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  What is Autoimmunity?: Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Disease Research Center
Autoimmune diseases are, thus, defined when the progression from benign autoimmunity to pathogenic autoimmunity occurs.
Autoimmune diseases are among the ten leading causes of death among women in all age groups up to 65.
Autoimmune diseases of the blood, for example, are treated by hematologists, those of the nervous system by neurologists, those of the endocrine system by endocrinologists and those of the joints and muscles by rheumatologists.
autoimmune.pathology.jhmi.edu /whatisautoimmunity.html   (974 words)

The development of an autoimmune disease may be influenced by the genes a person inherits together with the way the person's immune system responds to certain triggers or environmental influences.
Autoimmune diseases are often chronic, requiring lifelong care and monitoring, even when the person may look or feel well.
Autoimmune thyroid diseases afflict as many as 4 out of 100 women and are frequently found in families where there are other autoimmune diseases.
aces_autoimmune.tripod.com /autoimmune.htm   (3383 words)

 Autoimmune Disorders | AHealthyMe.com
Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which a person's immune system attacks the body's own cells, causing tissue destruction.
Autoimmunity is accepted as the cause of a wide range of disorders, and it is suspected to be responsible for many more.
Autoimmune diseases are classified as either general, in which the autoimmune reaction takes place simultaneously in a number of tissues, or organ specific, in which the autoimmune reaction targets a single organ.
www.ahealthyme.com /topic/autoimmune   (2177 words)

 Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases are currently ranked as the third biggest disease category in the US behind heart disease and cancer.
Autoimmune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ATP) ITP was the first disease to be approved by FDA for treatment with IVIg.
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia--A condition in which immune system proteins attack the red blood cells, resulting in fewer of these oxygen-transporting cells.
www.cidpusa.org /disease.html   (4790 words)

 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis triggers the body to attack its liver cells, as if the liver cells were harmful foreign bodies.
Autoimmune hepatitis is associated with other autoimmune illnesses, including thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid), diabetes mellitus, and ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the intestines).
Subsets of autoimmune hepatitis patients are infected with HCV and evidence suggests that HCV is a causative agent of antithyroid antibodies and autoimmune thyroid disease.
www.hcvets.com /data/hcv_liver/autoimmune.htm   (2098 words)

 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Although the disease is chronic, many patients with autoimmune hepatitis present acutely ill with jaundice, fever and sometimes symptoms of severe hepatic dysfunction, a picture that resembles acute hepatitis.
Autoimmune hepatitis usually occurs in women (70 %) between the ages of 15 and 40.
Autoimmune hepatitis should be suspected in any young patient with hepatitis, especially those without risk factors for alcoholic, drug, metabolic or viral etiologies.
cpmcnet.columbia.edu /dept/gi/autoimmune.html   (548 words)

 Autoimmune Diseases
Because all autoimmune diseases have the same root cause, it is common to have symptoms from more than then just one disease.
Autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases were finally accepted by most doctors in the 1950s and 1960s.
However, in all autoimmune diseases, the underlying problem is similar--the body's immune system becomes misdirected and unbalanced, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect.
www.mylupusstory.com /autoimmune.html   (1602 words)

 Autoimmune Liver Disease
Autoimmune hepatitis is a clinical and laboratory diagnosis that indicates one's immune system is inappropriately attacking liver cells, including bile duct cells.
There are subtypes of autoimmune hepatitis that physicians at California Pacific use to assess the status of the disease.
Autoimmune cholangiopathy: a disease suspected to represent an overlap between autoimmune hepatitis, sclerosing cholangitis and primary biliary cirrhosis.
www.cpmc.org /advanced/liver/patients/topics/hep_autoimmune.html   (703 words)

 AllRefer Health - Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune disorders occur when the normal control process is disrupted.
Autoimmune disorders result in destruction of one or more types of body tissues, abnormal growth of an organ, or changes in organ function.
Organs and tissues commonly affected by autoimmune disorders include blood components such as red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissues, endocrine glands such as the thyroid or pancreas, muscles, joints, and skin.
health.allrefer.com /health/autoimmune-disorders-info.html   (558 words)

 Autoimmune - Overactive Immune System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Autoimmunity can be caused by defects in almost any part of the immune process….
The material on this web site including autoimmune diseases is offered to you for informational purposes only and is not meant to be interpreted as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any autoimmune disorder.
Autoimmune diseases are the fourth leading cause of disability among women.
www.homestead.com /immunedisorders/autoimmune.html   (1563 words)

 Autoimmune Disorders
The cause of autoimmune diseases is unknown, but it appears that there is an inherited predisposition to develop autoimmune disease in many cases.
In a few types of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatic fever), a bacteria or virus triggers an immune response, and the antibodies or T-cells attack normal cells because they have some part of their structure that resembles a part of the structure of the infecting germ.
Autoimmune disorders fall into two general types: those that damage many organs (systemic autoimmune diseases), and those where only a single organ or tissue is directly damaged by the autoimmune process (localized).
www.labtestsonline.org /understanding/conditions/autoimmune.html   (632 words)

 HON Allergy Glossary Autoimmunity
A process in which the body's immune system causes illness by mistakenly attacking healthy cells, organs, or tissues in the body that are essential to good health.
Multiple sclerosis is believed to be an autoimmune disease, along with systematic lupus erythematosus, juvenile diabetes, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, Graves disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
However, in the case of autoimmune diseases, inflammation may be chronic causing tissue damage.
www.hon.ch /Library/Theme/Allergy/Glossary/autoimmunity.html   (135 words)

 Autoimmune Illness Research
Autoimmune and Degenerative Diseases are complex, multiorgan diseases of unknown etiology.
Although we do not know exactly what causes Autoimmune and Degenerative Diseases, there is increasing evidence that in many patients chronic infections, particularly by certain bacteria and viruses, play an important role in these diseases along with genetic predisposition and immune dysfunction.
Autoimmune Neurological and Rheumatic Diseases: Role of Chronic Infections in Morbitity and Progression by Garth Nicolson and Nancy Nicolson, Proc.
www.immed.org /illness/autoimmune_illness_research.html   (802 words)

 Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In medicine, autoimmune polyendocrine syndromes are a heterogeneous group of rare diseases characterised by autoimmune activity against more than one endocrine organs, although non-endocrine organs can be affected.
There are three "autoimmune polyendocrine syndromes", and a number of other diseases which have endocrine autoimmunity as one of their features.
Autoimmune dysfunction of the parathyroid gland (leading to hypocalcemia) and the adrenal gland (Addison's disease: hypoglycemia, hypotension and severe reactions in disease).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Autoimmune_polyendocrinopathy   (444 words)

 Autoimmune Diseases:
Scientists searching for ways to prevent and treat autoimmune disease are studying disease pathogenesis and investigating new ways to modify the immune system.
In addition, studies of a specific autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis can provide new and additional insights into the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases affecting other organ systems.
Therefore, NIAID also supports studies on specific autoimmune diseases in cooperation with other Institutes of the National Institutes of Health that focus on organ-specific autoimmune diseases.
www.geocities.com /madelinefelkins/autoimmune.htm   (4413 words)

 Some Examples of Autoimmune Processes
Cold agglutinin disease is an acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemia due to an IgM autoantibody usually directed against the I antigen on red blood cells.
Chronic active hepatitis (CAH), or autoimmune hepatitis, is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the liver.
Autoimmune Addison's disease is an uncommon autoimmune disease, characterized by chronic and insufficient functioning of the outer layer of the adrenal gland.
www.valdezlink.com /pages/autoimmune.htm   (3931 words)

 Autoimmune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With autoimmune diseases this system malfunctions, and antibodies are also formed against normal parts of the animal's own body, and these tissues are gradually destroyed.
I have summarized some of the factors associated with autoimmune diseases in the table accompanying this article, which is a modification of one accompanying Dr. Dodds' papers from the American Animal Hospital Association's 56th meeting, held April 1989.
Autoimmune Addison's disease almost invariably occurs with thyroiditis in a polyglandular condition called Schmidt's syndrome.
www.beaconforhealth.org /Addison's-Aronson.htm   (3375 words)

 Immunologic Diseases -- Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases can each affect the body in different ways.
For instance, the autoimmune reaction is directed against the brain in multiple sclerosis and the gut in Crohn's disease.
Most autoimmune diseases strike women more often than men, particularly affecting women of working age and during their childbearing years.
www.niaid.nih.gov /final/immds/immdeff.htm   (350 words)

 Autoimmune Disease Update
Ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune rheumatologic disorder, is one of the few autoimmune disorders in which men are affected more often than women.
Approximately 3-5 percent of the population are affected by autoimmune diseases.
Factors which predispose to the development of autoimmunity include genetic factors, age of the individual and environmental factors such as stress and infectious agents.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/graves_disease/85212   (553 words)

 Autoimmune Hepatitis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks liver cells.
Autoimmune hepatitis is classified as either type I or II.
Autoimmune hepatitis is a long-term disease in which your body's immune system attacks liver cells.
digestive.niddk.nih.gov /ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep   (1258 words)

 Autoimmune Diseases: Online References For Health Concerns
Autoimmune disorders can cause immune-responsive cells to attack the linings of the joints--resulting in rheumatoid arthritis--or trigger immune cells to attack the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas leading to insulin-dependent diabetes.
Autoimmune diseases tend to be viewed as separate entities.
The fundamental causal basis for autoimmune system boosting was shown in an early study that was designed to measure the serum concentrations of vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin A in patients prior to developing rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus.
www.lef.org /protocols/prtcl-017.shtml   (2373 words)

 Autoimmune Diseases by International Scleroderma Network (ISN)
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is an autoimmune disease in which macrophages of reticuloendothelial system, mainly in the spleen, remove platelets covered by autoantibodies from circulation.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints.
TTP is an autoimmune disorder characterised by thrombocytopenia, haemolytic anemia, fluctuating neurological deficits, fever, and renal impairment.
www.sclero.org /medical/symptoms/associated/a-to-z.html   (3191 words)

 Autoimmune Diseases
Also referred to as autoimmune thyroiditis and chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is a chronic inflammatory glandular autoimmune disease.
An autoimmune reaction to proteins in the thyroid is the underlying cause of Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Although men and women of any age can develop this disease, it is most common in women between the ages of 30 or 50 where the ratio of female to male is fifty to one.
www.angelfire.com /extreme3/mikalehealth   (673 words)

 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Autoimmune disorders
Autoimmune disorders are conditions caused by an immune response against the body's own tissues.
The goals of treatment are to reduce symptoms and control the autoimmune process while maintaining the ability to fight disease.
Autoimmunity is controlled through balanced suppression of the immune system.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/000816.htm   (818 words)

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