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What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Nobody Knows: We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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What is the link between tnf-alpha and autoimmune diseases ?

What is the link between tnf-alpha and autoimmune diseases ?

Tnf alpha : Tnf Alpha is a pro inflammatory cytokine and is elevated in many auto immune diseases . It has a immuno regulatory role . It alters the t regulatory cells and orchestrates acute immunological responses and inflammation in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis ...Read more

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What is considered the number one treament for graves disease?

What is considered the number one treament for graves disease?

See your doctor: The treatment should be tailored to each patient's needs. In some, medication may be sufficient, others may require radio-iodine treatment to destroy the gland. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/graves-disease/ds00181. ...Read more

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What is the treament for autoimmune diseases?

What is the treament for autoimmune diseases?

Suppression: Blocking the body's immune reaction to its own tissues often requires interference with the immune system itself, either non-specifically with steroids, drugs which attack immune mediating cells, or drugs which block receptor sites, etc. Many of these are effective in limiting the damage due to disease, but have their own toxicities to deal with. ...Read more

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What is the management of autoimmune disease?

What is the management of autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases : Treatment in autoimmune diseases 1. Reduce eliminate the immune system attack on one's cells ( platelets , WBC etc) , tissues ( muscles , nerves, joints, blood vessels) , organs ( pancreas, thyroid, kidneys adrenal) 2. Reduce or eliminate acute destructive ( inflammatory ) process .3 preserve immune function 4.Replace products insulin, thyroid , B12 lost. Rx with steroids cytotoxics. ...Read more

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What is the number one risk factor for heart disease?

What is the number one risk factor for heart disease?

Many factors: Are related to heart disease risk including age, cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking diet and activity. While age is the most important when calculating risk, some of the other factors may be more important when contemplating changes that can be made to lower risk. ...Read more

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How does the genetics affect rheumatoid arthritis is there any mutations responsible for having the disease?

Perhaps: Rheumatoid arthritis is a mystery as to cause. Genetic factors do not seem to be a certain causal factor, but cannot be ruled out. In recent years there was a study of thousands of sufferers who had in common significant exposure to chemicals used to kill weeds and agriculture pests. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autoimmune diseases and arthritis?

What is the difference between autoimmune diseases and arthritis?

Systemic, Local: Autoimmune arthritis diseases can include inflammation of the joints , connective and soft tissues as well as involvement any part of the body. Osteoarthritis, is caused by degeneration of the joints and localized to certain part of the body. The from arthritis is gradual have to do with activity, the other the onset could be sudden and involve many areas of the body. ...Read more

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What is the link between thyroid autoimmune diseases and type i diabetes?

What is the link between thyroid autoimmune diseases and type i diabetes?

Possible: When someone has an autoimmune condition (type 1 diabetes or autoimmune thyroid disease), he/she has a higher risk to develop another autoimmune condition. Patients with type 1 diabetes need to be screened for thyroid disease every 1-2 years or if symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is the differentiation between scleroderma and drug induced lupus, have markers for both?

What is the differentiation between scleroderma and drug induced lupus, have markers for both?

Much different!: First, your clinical sx are more important than the labs. Drug-induced sle is characterized by single-strand anti-da abs. Markers for possible pss include scl-70 and centromere antibodies. But where you on a drug which commonly caused drug-induced sle. What are your symptoms: fever, joint pain, pleuritis, pericarditis? Or do you have raynaud's, swallowing probs, etc. See a rheumatology expert! ...Read more

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Are all rheumatic diseases auto immune disease s or is there a difference in the 2. If there different what is the difference clinically?

Are all rheumatic diseases auto immune disease s or is there a difference in the 2. If there different what is the difference clinically?

More than a 100 kind: Over 100 different kinds of arthritis and related diseases (rheumatic diseases) some metabolic, gout and pseudogout. Some genetic (hemochromatosis) many autoimmune, your immune system reacts against part of your body. Most common rheumatoid arthritis. There are autoimmune diseases that do not cause arthritis, ms, penphigus. ...Read more

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Why is the ultimate cause of Henoch-Schönlein Purpura unknown, aside it being an autoimmune disease?

Life reality...: Life reality tells us that behind what we know always still hide a lot of what we do not know, which may be in time revealed or even proved to be false/ conflicting; that is the facts of life so we have to learn how to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for arthritis thus far? And are we any closer to finding a cure for auto immune diseases?

What is the most effective treatment for arthritis thus far? And are we any closer to finding a cure for auto immune diseases?

Yes: It depends on the type of arthritis. When i was in medical school in the 1970's, about one person in 150 would have their life ruined by autoimmune arthritis. The immunomodulators produced by biotechnology have greatly improved the outlook for severe disease and have proved surprisingly safe. It's still a rough and frustrating disease but progress continues. Stay proactive -- and good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for factor viii deficiency?

What is the treatment for factor viii deficiency?

Factor VIII: Concentrate. Factor viii is prepared by recombinant technology, though it may also be extracted from human plasma. Depending on the severity of deficiency, factor viii may be given prophylactically or to treat episodes of bleeding. The drug is given intravenously. ...Read more

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What is the ANA pattern for sarcoidosis normally?

What is the ANA pattern for sarcoidosis normally?

Negative: Sarcoid is not usually associated with +ana. However, +ana can occur in up to 10% of the population, so there may be some overlap. ...Read more

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What is the cause for stills disease?

What is the cause for stills disease?

No simple cause: "still's" is a synonym in many places for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis which is at least three diseases, all of unknown etiology that represent disturbances in the immune system. Mimics include lyme disease ; parvo b19. You're unlikely to find the etiology for a particular case of true still's; rarely an elimination diet might reveal a simple food allergy but this is the exception. ...Read more

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Which statement best describes the relationship between cousins and risk for autoimmune diseases?

Which statement best describes the relationship between cousins and risk for autoimmune diseases?

Increased risk : The tendency to autoimmunity definitely runs in families. This is genetic, not due to lifestyle, so prevention isn't really possible. These conditions are more common in women, but are not rare in men. People with autoimmune disease should tell their relatives, so they, in turn can tell their doctors and get appropriate tests. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more