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2009-06-02 08:20:28

 Linking genetic material microRNAs with cells that regulate the immune system could one day lead to new therapies for treating cancer, infections and autoimmune diseases, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.Qing-Sheng Mi, M.D., Ph.D., the study's senior author and director of Henry Ford's Immunology Program, says their findings are important because it shows for the first time an association between microRNAs and a key subset of immune regulatory cells in the body, natural killer T...

2009-05-13 06:30:00

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: RIGL) today announced that James M. Gower, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, is scheduled to present a company overview at the 8th Annual JMP Securities Research Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. PT. To access the live audio webcast or the subsequent archived recording, log on to www.rigel.com. Please connect to Rigel's website several minutes...

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2009-05-04 07:12:14

Ten years ago, Stanford University School of Medicine scientist Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, and his colleagues made headlines when they identified the culprit behind the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now Mignot and his collaborators have shown for the first time that a specific immune cell is involved in the disorder "” confirming experts' long-held suspicion that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease. The work, which will be published online May 3 in Nature Genetics, could lead to better...

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...

2009-04-27 15:53:04

British researchers say they've discovered parasite infestations might have a good side, acting as a conditioning agent for a natural immune system. Our understanding of mammalian immunology is largely based on rodents reared under highly unnatural pathogen and stress-free conditions, said University of Nottingham Professor Jan Bradley, who led the study. Analyzing the immune response in wild populations can give crucial insights into how the immune system functions in its natural context....

2009-04-14 07:30:00

Trial to Evaluate Safety of CCL2-LPM for Inflammatory Kidney Disease SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Osprey Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. announced today that patient dosing has commenced in a Phase Ib clinical trial of the company's lead compound, CCL2-LPM, for the treatment of IgA nephropathy, an inflammatory kidney disease. Osprey Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. is developing novel chemokine-enzyme fusion protein therapeutics, known as Leukocyte Population Modulators (LPMs), for the...

2009-04-09 09:42:12

Deficiency in vitamin D has been widely regarded as contributing to autoimmune disease, but a review appearing in Autoimmunity Reviews explains that low levels of vitamin D in patients with autoimmune disease may be a result rather than a cause of disease and that supplementing with vitamin D may actually exacerbate autoimmune disease. Authored by a team of researchers at the California-based non-profit Autoimmunity Research Foundation, the paper goes on to point out that molecular biologists...

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2009-03-28 08:35:00

Genes taken from fireflies and jellyfish are literally shedding light on possible causes of infertility and autoimmune diseases in humans. Scientists are using the luminescent and florescent genes to illuminate cells that produce a hormone linked to conditions, which include rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The technique will help scientists track the production of the hormone prolactin, which is crucial in ensuring supplies of breast milk in nursing mothers but can be overproduced by some...

2009-03-26 08:20:00

Twenty Percent of Surveyed MCO Pharmacy Directors Say They Will Alter Reimbursement of TNF-alpha Inhibitors for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Pediatric Crohn's Disease, According to a New Report from Decision Resources WALTHAM, Mass., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that 30 percent of surveyed rheumatologists have altered their prescription patterns for juvenile idiopathic...

2009-03-25 08:20:50

Current research describes a new method to track the development of autoimmune diseases before the onset of symptoms. The related report by Zangani et al, "Tracking early autoimmune disease by bioluminescent imaging of NF-ÃŽºB activation reveals pathology in multiple organ systems," appears in the April 2009 issue of The American Journal of Pathology.Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes are caused when the immune system...


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