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2010-02-01 12:16:43

Two studies published online on February 1 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (www.jem.org) reveal that patients with a rare autoimmune disease produce antibodies that attack microbe-fighting immune proteins called cytokines. These findings may help explain why these patients suffer recurrent yeast infections. Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome, or APS-I, afflicts one in 100,000 people and is characterized by disrupted thyroid and adrenal gland function and recurrent skin infections with...

2010-01-05 15:00:00

NOVATO, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN) announced today that the European Commission has granted marketing approval for 3,4-diaminopyridine (amifampridine phosphate), for the rare autoimmune disease Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). Amifampridine phosphate, developed by the pharmaceutical unit (AGEPS) of the Paris Public Hospital Authority (AP-HP) and licensed from EUSA Pharma SAS, is the first approved treatment for LEMS,...

2009-07-30 23:51:39

Sunlight may be associated with the development of certain autoimmune diseases, particularly in women, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, said women are more likely than men to develop many autoimmune diseases, but the reasons for this have not been clear. We only found the association between ultraviolet radiation exposure and dermatomyositis -- a connective-tissue disease characterized by...

2009-07-30 12:48:49

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight may be associated with the development of certain autoimmune diseases, particularly in women, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health."This study found that women who lived in areas with higher levels of UV exposure when they developed an autoimmune muscle disease called myositis were more likely to develop the form known as dermatomyositis, which...

2009-06-15 12:34:08

The beneficial effects of pregnancy and childbearing on arthritic conditions may be more long-term than previously thought, Norwegian researchers said. Dr. Marianne Wallenius, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said nulliparous women -- those who have not given birth to children -- are diagnosed with chronic arthritides -- including ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis an average of 5.2 years before parous women -- who have given birth to...

2009-06-11 10:21:25

 DNA vaccination using lupus autoantigens and interleukin-10 (IL-10, a cytokine that plays an important role in regulating the immune system) has potential as a novel therapy to induce antigen specific tolerance and may help to prevent kidney damage in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to a new study presented today at EULAR 2009, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Copenhagen, Denmark.SLE is a complex, chronic autoimmune disease...

2009-04-28 10:25:54

Autoimmune diseases have long been regarded as illnesses in which the immune system creates autoantibodies to attack the body itself. But, researchers at the California non-profit Autoimmunity Research Foundation (ARF) explain that the antibodies observed in autoimmune disease actually result from alteration of human genes and gene products by hidden bacteria.Not long ago, scientists believed they had located all bacteria capable of causing human disease, But DNA discoveries in the last...

2009-04-15 07:59:30

Patients with a rare, blinding eye disease saw their vision improve after treatment with drugs to suppress their immune systems, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Because autoimmune retinopathy (AIR) is difficult to diagnose, the biggest challenge now is to find biologic markers that identify patients who can benefit from treatment.In a review of 30 patients with autoimmune retinopathy, 21 individuals showed improvement after receiving treatment with...

2009-04-14 08:03:31

Ann Arbor, MI--Patients with a rare, blinding eye disease saw their vision improve after treatment with drugs to suppress their immune systems, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Because autoimmune retinopathy (AIR) is difficult to diagnose, the biggest challenge now is to find biologic markers that identify patients who can benefit from treatment.In a review of 30 patients with autoimmune retinopathy, 21 individuals showed improvement after receiving...

2009-03-12 15:55:00

Test builds on company's suite of tests to evaluate immune function LENEXA, Kan., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- IBT Laboratories, a leading clinical-diagnostics and biomedical-research laboratory specializing in immunology and allergy assays, will launch a new diagnostic assay designed to help physicians better understand and manage their patients who have recurrent infections. The company will introduce the Pneumococcal Antibody Avidity Test at the annual meeting of the American Academy of...


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