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Pivotal Lupus Discoveries at Autoimmune Research Forum

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2012 — The 12thannual Lupus Research Institute (LRI) Scientific Conference “Forum for Discovery” brought together more than 60 of the country’s top experts in the field to focus their talent on addressing the critical questions in the autoimmune disease lupus. LRI-funded investigators presented new findings on a broad range of topics … Continue reading

Research Links Lupus to Staph Bacteria

From the Huffington Post While the number of people diagnosed with lupus has more than tripled over the past four decades, researchers remain baffled, for the most part, as to what exactly causes the autoimmune disease. Previous studies have pointed to gender, ethnicity (lupus is two to three times more prevalent among women of color … Continue reading

Study Finds Celiac Disease Common in the US

HealthDay News–New research suggests that 1.4 million Americans have celiac disease but don’t realize it, while 1.6 million people are on gluten-free diets— a treatment for celiac disease — even though they might not need it. The findings, which estimate that 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease — an autoimmune condition — suggest that a … Continue reading

Steroids Like Prednisone Impact Mental Health

By Dr. Mitchell Hecht Q: My mother was prescribed prednisone for a bout of bronchitis, but it made her go crazy. She stayed up all night watching a shopping channel, spending more than $15,000. She’s never had any mental illness in the past. Why does this sort of thing happen? A: Like a double-edged sword, … Continue reading

Most Children’s Diets Lack Sufficient Immune-Boosting Foods

By William Sears, M.D. Biothera Healthcare Scientific Advisory Board Among the conclusions of a recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published online by the The Journal of Pediatrics, June 20, 2012, was that most kids under age 8 get the nutrients they need from the food they eat. In my many years … Continue reading

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

Preliminary Study Finds Shingles Vaccine OK for Autoimmune Patients

By Denise Mann The live-virus shingles vaccine may be safe for people with autoimmune conditions and for those taking immunity-suppressing drugs. The provocative finding comes from a study of 463,541 people aged 60 and older with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other autoimmune conditions such as psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Some of … Continue reading

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

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

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