autoimmune diseases

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new method to separate between two different types of a common herpes virus (HHV-6) that has been linked to multiple sclerosis. “This is a big breakthrough for both the MS and herpes virus research. For one, it supports the theory that HHV-6A could be a contributing factor to… Read more

The presence of cellular features consistent with an immune response targeting specialized brain cells in more than two thirds of autistic brains analyzed postmortem is reported in a new paper[1]. These cellular characteristics — not previously observed in autism — lend critical new insight into autism’s origins and could pave the way to improved diagnosis… Read more

Sjögren’s syndrome hit the headlines when US tennis player Venus Williams declared she was suffering from it. What is Sjögren’s syndrome? How do you pronounce it anyway? And is there a cure? What Is It? Sjögren’s syndrome, pronounced “Showgren’s syndrome”, is what doctors call a chronic systemic autoimmune disease. It’s when the body’s immune system… Read more

There are about 100 trillion cells that make up the human body. A new megascience endeavor will catalog and image each of the 200 or more types of cells from the 80 known organs and identify the genes that are active in these cells. This new effort follows on the heels of the Human Genome… Read more

In multiple sclerosis it is not only specific T cells that cause inflammation and lesions in the brain, according to a team of researchers from the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich. B cells, a different type of immune cell, also play a role. These cells activate T cells in the blood. The… Read more