Articles on Autoimmune diseases

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Who has a stronger immune system? Undrey/Shutterstock.com

Who’s stronger? An immunological battle of the sexes

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. chuttersnap

What causes multiple sclerosis? What we know, don’t know and suspect

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.
This African woman suffers from an autoimmune disease called vitiligo which causes the loss of skin pigment. By andreonegin/shutterstock.com

New treatment in the works for disfiguring skin disease, vitiligo

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.
Most people know what causes their back pain, but unexplained back pain could have a more sinister cause. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Unexplained lower back pain? It could be ankylosing spondylitis

Roughly a quarter of patients under 45 years suffering ongoing lower-back pain without an obvious other cause will have the disease ankylosing spondylitis.
Mad Men actor Jon Hamm claims to be diagnosed with the skin condition vitiligo – but what is it, exactly? EPA/Gus Ruelas

Explainer: what is vitiligo?

Vitiligo, a human skin condition that turns patches of skin and hair white, it is not a disease we hear much about, although it affects approximately 1% of the population. Most famously, Michael Jackson…

Fourfold increase in UK coeliac diagnosis

The UK has seen a fourfold increase in the rate of diagnosed cases of coeliac disease in the past 20 years, but three quarters…
Luckily, gluten-free diets don’t end here. Lettuce leaf by Shutterstock

Explainer: what is gluten intolerance?

Gluten intolerance covers a range of gut problems caused by ingesting proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and in some cases, oats. The three main groups affected are those with a direct sensitivity to…
The more the merrier. NIAID

Education, breastfeeding and gender affect the microbes on our bodies

Trillions of microbes live in and on our body. We don’t yet fully understand how these microbial ecosystems develop or the full extent to which they influence our health. Some provide essential nutrients…

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