Being good at mathematics is linked to better financial and medical outcomes – unless you don’t have confidence in your own abilities with numbers, new research suggests[1]. In two separate studies, researchers found that the key to success in personal finances and dealing with a complex disease was a match between a person’s math abilities… Read more

The loss of a protein called Bim in macrophages leads to the development of lupus-like disease in mice, Northwestern Medicine scientists have shown. The finding suggests that Bim may be a novel therapeutic target for lupus in humans. “Our study is the first to suggest an essential role for Bim in monocytes and macrophages in… Read more

A trigger for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis has been identified in a new study. The findings help explain why women suffer autoimmune disease more frequently than men, and suggest a therapeutic target to prevent autoimmune disease in humans. Kira Rubtsova, PhD, an instructor in biomedical science at National Jewish… Read more

It is always exciting when a new study opens up a whole new way of thinking about a scientific problem. This is especially true if the problem is a health condition that is both poorly understood and incurable. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue –… Read more

A molecule that appears to be a cause of autoimmune diseases such as lupus has been identified by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Elevated levels of the molecule allow self-reactive immune cells to escape into the blood stream and attack the body’s own tissues. Said TSRI Associate Professor Changchun Xiao, who was co-senior… Read more