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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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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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 434 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Serpins as players in autoimmune diseases.
 

Author(s): Mariele Gatto

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Oct;16(10):656.

 

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2014

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Anti-saccharomyces cerevisiae autoantibodies and autoimmune diseases: the sweet and sour of baking yeast.
 

Author(s): Maurizio Rinaldi

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Oct;16(10):616-8.

 

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2014

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CXCR3⁺CCR5⁺ T cells and autoimmune diseases: guilty as charged?
 

Author(s): Charles R Mackay

Journal: J. Clin. Invest.. 2014 Sep;124(9):3682-4.

 

Prior to the 1990s, genetic analyses indicated that many autoimmune diseases are driven by T cell responses; however, the identity of the pathogenic T cell populations responsible for dysfunctional autoimmune responses remained unclear. Some 20 years ago, the discovery of numerous ...

Last Updated: 3 Sep 2014

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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 301 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Imaging B lymphocytes in autoimmune inflammatory diseases.
 

Author(s): V Iodice, B Laganà, C Lauri, G Capriotti, V Germano, R D'Amelio, A Picchianti Diamanti

Journal: Q J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2014 Sep;58(3):258-68.

 

B cells arise from stem cells precursor and develop through a tightly regulated and selective process that lead to the generation of different B cell populations such as transitional, mature, memory and plasma cells. These B cell subsets can be identified using flow cytometry by the ...

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2014

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MicroRNAs in autoimmune diseases.
 

Author(s): Zigang Qu, Wenhui Li, Baoquan Fu

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():527895.

 

Autoimmune diseases (ADs) are featured by body's immune responses being directed towards its own specific target organs or multiple organ systems, causing persistent inflammation and consequent tissue damage. miRNAs are small noncoding RNAs in a size of approximately 22 nt that ...

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2014

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Oxidative post-translational modifications and their involvement in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases.
 

Author(s): Brent J Ryan, Ahuva Nissim, Paul G Winyard

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Tissue inflammation results in the production of numerous reactive oxygen, nitrogen and chlorine species, in addition to the products of lipid and sugar oxidation. Some of these products are capable of chemically modifying amino acids. This in turn results in changes to the structure ...

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Autologous SCT for Progressive Systemic Sclerosis: a Prospective NIS Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Autoimmune Diseases

 

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2014

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Identification of Correlations Between Reaction to Biotine and Autoimmune Diseases
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Autoimmune Disease

 

Last Updated: 3 Sep 2013

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T and B Cell Responses in Autoimmune Diseases
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus; Multiple Sclerosis; Arthritis, Rheumatoid; Crohn's Disease; Psoriasis

 

Last Updated: 30 Dec 2014

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