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2010-11-25 08:17:35

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in its moderate or severe form - may be an auto-immune issue, according to a new study. Researchers in Spain studied the presence of auto-antibodies in patients with COPD and compared them to levels of control subjects. They found that a significant number of patients with COPD had significant levels of auto-antibodies circulating in their blood, about 5-10 times the level in the controls. "We showed that between one third...

2010-11-10 08:00:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ChemoCentryx, Inc., today announced favorable Phase I results for CCX168 at the Annual American College of Rheumatology Meeting (ACR). CCX168, the Company's orally-active small molecule antagonist, is designed to target the receptor for the pro-inflammatory protein known as 'complement 5a' (C5a), a so-called anaphylatoxin that drives inflammatory responses associated with autoimmune diseases such as vasculitis, aged-related macular...

2010-11-07 00:16:27

Betty Diamond, MD, head of the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders at the Feinstein Institute, has collaborated with colleagues at the Burke Cornell Medical Research Institute to identify two distinct mechanisms that explain the how lupus autoantibodies alter brain function and led to such a wide array of neuropsychiatric complaints. Manhasset, NY (Vocus) November 5, 2010 Many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) suffer from a variety of neuropsychiatric problems...

2010-08-19 15:02:18

Patients previously considered autoantibody negative can benefit from immunosuppression Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified a subgroup of patients with necrotizing myopathy who have a novel autoantibody specificity that makes them potential candidates for immunosuppressive therapy. The complete study is published in the September issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology. Myopathy is a term used to describe...

2010-07-15 13:25:10

 Two UNC School of Medicine faculty authored an editorial in the July 15, 2010 New England Journal of Medicine commenting on results from two clinical trials using the drug Rituximab to treat small-vessel vasculitis, a rare autoimmune disease. The trials took place in the United States "“ Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (RAVE) -- and in Europe -- Rituximab versus cyclophosphamide in ANCA-Associated renal vasculitis (RITUXIVAS). Both trials showed that rituximab was...

2010-06-15 00:25:19

There is a new path to defeat systemic sclerosis, also called scleroderma because of the hardening of the skin of the patients (from Greek skleros, "hard", and derma, "skin"). This path involves the B-cell of the immune system, so far only considered "innocent spectators," as Catholic University rheumatologist Gianfranco Ferraccioli, among the authors of the important research, puts it. Also Silvia Bosello, Maria De Santis, Gina Lama, Cristina Spanò, Cristiana Angelucci,...

2010-05-14 08:56:00

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As many as 5.3 million Americans, and 35 million people worldwide, are living with Alzheimer's disease (AD), a devastating neurodegenerative illness characterized by memory loss, cognitive decline and widespread destruction of neurons in the brain. Today, there is no definitive diagnosis for the disease, and no treatment to cure it. AD is the most common form of dementia and, with our aging population, the number of people who will...

2010-04-19 08:00:00

NOVATO, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN) announced today that Firdapse(TM) (3,4-diaminopyridine) is now commercially available in the European Union (E.U.) for the treatment of the rare autoimmune disease Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). Launching immediately in Germany and the UK, the company expects to subsequently launch Firdapse in all major European markets by the end of 2010. Firdapse received marketing approval in the...

2010-03-02 08:15:00

DENVER, March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Corgenix Medical Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: CONX), a worldwide developer and marketer of diagnostic test kits, has announced the availability of its new automation friendly anti-phospholipid assay format. The new format offers high-volume testing labs the same performance as the currently available Corgenix rapid assay with improved efficiency and high-volume analysis. "Offering both extended and short assay formats allows us to maintain...

2010-02-25 09:57:45

Study finds SLE patients at risk for developing atherosclerosis A study by researchers in Australia and the United Kingdom suggests that autoantibodies to fat binding proteins significantly increase in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with active disease. This increase in anti-apolipoprotein (anti-Apo A-I), anti-high-density lipoprotein (anti-HDL), and anti-C-reactive protein (anti-CRP) may contribute to the development of atherosclerosis in SLE patients, placing them at risk for...


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