Autoimmune Diseases

How infection can trigger autoimmune disease

Australian scientists have confirmed a 'weak link' in the immune system – identifying the exact conditions under which an infection can trigger an autoantibody response, a process not clearly understood until now.

Nov 09, 2012
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Origin of unusual glands in the body discovered

The thymus gland is a critical component of the human immune system that is responsible for the development of T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, which help organize and lead the body's fighting forces against harmful organisms like ...

Jan 23, 2014
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Study shows TWEAK-Fn14 is drug target for cancer

(Medical Xpress)—A cellular pathway interaction known as TWEAK-Fn14, often associated with repair of acute injuries, also is a viable target for drug therapy that could prevent the spread of cancer, especially brain cancer, ...

Nov 08, 2013
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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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Immunology: White blood cells show their stripes

For the human immune system to work effectively, the body must be able to distinguish invading pathogens, such as fungi and bacteria, from its own healthy tissue. A group of white blood cells known as dendritic ...

Aug 28, 2013
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Adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may attempt to manage negative moods by using the drug, according to a study in September's Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.