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Archives for January 2013

Autoimmune Conditions & Miscarriage: Is There a Connection?

While we have all probably heard the numbers a dozen or more times throughout life, it often isn’t until a woman experiences a miscarriage herself that she begins to wonder about and investigate the frequency of this difficult situation. After a miscarriage, most women feel sad and frightened about their prospects of carrying a healthy pregnancy to term and those

Graves’ Disease – A Look at Interesting New Research

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by a hyperthyroid state and the accompanying signs and symptoms caused by excess thyroid hormone.  The mechanism of disease involves an antibody mistakenly directed towards the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) receptor, which controls thyroid hormone production.  The result is an overactive thyroid gland that produces too much hormone; it may also grow significantly, forming

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – What is the Latest Research for Better Treatments and Quieting Symptoms?

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, so we are investigating the latest research studies in the two autoimmune thyroid conditions: Hashimoto’s and Graves’ Disease (learn about the latest in Graves’ disease research here).  The focus of this post is about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic autoimmune thyroiditis.  In Hashimoto’s, the body’s immune cells mistakenly attack the thyroid gland, resulting in destruction

A Life Interrupted by Lupus

“You have lupus.” My doctor’s words cut through the air in the stark white of her examination room, and right through my soul.  Now it was real.  All the questions, the mystery, all of it just slipped away.  Instead a panic swelled inside my heart. I looked down at my feet dangling from the table.  My jeweled aqua blue flip

Rheumatoid Arthritis – the Latest Research/Clinical Trials for Traditional + Alternative Therapies

Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis  often experience chronic, disabling joint pain that can greatly affect movement and activities of daily living.  To combat this disease, doctors utilize a combination regimen of various medications – including NSAIDs and DMARDs (per this article on treatment), as well as immunosuppressants, corticosteroids and biological agents – in addition to non-pharmacological treatments such as diet,