Auto Immune Disease

Does too much hygiene cause diabetes?

The incidence of auto-immune diseases like type 1 diabetes and allergies has risen dramatically in developed countries over the past fifty years. The reasons for this trend are not fully understood but a theory known as ...

Jan 09, 2014
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Research discoveries uncover secrets of immune system

A series of discoveries made by scientists at the University of Dundee is helping to uncover the secrets of how chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are caused and could lead ...

Sep 12, 2013
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New technology links diet to genetic markers

(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers looking into links between nutrition and genetics have developed technologies that will revolutionise how food companies validate new products.

Jul 01, 2013
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Auto-immune disease: The viral route is confirmed

Why would our immune system turn against our own cells? This is the question that the combined Inserm/CNRS/ Pierre and Marie Curie University/Association Institut de Myologie have strived to answer in their "Therapies for ...

Dec 19, 2012
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Autoimmune diseases arise from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks its own cells. This may be restricted to certain organs (e.g. in autoimmune thyroiditis) or involve a particular tissue in different places (e.g. Goodpasture's disease which may affect the basement membrane in both the lung and the kidney). The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression—medication which decreases the immune response.

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