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Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases: Introduction

Autoimmune diseases: The word "auto" is the Greek word for self. The immune system is a complicated network of cells and cell components (called molecules) that ... more about Autoimmune diseases.

Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Autoimmune diseases is available below.

Symptoms of Autoimmune diseases

Treatments for Autoimmune diseases

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Autoimmune diseases: Related Patient Stories

Types of Autoimmune diseases

Causes of Autoimmune diseases

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Disease Topics Related To Autoimmune diseases

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Misdiagnosis and Autoimmune diseases

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Autoimmune diseases

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Prognosis for Autoimmune diseases

Prognosis for Autoimmune diseases: Although autoimmune diseases are chronic, the course they take is unpredictable. A doctor cannot foresee what will happen to the patient based on how the disease starts. Patients should be monitored closely by their doctors so environmental factors or triggers that may worsen the disease can be discussed and avoided and new medical therapy can be started as soon as possible. Frequent visits to a doctor are important in order for the physician to manage complex treatment regimens and watch for medication side effects. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

Research about Autoimmune diseases

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Clinical Trials for Autoimmune diseases

The US based website ClinicalTrials.gov lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Autoimmune diseases: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Autoimmune diseases

Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID (Excerpt)

The word "auto" is the Greek word for self. The immune system is a complicated network of cells and cell components (called molecules) that normally work to defend the body and eliminate infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and other invading microbes. If a person has an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks self, targeting the cells, tissues, and organs of a person's own body. A collection of immune system cells and molecules at a target site is broadly referred to as inflammation. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

Autoimmune Diseases: NWHIC (Excerpt)

The term "autoimmune disease" refers to a varied group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar--the body's immune system becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect. About 75% of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years. Autoimmune diseases can affect connective tissue. (This is the tissue which binds together various tissues and organs.) It can also affect the nerves, muscles, endocrine system, and gastrointestinal system. (Source: excerpt from Autoimmune Diseases: NWHIC)

Fact Sheet Autoimmune Disease in Women: NWHIC (Excerpt)

The term "autoimmune disease" refers to a varied group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. It includes diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood, and blood vessels. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar--the body's immune system becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Autoimmune Disease in Women: NWHIC)

Definitions of Autoimmune diseases:

Autoimmune Status; the state of a person's health in regard to autoimmune disease or antibody presence. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

 

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