Did My Genes Cause My Autoimmune Conditions?

DNA molecule

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

Do Environmental Triggers Have An Impact On Autoimmune Onset?

Little girl on the river

The impact of environmental triggers on autoimmune disease is, and has been for several years, an area of great interest among researchers and clinicians, clearly indicating that there is some sort of connection between the two, as evidenced in these studies about autoimmune thyroid disease and lupus. Presently there are still a lot more questions than answers in this arena, but it is still encouraging

12 Super Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

12 autoimmune super symptoms

Close to 100 diseases can be classified as autoimmune-related. And while each has specific symptoms associated with it, there are some “super symptoms” that are common to a great number of autoimmune diseases. Super Symptoms List Inflammation:  This is at the root of autoimmune disease.  Your body attacks itself and then responds with inflammation and swelling, which is often accompanied by heat and pain. Persistent, low-grade

What Are The Latest Available Treatments For Sjögren’s?

Mom with Sjögren’s

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder characterized classically by dry eyes (xerophthalmia) and dry mouth (xerostomia), secondary to white blood cell attack on the moisture producing glands and mucous membranes.  Patients may also experience skin, nose and vaginal dryness as well, and sometimes suffer other symptoms in common with many autoimmune diseases, such as joint/muscle pain and chronic fatigue.  There is no cure for Sjögren’s,

What Is The Human Microbiome Project? A Visual Explanation

Human Microbiome Project

The National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project began in 2008, studying 250 healthy people’s microbiome (the microbiome counterpart to the Human Genome Project).  The first phase of the project completed in 2012 with the primary goal to identify and develop a reference set of the complete human microbiome based on the 250 healthy people’s samples.  The microbiome is made up of trillions of microbes in and

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