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Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests. Comparing more than 106,000 people who had stress disorders with more than 1 million people without them, researchers found that stress was tied to a 36 percent greater risk of developing 41 autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease ...

First Drug, Nucala (Mepolizumab), Approved for Rare Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Nucala (mepolizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first remedy to treat adults with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis, a rare autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation of the blood vessels. Other symptoms of the condition, formerly called Churg-Stress syndrome, include asthma and an overabundance of an ...

Controversial MS Treatment Seems Ineffective

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – An invasive multiple sclerosis treatment called liberation therapy is not only costly, it's also ineffective, new research contends. Since 2009, thousands of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients have undergone the controversial treatment. Liberation therapy involves opening up narrowed veins from the brain and spinal cord. However, many specialists have had doubts about ...

U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – Roll up your sleeves, America. A national advisory panel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 2017 advisory for recommended shots affecting adults. This year's advisory revises guidance on seasonal flu shots by eliminating nasal flu vaccines and modifying flu-shot advice for people with egg allergy. It also tweaks recommendations for ...

Nearly 3 Percent of U.S. Adults Have Weakened Immunity: Study

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 – A new study reports that about 3 percent of people surveyed in the United States have a suppressed, or weakened, immune system. The statistics offer insight into the number of Americans who have immunity-suppressing conditions such as AIDS or take drugs that treat autoimmune disorders by weakening the immune system, the researchers said. The researchers believe these ...

Gene Therapy May Offer Hope for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – A new gene therapy shows preliminary promise against so-called "Bubble Boy" disease, researchers report. A small, early-stage trial assessed the safety and effectiveness of the gene therapy in five patients with Bubble Boy disease, formally known as severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). Previous bone marrow transplants had failed to correct their immune ...

Genetic Abnormality May Explain Health Complications of Down Syndrome

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – People with Down syndrome have long been known to face a higher risk for a range of other illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and immune disorders. Now, a new study has honed in on a possible cause: too much of a specific gene that disturbs the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is involved in basic organ-related activities. These activities ...

Childhood Cancer Tied to Raised Risk for Other Ills in Adult Life

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Childhood cancer survivors are at increased risk for diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests. "Cure is no longer a sufficient goal in childhood cancer care," the researchers wrote. "As the vast majority of these patients survive, attention must be paid to their long-term quality of life and health challenges." In the study, the investigators ...

Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Immune Disorder

Posted 22 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 – Gene therapy may benefit children and teens with a rare immune disorder called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a small study finds. The disorder – characterized by low blood platelet count, eczema and recurring infections – is caused by mutations in what's known as the WAS gene. People with the disorder generally die by their 20s or 30s. Blood stem cell transplants from ...

Remote Amazon Tribe Members Have Greater Germ Diversity in Their Bodies

Posted 17 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 – In a discovery that could eventually shed light on some diseases that plague modern society, a tribe in a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Venezuela appears to have the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria ever found. The study suggests that modern living has decreased the diversity of the typical Westerner's "microbiome" – the trillions of bacteria and other ...

Mouse Study Suggests Immune Disorder May Play Role in Alzheimer's

Posted 14 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 – An immune system disorder may play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, research in mice suggests. Duke University researchers found that in a mouse model of Alzheimer's, something goes wrong with certain immune cells that normally protect the brain, and the cells start to consume an important nutrient called arginine. In mice, treatment with a drug called ...

'Ground Zero' Workers at Risk of Autoimmune Diseases: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – Recovery workers who toiled at the World Trade Center disaster site may face a heightened risk of rheumatoid arthritis and similar autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests. The findings, reported online March 16 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, add to the list of potential health effects seen among responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City. ...

Mercury in Seafood May Raise Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Women: Study

Posted 10 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – The mercury found in some seafood may be linked to autoimmune disorders among women of childbearing age, new research suggests. Autoimmune diseases develop when the body's immune response goes awry and starts to attack healthy cells. Such diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and "Sjogren's syndrome." All told, these ...

'Bubble Boy' Disease May Be More Common Than Thought

Posted 20 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 – A rare birth disorder that dismantles a baby's immune system is twice as common as once believed, a new study of more than 3 million infants says. This is the first evaluation of the effect of screening newborns for the life-threatening but treatable condition known as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), or "Bubble Boy" disease, the researchers noted. "People were ...

Mouse Study May Explain Link Between Clogged Arteries, Immune Dysfunction

Posted 9 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 – New research in mice suggests that a molecule linked to clogged arteries might activate the immune system to the point where it harms the body. The findings may explain why clogged arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis, have been tied to autoimmune disorders, which develop when the immune system goes awry. "The lesson from this study is that immune diseases are ...

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