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2012-03-21 10:24:19

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lupus Research Institute Coalition of patient advocacy groups throughout the country were out in force on Capitol Hill yesterday to bring critical issues affecting the 1.5 million lupus patients nationwide to the attention of Congressional leaders. Stressing the need for increased public and professional education on lupus was validated by findings of a new survey released Tuesday showing a communication gap between patients and those...

2012-03-20 06:26:22

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, March 20, Human Genome Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline released the results of a new survey highlighting a communication gap between people with lupus and the people who care for and about them. The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandra C. Raymond, issued the following statement regarding the survey results: "Lupus is an unpredictable and incredibly complex disease that can impact every...

2012-03-20 09:30:29

Patient biopsies reveal potential new target for therapy A genetic pathway previously known for its role in embryonic development and cancer has been identified as a target for systemic sclerosis, or scleroderma, therapy. The finding, discovered by a cross-disciplinary team led by John Varga, MD, John and Nancy Hughes Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, was recently published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. "We...

2012-03-20 02:24:49

Actress Kellie Martin Invites People to "Link Together" and "Walk for a Cure" DETROIT, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 50 million Americans who suffer from autoimmune disease now have the opportunity to get involved and find a cure through the first-ever national "Autoimmune Walk: Linking Together for a Cure" campaign sponsored by the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120320/DC72845) Actress Kellie...

2012-03-19 04:55:28

Sanford-Burnham study shows how the breakup of 2 proteins interferes with the immune system and demonstrates that inhibiting 1 of the errant proteins restores proper function Autoimmune diseases, such as Type I diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are caused by an immune system gone haywire, where the body's defense system assaults and destroys healthy tissues. A mutant form of a protein called LYP has been implicated in multiple autoimmune diseases, but the precise molecular pathway...

2012-03-14 20:48:18

Researchers identify 190 genes crucial to the function of TLR7 and TLR9, cellular sensors that recognize pathogens and trigger immune responses -- providing insights that could be exploited to develop new therapies for infectious and autoimmune diseases In a healthy immune system, invading pathogens trigger a cascade of alerts and responses to fight off the infection. Sensors called toll-like receptors, or TLRs, act as one of the first lines of defense. Two of these sensors, known as TLR7...

2012-03-14 13:52:39

Model may allow development of individualized immunotherapies against cancer and infection Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) scientists have developed a way to recreate an individual's immune system in a mouse. The "personalized immune mouse" offers researchers an unprecedented tool for individualized analysis of abnormalities that contribute to type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, starting at the onset of disease. The findings were published today in the online edition...

2012-03-06 14:05:03

A new study provides evidence that a critical type of immune cell can develop in human tonsils. The cells, called T lymphocytes, or T cells, have been thought to develop only in the thymus, an organ of the immune system that sits on the heart. The study, led by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC — James), could improve the understanding of T-cell cancers and...

2012-03-06 10:34:04

Understanding why immune cells, called T-cells, attack the body is vital in the war against autoimmune diseases like diabetes. University of Alberta researcher Troy Baldwin is a step closer to understanding why the body's T-cells sometimes attack healthy cells causing autoimmune diseases. Baldwin and graduate student Alex Suen looked at a specific molecule, Bim, which is vital in regulating T-cell death. When they removed Bim they found that the autoreactive T-cells, which are normally...

2012-03-05 07:00:00

HAYWARD, Calif., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANTH), a biopharmaceutical company developing drugs to treat serious diseases including cardiovascular and autoimmune disorders, today announced the continuation of the Phase 2b PEARL-SC clinical study following an interim analysis of all safety and efficacy data. As part of the ongoing safety monitoring of the PEARL-SC clinical study, the Company's Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) met for the fourth...