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.
Women’s immune systems mount a significantly stronger response against invaders.
Women have evolved to have stronger immunity than men. But this comes with downsides -
women are more likely to have autoimmune diseases due to their "reactive" immune systems.
Alopecia areata is the most common autoimmune disease you’ve probably never heard of.
Hair loss from alopecia areata can be embarrassing and distressing for people of all ages. But new treatments are being trialled.
A woman with MS leaves a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois.
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There are many anecdotal reports indicating cannabis' beneficial effects for treating MS symptoms, but research with cannabis is difficult to do.
Bathing in the Dead Sea has long been used to treat psoriasis.
Seawater has been used to treat skin problems, sinuses and mental health issues for centuries. And the evidence largely stacks up.
Multiple sclerosis involves the central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord.
Fingolimod is a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease. It is an immunomodulator, which means it works by suppressing the immune system.
Most people know what causes their back pain, but unexplained back pain could have a more sinister cause.
Roughly a quarter of patients under 45 years suffering ongoing lower-back pain without an obvious other cause will have the disease ankylosing spondylitis.
Research suggests that sunlight may have benefits that we have not yet discovered.
Summer sunshine makes most of us feel better, but there may be more to the benefits than just feeling good.
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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.
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The more the merrier.
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…