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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.

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American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association’s Statement on FDA’s Approval of First U.S. Biosimilar Drug

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), a national nonprofit health organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autoimmune diseases, today released a statement concerning the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of filgrastim, the first biosimilar product approved in the United States.

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Can Coffee Reduce Your Risk of MS?

Drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015.

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First “Humanized” Mouse Model of Sjögren’s Syndrome Opens Door to Study Other Autoimmune Diseases

Despite the prevalence of Sjögren’s syndrome – an autoimmune disease most commonly known for causing dry eyes and mouth - a lack of knowledge about how the condition starts has stalled the development of new treatments. Researchers have now developed a specialized animal model of Sjögren’s that engrafts human cells into mice, allowing scientists to track various factors that affect disease development and discover potential new therapies.

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Exposure to Mercury, Seafood Associated with Risk Factor for Autoimmune Disease

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Mercury in seafood – even at low levels generally considered safe – was associated with disease risk factor.

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Signaling Pathway Helps Protect Healthy Tissue From Overly Active Immune Responses

• Researchers have shown that the messenger protein IL-6, which is rapidly produced at high levels during an acute inflammatory form of kidney disease, potently dampens activation of tissue-destructive immune cells called macrophages. • The findings may have broad clinical implications because elevated IL-6 is observed in many different inflammatory diseases, and macrophages are often crucially involved in their pathogenesis.

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Seeing the Knee in a New Light: Fluorescent Probe Tracks Osteoarthritis Development

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A harmless fluorescent probe injected into a joint may make it easier to diagnose and monitor osteoarthritis, leading to better patient care. A new study led by biomedical researchers at Tufts University reports that such a probe successfully tracked the development of early to moderate osteoarthritis in male mice.