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Autoimmune Disease is a condition in which the body recognizes its own tissues as foreign and directs an immune response against them.
Spouses & Relatives Of Celiac Disease Patients At Risk For Autoimmune Diseases

Spouses & Relatives Of Celiac Disease Patients At Risk For Autoimmune Diseases

Both spouses and first-degree relatives of patients with celiac disease are at increased risk of nonceliac autoimmune disease, according to a study in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. This risk represents a mixture of genetic, environmental and ascertainment bias mechanisms. [More]
Exhausted army of immune cells may damage the very body they are supposed to protect

Exhausted army of immune cells may damage the very body they are supposed to protect

An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. [More]
PROMISSE study: Most women with lupus can expect good pregnancy outcomes

PROMISSE study: Most women with lupus can expect good pregnancy outcomes

One of the most important and anxiety-producing concerns among patients with lupus is whether it is safe to become pregnant. A pioneering study led by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has shown that most women can expect a good pregnancy outcome if their lupus is inactive and they are free of certain risk factors. [More]
Celimmune to provide oral presentation on AMG 714 antibody at 16th International Coeliac Disease Symposium

Celimmune to provide oral presentation on AMG 714 antibody at 16th International Coeliac Disease Symposium

Celimmune LLC, a clinical development-stage immunotherapy company focused on treating and preventing autoimmune diseases, announced today that Dr. Francisco Leon, CEO and Chief Medical Officer, will provide an oral presentation on an abstract related to the company's lead product candidate, AMG 714, at the 16th International Coeliac Disease Symposium, June 24, 2015, in Prague, Czech Republic. [More]
Autoantibodies play major role in IPF patients with acute exacerbations

Autoantibodies play major role in IPF patients with acute exacerbations

Patients with acute exacerbations of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis responded well to therapies similar to those used to treat autoimmune diseases, according to findings published today in PLOS ONE. The study suggests that autoantibodies — implicated in many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus — also play an important role in patients with acute exacerbations of IPF, a devastating lung disease. [More]
NIH-funded study identifies DOCK2 deficiency

NIH-funded study identifies DOCK2 deficiency

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have identified a new immune disorder--DOCK2 deficiency--named after the mutated gene responsible for the disease. [More]
Rare form of autoimmune syndrome may be tied to mutations in AIRE gene

Rare form of autoimmune syndrome may be tied to mutations in AIRE gene

A hereditary autoimmune disease that was thought to be exceedingly rare may have a less severe form that affects one in 1,000 people or even more, according to new research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel, and the University of Bergen, in Norway. [More]
La Jolla Institute researchers identify molecular pathway that maintains Treg cells' function

La Jolla Institute researchers identify molecular pathway that maintains Treg cells' function

Regulatory T cells (Treg cells) are part of the system of checks and balances that prevents the immune response from going overboard and causing autoimmune disease. Although critically important for shaping the immune response and maintaining self-tolerance, how they hold on to their immune-suppressive powers had remained unclear. [More]
ImmunArray to launch SLE-key Rule Out test for lupus in select U.S. markets

ImmunArray to launch SLE-key Rule Out test for lupus in select U.S. markets

At the premier European forum on rheumatologic disorders, ImmunArray, maker of a breakthrough technology that provides unprecedented levels of accuracy in ruling out the presence of lupus through a simple blood test, announced today that it is launching its new SLE-key™ Rule Out test in selected U.S. markets on July 1, 2015. [More]
Researchers suggest link between solar storms and incidences of RA and GCA

Researchers suggest link between solar storms and incidences of RA and GCA

What began as a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery. The results, published in May in BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Open, show a "highly significant" correlation between periodic solar storms and incidences of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and giant cell arteritis (GCA), two potentially debilitating autoimmune diseases. [More]
LMU clinicians reveal mechanism involved in determining lifetime of antibody-producing cells

LMU clinicians reveal mechanism involved in determining lifetime of antibody-producing cells

Clinicians at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have elucidated a mechanism involved in determining the lifespan of antibody-producing cells, and identified a promising new biomarker for monitoring autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus erythematosus. [More]
Researchers uncover how Gram-negative bacteria can trigger immune system reaction

Researchers uncover how Gram-negative bacteria can trigger immune system reaction

Researchers at the University of Toronto have uncovered how Gram-negative bacteria -- a broad class of bugs that cause diseases ranging from gonorrhea to diarrhea and pneumonia -- can trigger a reaction from our immune system. This discovery could lead to new therapies and treatments that use the immune system to fight infections instead of antibiotics. [More]
Study identifies unique bacterial signature in people with systemic sclerosis

Study identifies unique bacterial signature in people with systemic sclerosis

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) Press Conference showed that people with systemic sclerosis (SSc) have a unique bacterial signature in their colon, when compared with healthy people. [More]
Study shows that ankylosing spondylitis can be predicted by low birth weight

Study shows that ankylosing spondylitis can be predicted by low birth weight

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) Press Conference showed that a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be predicted by low birth weight, having older siblings and hospitalisation for infection between the ages of 5-16 years. [More]
UC Davis research paves way for designing more effective drugs to relieve pain

UC Davis research paves way for designing more effective drugs to relieve pain

UC Davis researchers have identified the molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body's primary receptor for sensing heat and pain, paving the way for the design of more selective and effective drugs to relieve pain. Their study appeared online June 8 in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. [More]
Time for a switch for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

Time for a switch for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

The comparable safety and efficacy of switching patients to a biosimilar anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibody from the reference medicinal product (RMP) has been further established in data presented at EULAR 2015, the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism. [More]
New research shows how human immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease

New research shows how human immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease

New research from Australian and Singaporean scientists has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease. [More]
National Psoriasis Foundation awards grants to support psoriatic disease research

National Psoriasis Foundation awards grants to support psoriatic disease research

The National Psoriasis Foundation awarded eight researchers each a one-year, $75,000 Discovery Grant to support the advancement of psoriatic disease research. By gaining a better understanding of the fundamentals of psoriatic disease--what causes psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and what happens in the body when these diseases are present--scientists can work on better treatments and a cure. [More]
National Psoriasis Foundation’s online research community receives second-year of funding from PCORI

National Psoriasis Foundation’s online research community receives second-year of funding from PCORI

The National Psoriasis Foundation received a second-year of funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for its patient-driven, online research community. [More]
FVCG portfolio companies selected to present research at Bio International 2015

FVCG portfolio companies selected to present research at Bio International 2015

Actinobac Biomed, NovoPedics, Inc. and MentiNova, Inc., three biotech start-up companies originally funded with investments from Foundation Venture Capital Group (FVCG), have been selected to present their research at Bio International 2015 as part of the Start-Up Stadium and Company Presentation forums offered at the Conference, announced FVCG President James M. Golubieski. [More]
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