Autoimmune Diseases

Researcher discusses state of the immunotherapy field

After decades in the shadows, treatments that encourage a patient's own immune system to target their cancer – known as immunotherapy – have emerged as one of the brightest hopes in cancer research, and have rarely been ...

Sep 18, 2015
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Researchers dig for cause of dog diabetes

(HealthDay)—Like many other animals, man's best friend isn't immune to developing diabetes. But new research suggests that while the disease in dogs looks similar to type 1 diabetes in people, there are some significant ...

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Artificial pancreas works well in home trial

(HealthDay)—The latest trial of an artificial pancreas system offers good news for people with type 1 diabetes—the system lowered blood sugar levels without increasing the risk of dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), ...

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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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