 percent since 2001 for type 2 disease, which is linked to excessive weight and sedentary lifestyles, and type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease. “Both types of diabetes are increasing,” said study … Continue reading

New Research Shows Belly ‘Membrane’ May Regulate Immune System

(HealthDay News) — A fatty membrane in the belly long believed to serve little purpose may actually play an important role in immune system regulation, according to a new study using mouse cells. The finding might one day lead to new drugs for organ-transplant patients and people with autoimmune diseases such as lupus and Crohn’s … Continue reading