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For Lupus Patients, Anti-Inflammatory Immune Cells Are Maturing Into Wrong Cell Type

Mar. 8, 2016 — One of the mysteries of lupus is why the immune cells that normally keep inflammation at bay can't seem to do their job. A study now suggests that for people with lupus, the B cells that ... read more

Influenza Viruses Can Hide from the Immune System

Feb. 23, 2016 — Influenza is able to mask itself, so that the virus is not initially detected by our immune system, a new study shows. The researchers behind the study hope that the discovery can be used to develop ... read more

Compound in Green Tea Found to Block Rheumatoid Arthritis

Feb. 16, 2016 — Researchers have identified a potential new approach to combating the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid ... read more

Tailored Acupuncture Lessens Pain Intensity in Chronic Pain (Fibromyalgia)

Feb. 15, 2016 — Nine weekly sessions of individually tailored acupuncture lessen perceived pain intensity, and improve functional capacity and quality of life, in people with the chronic pain condition, ... read more

Gene Signature Could Lead to a New Way of Diagnosing Lyme Disease

Feb. 12, 2016 — Researchers may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne ... read more

Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species That Causes Lyme Disease

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species ... read more

Connective Tissue Disease Increases Risk for Cardiovascular Problems

Feb. 4, 2016 — African-American patients with connective tissue diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely as white patients to suffer from atherosclerotic blood vessels, which increase the ... read more

Why Is Calcific Tendinitis So Painful?

Feb. 3, 2016 — Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, typically characterized by calcium deposits on the rotator cuff, is an extremely painful condition that can severely impair movement and life quality. A new study ... read more

Researchers Discover Ten New Lupus Genes in Asian Population Study

Jan. 25, 2016 — 10 new genes associated with the autoimmune disease lupus have been identified by researchers. One gene in particular, known as GTF2I, showed a high likelihood of being involved in the development of ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Mitochondria could provoke the inflammation characteristic of lupus, an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints, skin, heart and brain. Byproducts of cells' power stations goad certain white ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to new ... read more

Occupational Textile Dust Exposure Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jan. 14, 2016 — Occupational exposure to textile dust is associated with a more than doubling in the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, finds new research. And it is also linked to a heightened risk of genetic ... read more

Diseases That Cause Rashes and Other Skin Problems Also Can Trigger Serious Neurological Conditions

Dec. 15, 2015 — Diseases such as lupus that cause rashes and other skin problems also can trigger migraine headaches, strokes and other serious neurological conditions, according to an ... read more

Dec. 15, 2015 — LupuzorTM may become the first specific and non-immunosuppressant therapy for lupus, a disabling autoimmune disease that is currently incurable. This peptide is the subject of a patent (granted in ... read more

New Blood Test Could Predict Arthritis Risk Early

Dec. 10, 2015 — Testing for antibodies that target citrullinated tenascin-C (cTNC) could diagnose rheumatoid arthritis in around 50 percent of cases, including some cases not identified by current best tests. It ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — Biomedical researchers have suspected that a specific set of immune cells are responsible for causing disease in late-stage lupus patients, but until now they haven’t known for sure. An ... read more

New Strategy Discovered for Treating Arthritis

Nov. 25, 2015 — Arthritis patients could one day benefit from a novel form of medicine, according to researchers. Their early study indicates that arthritic cartilage, previously thought to be impenetrable to ... read more

Tick That Feeds on Birds May Increase the Range of Lyme Disease

Nov. 23, 2015 — A tick that is not known to bite people may play a role in the transmission of Lyme disease, according to a new article. This study adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates that in order to ... read more

Body Mass Index May Be a Key to Achieving Sustained Remission in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

Nov. 8, 2015 — Being overweight or obese can reduce the likelihood of achieving sustained remission of early rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research ... read more

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms Curbed by Bariatric Surgery

Nov. 8, 2015 — Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms were significantly lessened in patients who underwent bariatric -- or weight loss -- surgery, according to researchers. According to the study's ... read more

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