Auto Immune Disease

Protecting us from our cells

Our immune system defends us from harmful bacteria and viruses, but, if left unchecked, the cells that destroy those invaders can turn on the body itself, causing auto-immune diseases like type-1 diabetes ...

Oct 22, 2014
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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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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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