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2008-01-08 10:38:09

Women who doll up with too much perfume might not know it because they're depressed. That's the conclusion of Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, a physician and autoimmune disease researcher at Tel Aviv University in Israel who studies "autoantibodies." This class of chemicals launches attacks against the body's cells, often in patients with autoimmune disease such as lupus. "Our scientific findings suggest that women who are depressed are also losing their sense of smell, and may...

2007-07-13 06:15:46

By Lee, Seung-Hwan Kim, Mee-Ran; Kim, Ji-Hyun; Kwon, Hyuk-Sang; Et al Abstract We report a patient with combined polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and autoimmune polyglandular syndrome (APS) type 2. A 26-year-old female presented with polyuria, polydipsia and acute weight loss. She was diagnosed with: (1) type 1 diabetes, with hyperglycemia, impaired insulin secretion, and positive autoantibodies for GAD-65 and IA-2; (2) autoimmune thyroiditis, with hypothyroidism, positive anti-microsomal...

2005-11-24 09:10:00

DUBLIN -- Scientists in Ireland have discovered that eggs from a parasitic worm may hold the key to treating inflammatory conditions such as lung diseases and the skin complaint psoriasis. Researchers at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) said on Thursday they had found that the worm, schistosoma mansoni, which infects over 250 million people in tropical countries, releases a molecule with strong anti-inflammatory qualities. Padraic Fallon of TCD's School of Biochemistry and Immunology said the...

2005-11-03 14:24:12

STANFORD, Calif. - Tryptophan is the source of Thanksgiving legend and grist for a "Seinfeld" episode, but it's not the chemical that you'd expect to find in Lawrence Steinman's lab. A professor of neurology and neurological sciences and chair of the immunology program, Steinman, MD, and his lab generally focus on high-tech genetic therapies for diseases of the brain and nervous system. But his latest paper, to be published in the Nov. 4 issue of Science, breaks new ground on the effects of...

2005-09-12 17:28:48

SAN DIEGO "“ (September 12, 2005) A major finding by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology (LIAI) has identified a previously unknown cellular mechanism that acts as an off switch for immune system function. The discovery could lead to the future development of new treatments for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system, which normally wards off invading viruses and...

2005-06-21 18:35:00

Scientists at The Schepens Eye Research Institute have discovered that a protein known as F4/80 found on immune cells in the eye and other parts of the body may have a function in the regulation of the body's immune response and protect delicate tissues that cannot survive the "inflammation" inherent in full-blown immunity. "We believe that this discovery may ultimately help in the development of therapies for blinding eye diseases such as macular degeneration and autoimmune diseases that...

2005-06-21 17:35:00

The immune system is a complex and powerful weapon that provides protection against bacteria and viruses that, if left unchecked, would wreak havoc throughout the human body. The ability of the immune system to recognize the body's own tissues is essential, but sometimes the immune system loses the ability to distinguish "self" from potentially harmful invaders. This can lead to autoimmune disease characterized by destruction of healthy tissues. Although it is not clear exactly what causes...


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