Autoimmune Diseases

Common Name(s)

Autoimmune Diseases

An autoimmune disease is a disorder in which the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. There are over 80 different types of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases may result in fatigue, fever, destruction of one or more body tissues, abnormal growth of an organ, and changes in organ function. Several tests can be used to diagnose autoimmune diseases, including: antinuclear antibody tests, autoantibody tests, CBC, and C-reactive protein tests. Treatment typically involves medicine to control or reduce the immune systems response (meaning that the body will stop attacking itself). Other treatment varies based on the type of disease, for example, if the autoimmune disease affects your blood, you may need a blood transfusion, or you may need hormone supplements if your body is lacking hormones as a result of the disease.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Autoimmune Diseases" for support, advocacy or research.

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is the nation's only organization dedicated to bringing a national focus to autoimmunity as a category of disease and a major women's health issue and to promoting a collaborative research effort in order to find better treatments and a cure for all autoimmune diseases.

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2014

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APS Foundation of America, Inc.

The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, public awareness, research and patient services in an effective and ethical manner.

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness advances widespread understanding of celiac disease as a serious genetic autoimmune condition and works to secure early diagnosis and effective management. We empower our community to live life to the fullest, and serve as a leading and trusted resource that inspires hope, accelerates innovation and forges pathways to a cure.

Last Updated: 19 May 2015

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Autoimmune Diseases" for support, advocacy or research.

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is the nation's only organization dedicated to bringing a national focus to autoimmunity as a category of disease and a major women's health issue and to promoting a collaborative research effort in order to find better treatments and a cure for all autoimmune diseases.

http://www.aarda.org

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2014

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APS Foundation of America, Inc.

The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, public awareness, research and patient services in an effective and ethical manner.

http://www.apsfa.org

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

http://www.agmd-gimotility.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

http://www.sclero.org/

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness advances widespread understanding of celiac disease as a serious genetic autoimmune condition and works to secure early diagnosis and effective management. We empower our community to live life to the fullest, and serve as a leading and trusted resource that inspires hope, accelerates innovation and forges pathways to a cure.

http://www.CeliacCentral.org

Last Updated: 19 May 2015

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General Resources

APS Foundation of America, Inc Fan Page

The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is the leading United States nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing national awareness to Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS).

Updated 13 Nov 2012

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Blogs

APS Friends & Support Forum

Are you looking for Support for Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, APS, APLS, APLA, Hughes Syndrome, or Sticky Blood? Well you've come to the right place! This is an private forum for people who have Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, friends, fam

Updated 13 Nov 2012

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Autoimmune Diseases" returned 572 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Association between Thiopurine S-Methyltransferase Polymorphisms and Azathioprine-Induced Adverse Drug Reactions in Patients with Autoimmune Diseases: A Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Yue-Ping Liu, Han-Qing Xu, Ming Li, Xiang Yang, Shu Yu, Wei-Ling Fu, Qing Huang

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Azathioprine (AZA) is widely used as an immunosuppressive drug in autoimmune diseases, but its use is limited by significant adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) is an important enzyme involved in AZA metabolism. Several clinical guidelines recommend ...

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2015

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Manipulating IL-2 and IL-2R in autoimmune diseases and transplantation.
 

Author(s): Mei Zhang, Qizhi Tang

Journal: Immunotherapy. 2015 ;7(12):1231-4.

 

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2015

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Gene Expression Profiles from Disease Discordant Twins Suggest Shared Antiviral Pathways and Viral Exposures among Multiple Systemic Autoimmune Diseases.
 

Author(s): Lu Gan, Terrance P O'Hanlon, Zhennan Lai, Rick Fannin, Melodie L Weller, Lisa G Rider, John A Chiorini, Frederick W Miller

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Viral agents are of interest as possible autoimmune triggers due to prior reported associations and widely studied molecular mechanisms of antiviral immune responses in autoimmunity. Here we examined new viral candidates for the initiation and/or promotion of systemic autoimmune diseases ...

Last Updated: 11 Nov 2015

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Autoimmune Diseases" returned 382 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Management of Gender-Related Problems in Women with Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases.
 

Author(s): MarĂ­lia Rodrigues, Laura Andreoli, Angela Tincani

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. ;18(3-4):183-7.

 

Autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARD) affect mainly young women during their reproductive years. Fertility is usually not diminished but the time it takes to conceive is usually longer. Factors related to an ARD or to its treatment are responsible for this effect. In addition, contraception ...

Last Updated: 27 May 2016

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Autoimmune diseases - connecting risk alleles with molecular traits of the immune system.
 

Author(s): Maria Gutierrez-Arcelus, Stephen S Rich, Soumya Raychaudhuri

Journal: Nat. Rev. Genet.. 2016 Mar;17(3):160-74.

 

Genome-wide strategies have driven the discovery of more than 300 susceptibility loci for autoimmune diseases. However, for almost all loci, understanding of the mechanisms leading to autoimmunity remains limited, and most variants that are likely to be causal are in non-coding regions ...

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2016

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Type I/II cytokines, JAKs, and new strategies for treating autoimmune diseases.
 

Author(s): Daniella M Schwartz, Michael Bonelli, Massimo Gadina, John J O'Shea

Journal: Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2016 Jan;12(1):25-36.

 

Cytokines are major drivers of autoimmunity, and biologic agents targeting cytokines have revolutionized the treatment of immune-mediated diseases. Despite the effectiveness of these drugs, they do not induce complete remission in all patients, prompting the development of alternative ...

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2015

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Transcriptome Analysis of the Peripheral Blood in CIDP
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy; Autoimmune Diseases; Clarkson Syndrome; Muscular Autoimmune Disorders

 

Last Updated: 9 May 2016

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Study to Assess the Safety and Effects of Autologous Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells Delivered Into Patients With Multiple Sclerosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Multiple Sclerosis; Autoimmune Diseases; Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System; Nervous System Diseases

 

Last Updated: 5 Apr 2016

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EBMT ADWP Prospective Non Interventional Study : AutoHSCT in SSc Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Autoimmune Diseases

 

Last Updated: 7 Aug 2015

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