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2012-10-22 10:40:31

Certain immune cell receptors are more common than mere chance would dictate. New research shows why Our immune system must be tremendously complex to respond to the unending assault of viruses, bacteria and cancerous cells. One of the mechanisms used by the immune system to cope with the huge variety of possible threats is to randomly combine DNA segments for the production of receptors on lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell. The number of possible receptors that can be...

2012-10-17 22:24:16

A new clinical study published in BioMedCentral's open access journal Arthritis Research and Therapy provides preliminary evidence that vitamin D supplementation could be considered an immunomodulatory agent for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a debilitating autoimmune disease characterized not only by skin, joint, neurological and renal symptoms, but also by inflammation of tissue linings in the body. SLE is a T- and B-cell-dependent disease that causes an appearance of...

2012-10-16 11:38:01

More intensive screening of patients recommended An analysis of 27 studies linking psoriasis in 314,000 individuals with diabetes has found strong correlation between the scaly skin rash and the blood sugar disorder that predisposes patients to heart disease, say UC Davis researchers who led the review. The findings appear in an article titled "Psoriasis and the risk of diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis," which is now online in the Archives of Dermatology. "Our...

2012-10-15 11:25:26

Reproducing a rare type of B cell in the laboratory and infusing it back into the body may provide an effective treatment for severe autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. The findings, which were demonstrated in mice, highlight the unique properties of a subset of B cells that normally controls immune responses and limits autoimmunity, in which an organism mistakenly attacks its own healthy...

2012-10-09 04:03:50

Ignyta´s vision is to kindle the development and usage of the most accurate molecular diagnostic tests and precisely targeted therapeutics in autoimmune diseases (AID) and to extinguish AID through earlier, more enlightened diagnosis and treatment of patients worldwide. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2012 NexDx, Inc. announced today that it has changed its name to Ignyta, Inc. The name change reflects the San Diego based biotechnology company´s broader commitment to catalyzing...

2012-10-03 14:50:53

Researchers in Argentina report that women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who undergo assisted reproduction technology (ART) infertility treatment are at risk for increased disease activity. Study findings published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, suggest reproductive hormones contribute to regulation of immune responses in autoimmune diseases such as MS. According to a 2006 report from the World Health Organization...

2012-09-14 23:03:42

The two internationally renowned physician-scientists will help guide NexDx's development of molecular diagnostics in rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2012 NexDx, Inc. (http://www.nexdx.com), a science driven molecular diagnostics company providing next generation products and services for personalized medicine in rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, announced today the appointment of internationally renowned...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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