A research team from Johns Hopkins University in the USA have recreated human brain-microvessels within the lab. This is important as replicating brain-microvessels and the blood-brain barrier is crucial to studying both healthy function of brain blood vessels and the function and mechanisms of this in disease. Multiple diseases affect the blood vessels of the… Read more

Heart disease is still a huge global health burden and remains America’s leading cause of death. Recent figures from the World Health Organisation estimate at least 17.7 million global deaths from heart disease in 2015 alone. Consequently, there is a great demand for cutting edge research into how to treat heart conditions. One exciting development… Read more

By definition, Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease pertains to a systemic autoimmune disorder that does not meet the criteria of most connective tissue disorders. This disorder does not fall under any of the most common connective tissue disorders hence its name Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disorder.

Normally, the immune system serves as the body’s protection against bacteria and other harmful organisms. In an autoimmune disease as in the case of Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease, the immune system functions abnormally. Instead of providing protection, it attacks itself specifically the various connective tissues of the body.

Examples of connective tissues are the muscles, joints, skin, and cartilage. These are the common sites of attack by connective tissue disorders. But there are times though that complications may arise that involve other parts of the body like the lungs, heart, eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, bone marrow and nervous system.