Researchers led by the University of Bonn have discovered a completely new function of the protein CCL17 – it influences signal transmission in the brain. There may even be a molecular link to autism. The chemotactic protein CCL17 attracts immune cells to where they are needed. Doctors have long known that a high level of… Read more

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to suffer from a food allergy than children who do not have ASD, a new study from the University of Iowa indicates. The finding adds to a growing body of research that suggests immunological dysfunction as a possible risk factor for the development… Read more

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People with celiac disease are unable to tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods, but may also be found in products which are used every day, including stamp and envelope adhesive, medicines, and vitamins.

Because the body’s own immune system causes the damage, celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disorder. It is also classified as a disease of malabsorption because the nutrients are not absorbed. Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, and gluten sensitive enteropathy.

Autoimmune Syndromes

More than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema have been identified in a major new international study. Dr Manuel Ferreira, who led the work, said this was the first study designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three most common… Read more

Combining the tetanus vaccine with a viral particle that normally affects cucumbers can be used to treat psoriasis and allergies, and may even protect against Alzheimer’s disease, research from the Universities of Dundee and Oxford has demonstrated. The vaccine showed positive results in models of psoriasis and cat allergy and was shown to raise antibody… Read more