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Continued progress in 2017

Every day brings hope of new discoveries and gains in research being conducted in the field of autoimmune diseases. Using stem cells to combat the progession of MS and the discovery of new protiens that may  counter the effects of autoimmune diseases give us hope that cures are soon to come. New generic or biosimular “Humira” drugs in the pipeline will save patients millions of dollars annually, Hopefully, we will see other major breakthroughs that will help all of us who live with autoimmune problems. We will continue to report the latest news on this site and our blog site, autoimmunefacts.info. Thank you for your support. Andy and Bob

If there’s smoke is there fire?

More and more information has recently been published about “new pills” (see new pill for Celiac news article) or new cures (see articles on T-Cell research) that are being developed to combat  autoimmune issues. Recently a large pharmaceutical company announced it is advancing a new monoclonal antibody, considered a validated potential target in the treatment of a range of autoimmune diseases, into a clinical trial in humans (see autoimmunefacts.info). It is encouraging to see this novel research being conducted around the world, which hopeful will result in a breakthrough treatment for autoimmune patients.

More T-cell Research

Kudos to the National Institutes of Health for recently providing a $1.3M Autoimmune Disease Prevention grant  to researchers at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Institute (BRI)  in Seattle, WA. for their work on finding the t-cells that drive rheumatoid arthritis. We need to continue pressuring our government agencies to fund more research on unlocking the secrets of t-cells. Read more at http://autoimmunefacts.info/t-cells-found-drive-rheumatoid-arthritis/.

Is “Leaky Gut Syndrome” real?

There are several medical diagnoses that might politely be called controversial. One of these is “leaky gut syndrome”. In leaky gut, a trigger substance damages the lining of the small intestine, where most of our food is absorbed. As a result, excessively large molecules (macromolecules) from food “leak” through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. The immune system, always on the alert for invaders (like viruses or bacteria), reads these macromolecules as “the enemy” and creates antibodies to destroy them. The antibodies attach to the macromolecules, producing something called an antigen-antibody complex. This now quite-bulky complex lands in certain susceptible parts of the body and causes trouble. Deposited in the skin, you can get a rash like eczema; in your… Read more..

Treating Autoimmune is Big Business

Each of the top 10 best-selling drugs in the world generated more than $5.5 billion in sales. Together, the top 10 turned in $76.38 billion in sales. Wow, that’s more than $75 billion in sales from just 10 products. The top three best-selling drugs Humira, Enbrel and Remicade treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune diseases. This clearly illustrates how many of us are dependent on these companies to continue their research to introduce new products.  We must make sure our insurance companies and federal officials understand the importance of funding these drugs to improve our quality of life.    

March is National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

In March 2010, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating March as “National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month” to help  support efforts to increase awareness of autoimmune diseases and to increase funding for autoimmune disease research. The Senate resolution (S.RES.372) was sponsored by Michigan Senator Carl Levin.  Although the intent of the resolution was good, one has to wonder if the resolution had any pronounced positive effects. I’ll bet that less than 20% of all Americans today can name an autoimmune disease. Also, the amount of federal funded research to find cures for autoimmune diseases continues to decline. It’s up to us, the patients and families of those affected,  to wave the flag and keep the pressure on the individuals and institutions that can help… Read more..

The recent death of Harold Ramis, the writer/director/actor, from complications of the autoimmune disorder vasculitis has recently highlighted the disease. A most informative article came out of Stanford University, which is summarized below.

  When various forms of news media last week reported the cause of death of Harold Ramis, the writer/director/actor, as complications from the “rare autoimmune disorder vasculitis,” I can promise you there were many people who read that and said, “Huh?” for very personal reasons. These are people who, like me, knew that these reports weren’t quite right. Vasculitis is actually a family of at least 15 forms of this disease group and one not so rare when all those who have some form (perhaps as many as 3 million) are added together. Research and clinical trials on vasculitis have been carried on in a handful of centers around the world. One long-time investigator in this area, also a teacher and clinician,… Read more..

A story of Inspiration from the Winter Olympics

Taku Takeuchi of Japan won a bronze medal in the team ski jumping competition at Sochi while struggling with a serious autoimmune disease. The 26-year-old Takeuchi was hospitalized in January after being told he was suffering from Churg-Strauss syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disorder that causes severe coughing and numbness in the arms and legs. “I jumped with a desire to inspire those people suffering from the same disease. If you pray, things can come true,” said Takeuchi, whose jumps of 127 and 130 meters contributed to Japan reaching the podium for the first time since its victory in the event at the 1998 Nagano Games. Even though medicine can treat the symptoms, which include muscle pain and numbness, they can… Read more..