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2009-12-15 08:00:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- CalciMedica, a biotechnology company focused on developing novel small molecule inhibitors of CRAC channels for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, announced the closing of the second tranche of its Series C financing. CalciMedica received its seed financing from SR One in December 2006 and closed a Series B round led by Sanderling Ventures, with participation from SR One, in August 2007. The Company's current $12 million...

2009-11-24 12:45:35

Current research suggests that a common oral bacterium may exacerbate autoimmune disease. The related report by Nichols et al, "Unique Lipids from a Common Human Bacterium Represent a New Class of TLR2 Ligands Capable of Enhancing Autoimmunity," appears in the December 2009 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease where the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, affects nearly 1 in 700 people in the United States. Patients with multiple...

2009-10-29 14:45:00

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its strategy to discover and develop more biotechnology medicines, Eli Lilly and Company today officially opened a new state-of-the-art biotechnology center on the West Coast. The facility, known as the "Lilly Biotechnology Center - San Diego," is opening three months after Lilly announced it is moving its ImClone research headquarters (which specializes in developing cancer biologics) into a new biopharmaceutical research cluster in...

2009-10-29 04:00:00

National Psoriasis Foundation asks Americans affected by psoriatic diseases to take action PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today is World Psoriasis Day and the National Psoriasis Foundation is asking all Americans affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to raise awareness about these diseases by going to www.psoriasis.org/wpd and taking action. Psoriasis, a painful and disfiguring autoimmune disease that appears on the skin, affects an estimated 125 million...

2009-10-08 09:41:15

A new technique being tested in stem-cell transplants from imperfectly matched donors has revealed a striking, unforeseen response that can suppress graft-versus-host disease, a common and dangerous complication of mismatched transplants, report scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Analysis of blood samples from a small number of clinical trial patients showed that the novel method -- which inactivates specific immune cells from the donor that would attack the recipient's body --...

2009-10-01 06:00:00

Two-thirds of women with psoriasis say the disease negatively affects their overall emotional well-being PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are markedly more likely than men to suffer from the emotional and psychological effects of the diseases, according to survey data released by the National Psoriasis Foundation today. Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country, affecting as many as 7.5 million...

2009-08-12 14:42:14

People with psoriasis may also be at risk for developing other serious medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes and obesity, U.S. researchers say. A study of 5,000 psoriasis patients by the National Psoriasis Foundation found nearly two-thirds report having at least one other critical health problem. Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease that has no cure, appears on the skin most often as red scaly patches that itch and bleed. The patient survey indicates: -- Nearly 70 percent...

2009-06-14 13:08:36

Australian and New Zealand researchers have accelerated research into Multiple Sclerosis by discovering two new locations of genes which will help to unravel the causes of MS and other autoimmune disease. Their findings will be published today in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics. "For decades the cause of MS has remained a mystery. This discovery reveals important new insights into the genetic susceptibility to the disease, "says Professor Trevor Kilpatrick, Director for Neurosciences...

2009-06-11 07:54:07

Older mice are more susceptible to proteoglycan-induced arthritis (PGIA). Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Immunity & Ageing have shown, for the first time, that young mice are completely resistant, but become fully susceptible to the disease with age.Tibor Glant, from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, worked with a team of researchers to investigate the effects of immunological senescence on susceptibility to arthritis. He said, "Our results suggest...

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2009-06-10 13:45:00

Over 100,000 people suffer from multiple sclerosis in Germany alone. Despite intensive research, the factors that trigger the disease and influence its progress remain unclear. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried and an international research team have succeeded in attaining three important new insights into the disease. It would appear that B cells play an unexpected role in the spontaneous development of multiple sclerosis and that particularly aggressive...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'