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Trending Stories Report for 23 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: diet supplements and cancer risk (3 days on top 10 list), oral mucositis in cancer treatment, updated breast cancer screening guidelines, climate change, materials science, asthma, mental health and gun violence, genetics and immunology, and multiple sclerosis treatment.

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Missing Genetic Link Found in a Challenging Immune Disease

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In the largest genome-wide analysis of common variable immunodeficiency disorder (CVID), scientists identified a gene that may be a "missing link" between overactive and underactive immune activity.

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Protein Identified That Serves as a “Brake” on Inflammation

Researchers have identified a protein that offers a new focus for developing targeted therapies to tame the severe inflammation associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), colitis and other autoimmune disorders. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists led the study which appears today in the scientific journal Immunity.

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Re-Engineering Lupus Into a Cancer Killer

Researchers from the Yale Cancer Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have devised a way to re-engineer lupus antibodies to turn them into potential cancer killers. Findings from recent research were presented April 21 at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015 Philadelphia.

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Worms and Germs Lead to Better Immune Function

Researchers found enhanced rather than suppressed immune function in animals with increased biodiversity. Publishing online in the April 8, 2015, issue of PLOS ONE, the findings add to the growing understanding of the complex environment in the digestive tract and its role in maintaining health.

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CENTOGENE Revolutionizes the Clinical Interpretation of Rare Disease Genetic Variants

CENTOGENE AG (“CENTOGENE”) announces the launch of the world’s largest genetic mutation database for rare diseases, CentoMD®.

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Newly Enlisted T-Cell ‘Policemen’ Can Slow Down Run-Away Immune System, SLU Scientist Says

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Saint Louis University researcher Daniel Hawiger hopes that these breakthroughs will open the door to design better treatments for autoimmune diseases.

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Profound, Debilitating Fatigue Found to Be a Major Issue for Autoimmune Disease Patients in New National Survey

In a recent survey, AARDA has found that fatigue is a major component of autoimmune disease.

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New Antibody Therapy Dramatically Improves Psoriasis Symptoms in Clinical Trial

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Many patients suffering from psoriasis showed significant recovery after just a single dose of an experimental treatment with a human antibody that blocks an immune signaling protein crucial to the disease, researchers report. By the end of the trial, conducted at Rockefeller University and seven other centers, nearly all of the 31 patients to receive treatment saw dramatic, if not complete, improvement in their symptoms.

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AARDA to Host Summit During National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month (March)

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association Inc. (AARDA) will host The State of Autoimmune Disease: A National Summit at the National Press Club on Monday, March 23, 2015.