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Single Gene Could Point to Better Treatments for MS and Other Autoimmune Conditions

From Nature magazine Like diabetes, most forms of cancer and other common diseases, there is no single gene that causes the autoimmune condition multiple sclerosis (MS). Dozens of genetic variations act in concert with environmental factors to cause the debilitating neurological disease. Yet a single genetic variant may explain why drugs that treat other autoimmune … 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

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

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

You’re Not Imagining Your Symptoms

By Pat Ivey A number of years ago, my ex-husband’s mother died. This in itself was not unusual, although she was fairly young, in her early 60s. What was notable was that it was only two days before she passed, after she had been in a coma for weeks, when she was finally diagnosed with … Continue reading

Botox Could Aid Overactive Bladder in MS Patients

Many people, including those with the autoimmune condition Multiple Sclerosis, find that their bladder becomes troublesome at some point in their lives. The bladder has complex nerve controls which are easily disrupted. This can lead to an overactive or “unstable” bladder, which needs emptying very often and in a hurry. If a toilet is not … Continue reading

Good Bacteria May Hold Key to Madonna’s Health

The secret to Madonna’s staying power may be surprisingly simple: gardening. What the pop star does involves no trowel or soil. Thanks to dishes of fermented soy beans, millet and brown rice prepared by her personal chef, Mayumi Nishimura, Madonna practices a form of inner horticulture — cultivating her intestinal flora in a burgeoning alternative … 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 Drug Might Slow Multiple Sclerosis

By Mikaela Conley Early use of the multiple sclerosis drug interferon beta-1a might slow and even stop progression of the autoimmune disease, according to new research from the American Academy of Neurology. Patients who received interferon soon after their first disease symptoms were less likely to see the disease progress into “clinically definite” multiple sclerosis, … Continue reading