‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

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The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. A T-cell (orange) on the attack, Credit: SPL US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people. Experts said the treatment, published in […]

Possible psoriasis drug target identified

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Researchers have discovered a protein involved in psoriasis, a highly common skin disease, opening up new potentials for therapy. Psoriasis is one of the most common human skin diseases. People with severe cases sometimes resort to immunosuppressive treatment to quell the skin scaling, itching and joint arthritis that are hallmarks of the disorder. But long-term […]

Novel blood test could diagnose diseases with no known antigens

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It may one day be possible to identify cancer, autoimmune diseases, and a wealth of other conditions from a single drop of blood, after a team from the University of Pittsburgh reveals the creation of a test that holds promise for such a feat. Researchers have created a blood test that they say could diagnose […]

New treatment can ‘halt’ multiple sclerosis, says study

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Aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), a small study has suggested. MS causes the body’s own immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord, Credit: Thinkstock The research, published in The Lancet, looked at 24 patients aged between 18 […]

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Pancreas Cell Transplants Help Diabetes: Study

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Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval. These transplants are used in some countries but in the U.S. they’re available only through research […]

Steering stem cell trafficking into pancreas reverses Type 1 Diabetes

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Researchers develop ‘GPS’ method to guide mesenchymal stem cells to inflammatory sites Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) studying mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) — a cell type useful in treating immune-related diseases — have uncovered a way to enhance and prolong the cells’ therapeutic effects in a preclinical model of type 1 diabetes. […]