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IN BRIEF: Autoimmune Risk From Vaccine Adjuvants Very Low, But There

IN BRIEF: Autoimmune Risk From Vaccine Adjuvants Very Low, But There

From the Lupus Journal [1]: “Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica after influenza vaccination: report of 10 cases” These 10 cases of inflammatory rheumatic diseases developed within 3 months of influenza vaccination (Inf-V). Clearly the vaccine was given to hundreds of millions worldwide, so this occurrence is very low indeed. Since that …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

Oral Supplementation of Turmeric Decreases Proteinuria, Hematuria, and Systolic Blood Pressure in Patients Suffering From Relapsing or Refractory Lupus Nephritis From the   Journal of Renal Nutrition Warning:    Turmeric can aggravate anemia: MediNewsDigest ; “Antioxidants in Food and Supplements Part (I)    

Progress on Multiple Sclerosis vaccine Neurovax by Immune Response BioPharma

Progress on Multiple Sclerosis vaccine Neurovax by Immune Response BioPharma

A recent press release from the  Immune Response BioPharma  Corporation through BriefingWire [1] brought news about very interesting new avenue of Multiple Sclerosis treatment: a vaccine Below is a video release by the  company to YouTube   First of all why is this new medicine called a vaccine? The narrow …Read the Rest

Sleep Apnea: Not just about snoring

Sleep Apnea: Not just about snoring

  Many of us have heard of sleep apnea as it relates to snoring. Just google sleep apnea and the advertisement abound of how you can stop your snoring with appropriate CPAP ( Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) type of devices But what is sleep apnea? Wikipedia has this definition: ‘…a sleep …Read the Rest

Lupus:  Increased risk seen after exposure to breathable crystalline quartz silica, Carolina study shows

Lupus: Increased risk seen after exposure to breathable crystalline quartz silica, Carolina study shows

MND: Many autoimmune diseases are the result of a genetic predisposition and a environmental trigger. The Carolina study is described in this NIHS post. Quoting:  “…The study included 265 patients with lupus or “cases” and 355 people without lupus or “controls” living in 60 counties in North Carolina and South …Read the Rest

Autoimmune diseases and B-cell targeted therapies in human: Mixed results as yet

Autoimmune diseases and B-cell targeted therapies in human: Mixed results as yet

MND:    B-cell targeted therapies carry a lot of hope since B-Cells are a new tack after some T-Cells progress.The  road to B-Cell based treatments in Auto-Immune disease is still bumpy. Here is a link to an article by the ITGR Biomarker Discovery Group, posted in PubMed. B-cell definition (Wiki) T-Cell definition …Read the Rest

Auto-Immune Diseases: Teva’s Oral Laquinimod  Phase 3 Trial Meets Primary Endpoint in MS

Auto-Immune Diseases: Teva’s Oral Laquinimod Phase 3 Trial Meets Primary Endpoint in MS

 MND: Laquinimod , an  oral immunomodulatory compound developped by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Active Biotech , hit a positive milestone with good results from a Phase II study. (medscape) “…This pivotal study met its primary endpoint while maintaining a very good safety profile,” said principal investigator Giancarlo Comi, MD, director of the Department …Read the Rest

Lupus: About Benlysta (Belimumab)

Lupus: About Benlysta (Belimumab)

Medical News Digest:Lupus world is abuz with the FDA panel recommendation 13-2 for Benlysta (belimumab), the new drug from Human Genome Some major points Belimumab is a  human monoclonal antibody, more precisely a BLyS-specific inhibitor which  recognize and inhibit the biological activity of B-lymphocyte stimulators.It is a new class of drugs …Read the Rest

FDA Panel Backs HGSI’s Benlysta for Lupus (BioWorld)

FDA Panel Backs HGSI’s Benlysta for Lupus (BioWorld)

MediNewsDigest: First New drug for Lupus in a long time. Not yet FDA approved, but Panel recommended. Benlysta is a recombinant monoclonal antibody, go to bioworld  link

Inflammatory Diseases: Bone marrow and umbilical cord blood human stem cells treatments (Pubmed)

Inflammatory Diseases: Bone marrow and umbilical cord blood human stem cells treatments (Pubmed)

MediNewsDigest: According to this study from the  Int J Clin Exp Med.   posted in Pubmed , transplantation from bone marrow and umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells has been widely tested with encouraging results in clinical trials of :  cardiovascular,  neurological, and  immunological disease , including refractory cases of systemic lupus erythematosus …Read the Rest

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