It’s unclear whether the patients were already predisposed to these diseases, or the infection unmasked a process that had already begun. Or perhaps the infection triggered a completely new illness.
White blood cells dying.
The survival of the human body is a fine balancing act between cell growth and cell death. Understanding our cells’ complex “licence to die” could give us new ways to combat disease.
Children’s early interactions with their environment are essential for the immune systems to learn to differentiate between safe versus dangerous disease-causing microbes.
COVID-19 prevention measures are at odds with guidelines for healthy development of children’s immune systems. The result may be a cluster of youth with more allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease.
The lack of recognition of sex differences in biology and medicine is a huge issue science has only recently begun to rectify.
Antibodies that go rogue and attack healthy tissue identified in patients with severe COVID.
In autoimmune diseases, circulating antibodies destroy an individual’s own tissues.
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Are antibodies that attack a patient’s own organs contributing to severe forms of COVID-19? A new study suggests specific antibody tests that may reveal the answer.
Are patients with severe COVID-19 victims of their own immune response?
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Patients suffering from severe COVID-19 may be experiencing a rogue antibody response similar to that seen in autoimmune diseases. The findings offer new approaches for COVID-19 therapy.
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Obesity in young people today may contribute up to 14% of overall risk of multiple sclerosis in 2035.
We shown how to stop immune cells from attacking the nervous system cells.
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Our research has found a way of switching immune system cells from attacking to protecting.
Some people’s immune systems aren’t able to stop foreign invaders, such as COVID-19, as well as the rest of the population. There are many reasons for this, including illness, medications and age.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition.
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A drug created to target this gene was found to be effective in treating autoimmune conditions like lupus and psoriasis.
A rare type of inflammatory disease that causes repeated bouts of high temperatures can run in families. Here’s what we know so far.
Tens of millions of people worldwide suffer from migraines, according to the World Health Organization.
Many migraine headaches are triggered by certain foods. Recently, a lot of attention has focused on gluten. An expert explains how a piece of bread can cause pain in your head.
Wozniacki struggled with unexplained symptoms before being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.
About one in 100 people have rheumatoid arthritis, a painful condition of the joints where the body mistakenly attacks itself.
Tennis player Venus Williams may have Sjögren’s syndrome but here she was, earlier this year, competing in the Miami Open.
Sjögren’s syndrome has no cure. Here’s how it affects the body and what the future might bring for people with this challenging autoimmune disease.
Who has a stronger immune system?
Women are more prone to immune-related diseases like allergies and irritable bowel syndrome. But this may be due to the fact that they have super-strong immune systems.
People exposed to low levels of sunlight are more likely to have MS than those who live in warm climates.
Young women are disproportionately affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease where the body attacks the brain, scrambling communication to the rest of the body. Here’s what we know about the causes.
You’ve heard of the genome, and possibly the proteome – all the proteins in the human body. But have you heard about the glycome – the collection of sugars – that may hold the key to diagnosing disease?
The diabetes epidemic can be fought through new therapies, prevention programmes and effective junk food legislation.
This African woman suffers from an autoimmune disease called vitiligo which causes the loss of skin pigment.
An autoimmune disease called vitiligo causes white spots to appear on the body, in some cases completely erasing an individual’s pigmentation. But a new therapy is on the horizon.