Autoimmune Diseases

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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No serious adverse reactions to HPV vaccination

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and their Danish colleagues have monitored HPV-vaccinated girls via patient data registries in order to examine the incidence of a wide range of diseases and thus determine if ...

Oct 09, 2013
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Cancer mutation likely trigger of scleroderma

Johns Hopkins scientists have found evidence that cancer triggers the autoimmune disease scleroderma, which causes thickening and hardening of the skin and widespread organ damage.

Dec 05, 2013
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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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B-cells aggravate autoimmune diseases

Scientists in Freiburg may have discovered a fundamental aggravating factor in autoimmune diseases. If B-lymphocytes lack the protein PTP1B, the cells will become hyperactive for stimulatory signals and can ...

Mar 04, 2014
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