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  • 4 out of 5 autoimmune disorders strike women images-1 4 out of 5 autoimmune disorders strike women

    Why do more women than men get autoimmune diseases? There are more than 80 autoimmune diseases that can be life-altering, even life-threatening. These occur when the immune system goes awry and mistakenly attacks healthy parts of the body rather than infectious invaders such as bacteria and viruses. It’s often described as the body’s inability to distinguish “self” from “non-self.” Autoimmune diseases afflict 23.5 million Americans, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, although the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association estimates the number at more than twice that. Women account for nearly 80 percent of all cases — for reasons not well understood. Most often, they hit women in their reproductive years, often complicating pregnancy. The immune system produces… Read more..

  • Scientists explain how autoimmune disease spreads 170511_immunesystem Scientists explain how autoimmune disease spreads

      When the immune system attacks the body it can go unnoticed, but the attack gradually strengthens until it has developed into full blown rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or another type of autoimmune disease. Scientists have now discovered how the immune system intensifies its attack. The discovery could help with the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases before they cause too much damage. “It’s a big step in the right direction towards developing medicine targeted at halting the negative spiral set in motion by the immune system,” says co-author, Assistant Professor Søren Egedal Degn, from the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University, Denmark. The new study is published in the scientific journal Cell. “The results emphasise the significance of cooperation between the… Read more..

  • Researchers target T-cells to fight autoimmune disease images-2 Researchers target T-cells to fight autoimmune disease

    Researchers in both academia and industry are turning to immune-suppressing cells to clamp down on autoimmune disorders, and the effort is building to a fever pitch. Recently, pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly of Indianapolis, Indiana, announced that it would pay up to US$400 million to support the development of a drug — which entered clinical trials in March — that stimulates these cells, called regulatory T cells. And in January, Celgene of Summit, New Jersey, announced plans to buy a company working on a similar therapy for $300 million. Other companies, from tiny biotechs to pharmaceutical heavyweights, are also investing in an approach that could yield treatments for a variety of disorders caused by an immune attack on the body’s own… Read more..

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