As we are rapidly learning, autoimmune diseases appear to be a result of an unclear combination of genetics, environment and immune regulatory problems. While we don’t completely understand the contribution of each in terms of proportions and impact, researchers have been somewhat successful in starting to put the pieces of the genetic puzzle together. (This is also occurring regarding environmental impacts, though this is beyond
General Autoimmune covers symptoms common to all autoimmune conditions, tips for finding and talking to a doctor or other health provider, and general information about the intersections and issues related to autoimmune diseases.
I’m sure many of you reading this will understand when I say I feel like a detective with an honorary medical degree desperately trying to put together the pieces of this autoimmune puzzle. To say this challenge is exhausting mentally, as well as physically, is an understatement. My diagnosis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome came after my second miscarriage. As fate would have it, my OB/GYN also
Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory autoimmune connective tissue disorder primarily affecting the skeletal muscles (-myo) and skin (derm-). It is part of a larger class of disorders known as inflammatory myopathies, which as it sounds, indicates an inflammatory process taking place within the muscle tissue. When myositis presents with associated skin manifestations, it is known as dermatomyositis, which is recognized as a distinct clinical entity. While
Just as it sounds, autoimmune liver disease, formally known as autoimmune hepatitis, describes a physiological state where the immune system turns against and attacks certain tissues in the liver, one of our absolutely essential organs. Here we explore some facets of autoimmune liver disease and questions about whether toxins in the liver could be related to autoimmune disease, so that the reader better understands the
Advice for Autoimmune Moms + Research Update from the Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Disease Research Center
In my autoimmune research over the years, I’ve come across Dr. Noel Rose’s name many times. Dr. Rose is a MD and PhD, and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Disease Research Center. When I reached out to him to ask for an interview, he responded immediately, and we had what I hope will be the first of many conversations about autoimmune research in