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Autoimmune Research: What Do We Know So Far?   Depending on your autoimmune condition (there are thought to be 151 of them including rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease), autoimmune flare-up symptoms could be anything from overwhelming fatigue, joint pain and lack of coordination, to a severe rash or stomach upset.   Autoimmune diseases of all types are on the increase. They involve the body's immune system turning on itself, and the reason they happen is becoming clear. The immune system is designed to fight against infection but, since we have eradicated many of the infections that we used to encounter, our immune cells, which are programmed to fight, are bored and on the look-out for combat elsewhere.   Ironically, it's our healthy modern lifestyle that can

Autoimmune diseases are like a silent epidemic. Statistics vary depending on which autoimmune diseases are included. Somewhere between 23.5 million to 50 million Americans or about one in six people live and cope with autoimmune diseases according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. The National Institute of Health reports 75 percent of those people are women and has officially designated it a major women’s health issue.   Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system becomes misdirected and attacks the organs it was designed to protect. They are a varied group of more than 100 illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. They include diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, as well as the skin and joints and

An autoimmune disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells. This umbrella term encompasses a diverse group of diseases and disorders, which may affect any number of the body’s organs, tissues, and systems. Some of the most common autoimmune diseases include:   Rheumatoid Arthritis (Ra) Type 1 Diabetes Lupus Multiple Sclerosis (Ms) Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Celiac Disease   The symptoms associated with these diseases can vary greatly, but often include fatigue, achiness, joint pain, swelling, skin rashes, low-grade fever, numbness, and dizziness.    Why Are Autoimmune Diseases So Difficult To Diagnose?   Because symptoms tend to be quite nonspecific and can be linked to any number of conditions, diagnosing autoimmune diseases is notoriously difficult. Additionally, symptoms often flare and remit, meaning they

Your immune system is made up of organs and cells meant to protect your body from bacteria, parasites, viruses and cancer cells. An autoimmune disease is the result of the immune system accidentally attacking your body instead of protecting it. It's unclear why your immune system does this.   There are over 100 known autoimmune diseases. Common ones include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.   Autoimmune diseases can affect many types of tissues and nearly any organ in your body. They may cause a variety of symptoms including pain, tiredness (fatigue), rashes, nausea, headaches, dizziness and more. Specific symptoms depend on the exact disease.   How Do Autoimmune Diseases Work?   Experts don’t know why your immune system turns on you. It’s like it can

Autoimmune diseases can affect almost every body part or system. There are more than 80 of these conditions, and some are more common than others. Common examples include hypothyroidism, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).   The immune system is a network of tissues, organs, and cells. Its role is to defend the body against harmful organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, warding off infection and disease. In a person with an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy body cells and tissues.   Researchers do not know the causes of many autoimmune conditions, but genetic factors, past infections, and environmental factors can affect their development. Long-term treatments aim to reduce the strength of immune responses. Antibiotics are