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One Lupus Patient's Extraordinary Recovery

Doctors at Loyola University Medical Center say Lauren Bank suffered one of the worst lupus attacks they had ever seen. Virtually every organ in her body was under attack. But she made an extraordinary recovery, and now is in remission.

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Hospital for Special Surgery Researchers Identify New Cell Signaling Pathway Thought to Play Role in Rheumatoid Arthritis

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery identifies a new cell signaling pathway that contributes to the development and progression of inflammatory bone erosion, which occurs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The study was published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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GW Researchers Organize Meeting at NIH on Higher Research Standards for Myasthenia Gravis

On Sept. 24-25, George Washington University expert Linda Kusner, Ph.D., organized a meeting of myasthenia gravis experts from across the globe at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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Blood Test Helps Predict Relapse in Patients with Autoimmune Disease Affecting the Kidneys

• Among patients with an autoimmune disease called ANCA-associated vasculitis, autoantibody increases were linked with an 11-fold increased risk of relapse in patients whose kidneys were affected. • Among patients without kidney involvement, such increases were associated only weakly with relapses.

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Genetic Defect Links Rare Infections to Autoimmune Diseases

A team led by researchers at The Rockefeller University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has explained the function of key immune protein and solved an international medical mystery, according to a letter published this week in the journal Nature.

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Guideline Offers Direction in Genetic Testing for Certain Types of Muscular Dystrophy

A new guideline recommends guidance on how doctors should evaluate the full picture in order to determine what genetic tests may best diagnose a person’s subtype of limb-girdle or distal muscular dystrophy.

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Single Gene Links Susceptibility to Rare Infections with Predisposition to Autoimmune Disease

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The mutations were familiar, but the patients’ conditions seemed baffling at first. A team lead by Rockefeller University researchers had linked variations in an immune gene to rare bacterial infections. Shortly afterward, Chinese scientists told them of three children in that country with mutated versions of the same gene. However, the Chinese children had no history of the severe bacterial infections. Instead, they had seizures and unusual calcium deposits deep in their brains.

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Efficacy of Potential Therapy for Autoimmune Disorder of Muscle Weakness

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Researchers have made a fast-acting “vaccine” that can reverse the course of myasthenia gravis, a non-inherited autoimmune form of muscle weakness, in an animal model of the disease.

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Cells From Placentas Safe for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) were able to safely tolerate treatment with cells cultured from human placental tissue, according to a study published today in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

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Math Model Designed to Replace Invasive Kidney Biopsy for Lupus Patients

Mathematics might be able to reduce the need for invasive biopsies in patients suffering kidney damage related to the autoimmune disease lupus.

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