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UAB Research Probes Molecular Basis of Rare Genetic Disorder

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The mutation and its functional effects that cause the genetic disorder Singleton-Merten Syndrome (SMS) has been described for the first time, by an international research team. SMS is now recognized as an autoimmune disorder.

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Tumor Suppressor Protein Plays Key Role in Maintaining Immune Balance

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered that a protein widely known for suppressing tumor formation also helps prevent autoimmune diseases and other problems by putting the brakes on the immune response. The research was published recently online ahead of print in the scientific journal Nature Immunology.

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Video Game Technology Helps Measure Upper Extremity Movement in Patients with Muscular Dystrophy

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Researchers have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using wheelchairs.

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Beer and Bread Yeast-Eating Bacteria Aid Human Health

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Learning how good bacteria in the gut feast on complex carbohydrates could end your break up with bread.

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Targeting Fatty Acids May Be Treatment Strategy for Arthritis, Leukemia

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Enzymes linked to diabetes and obesity appear to play key roles in arthritis and leukemia, potentially opening up new avenues for treating these diverse diseases, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Can Exercise Help People with Parkinson’s Disease?

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Exercise may help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their balance, ability to move around and quality of life, even if it does not reduce their risk of falling, according to a new study published in the December 31, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Scientists at UT Southwestern, Karolinska Institutet Identify New and Beneficial Function of Endogenous Retroviruses in Immune Response

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Researchers at UT Southwestern and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, found that endogenous retroviruses (ERV) play a critical role in the body’s immune defense against common bacterial and viral pathogens.

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Breakthrough Discovery by NUS Researchers Contributes Towards Future Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Inflammation

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A multi-disciplinary research team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has made a breakthrough discovery of a new type of immune cells that may help in the development of a future treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Researchers Tease Out Glitches in Immune System’s Self-Recognition

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Fast facts: • In order to distinguish self from other, the immune system processes proteins from inside and outside the body in different ways. • A new study revises understanding of how the process works and sheds light on autoimmune disease.

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Study Shows Rheumatoid Arthritis Support and Education Program Has Strong Positive Impact

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The Early RA Support and Education program at Hospital for Special Surgery addresses the needs of people with rheumatoid arthritis. After participating in the free program, based on patient-identified outcomes, 90 percent of participants said they could make informed decisions about their RA.