In order to protect us from disease, our immune cells use proteins to punch their way into harmful cells and destroy them. Now, a new study has captured how a carnivorous mushroom engages in a similar process, allowing it to kill parasites. Researchers say visualizing this process brings us closer to understanding how it works in humans, potentially opening the door to new treatments for autoimmune diseases and other conditions. The research team - co-led by Dr. Michelle Dunstone of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and Prof. Helen Saibil of Birbeck College in the UK - publishes their findings in the journal PLOS Biology. According to the background of the study, animals, plants, fungi and bacteria all use proteins to smash holes, or "pores," into harmful cells and kill them. "These proteins are able to insert into the plasma membranes of target cells, creating large pores that short circuit the natural separation between the intracellular and extracellular milieu, with … [Read more...] about How oyster mushrooms could aid treatment for autoimmune diseases
Editor's note: As of July 2014, the researchers retracted this study because they were unable to replicate their findings in subsequent studies. A new study that offers some of the most compelling evidence to date for the idea of "mimicry," where the immune system attacks a body protein because of its similarity to a pathogen protein, confirms that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease. Reporting in the latest online issue of Science Translational Medicine, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in California show how in genetically susceptible individuals, narcolepsy can be triggered because part of a wakefulness protein, called hypocretin, is very similar to part of a protein from the pandemic 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" virus. Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder where the brain cannot control sleep-wake cycles, leading to sudden bouts of sleep, often accompanied by cataplexy, an abrupt loss of voluntary muscle tone that can cause collapse. The National Institutes of … [Read more...] about Study confirms narcolepsy as an autoimmune disease
According to a new study the prevalence and incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes, is on the rise and researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are unsure why. Between 2001 and 2009, the incidence of type 1 diabetes increased by 23%, according to The American Diabetes Association. Finland also showed a similar increase. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, while Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin adequately. Earlier studies have shown that genetics and environmental factors cause autoimmune diseases. The researchers discovered that children and teenagers suffering from type 1 diabetes have complications, such as nerve damage, that could lead to amputations. Furthermore, the team found that early signs of cardiovascular damage increase the risk … [Read more...] about Autoimmune Disease Rates Increasing
diabetes is in the process of being redefined as an autoimmune disease rather than just a metabolic disorder, said an author of a new study published in Nature Medicine this week, the findings of which may lead to new diabetes treatments that target the immune system instead of trying to control blood sugar. cancers in humans, but more research is needed to see if it will work against diabetes in humans. insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes (unlike type 1 diabetes where it is the insulin-producing cells that are destroyed), is the result of B cells and other immune cells attacking the body's own tissues. obesity, and will likely impact medicine for years to come as physicians begin to switch their focus to immune-modulating treatments for type-2 diabetes," he added. insulin, the hormone that mops up dietary glucose and transports it to cells to convert into energy. inflammation in the fatty tissue that surrounds and protects internal organs. cholesterol, high … [Read more...] about Is Type 2 Diabetes An Autoimmune Disease?
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have discovered two natural compounds that could help stop the haywire immune response that’s behind autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Type1 diabetes. Before we get to the study, let’s take a look at what happens when an autoimmune disease strikes. White blood cells are the major players in your body’s defense line-up. They seek and destroy infections and diseases, such as cancer. However, sometimes (for reasons yet to be determined) these powerful white cells malfunction and start damaging the parts of the body that they were meant to protect. Depending on the portion of the body affected, this can lead to any number of conditions, which are grouped under the term “autoimmune diseases.” Two very common types of this immune system overreaction are Type 1 diabetes and RA — these are the conditions that were examined in the recent UCI study. According … [Read more...] about Two Natural Ways to Fight Autoimmune Diseases
Genetically modifying the seeds of staple crops like corn and soybeans has been increasing the yields of many farm factories across the country. This is despite the agricultural industry’s challenges in keeping sustainable farmlands amidst rapid urbanization. While many are celebrating this feat in agricultural science, a lot of experts are extremely alarmed about the proven link between GMOs and autoimmune diseases, among many others. Immune System vs. Healthy Cells As you may already know, an autoimmune disease develops when your immune system fails to recognize the body’s healthy cells, and treats them as alien bodies instead. As a result, the immune system attacks your healthy cells as if they need not exist in your body. This leads to an autoimmune disease, the type of which depends on the tissue damaged by the immune system. Some of the known autoimmune diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, anemia, vitiligo, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, … [Read more...] about The Link Between GMO and Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans, a large percentage of whom are women. In fact, I myself had an autoimmune diseases called Graves. Autoimmune diseases are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more, and can cause many different types of symptoms all over the body that range from mild to severe in nature. But what are they, what causes them, and how can they be treated? What causes autoimmune diseases? There are many underlying factors that can cause people to develop an autoimmune condition. There certainly is an underlying genetic component. However, whether these genes get expressed or turned on is actually caused by a host of other factors, such as toxins from heavy metals like mercury or my co-toxins from molds, infections like Candida, Epstein-Barr and the herpes simplex … [Read more...] about 12 Symptoms Of Autoimmune Disease! How To Reverse It Naturally?
Autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans, a large percentage of whom are women. In fact, I myself had an autoimmune diseases called Graves. Autoimmune diseases are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more, and can cause many different types of symptoms all over the body that range from mild to severe in nature. But what are they, what causes them, and how can they be treated? What causes autoimmune diseases? There are many underlying factors that can cause people to develop an autoimmune condition. There certainly is an underlying genetic component. However, whether these genes get expressed or turned on is actually caused by a host of other factors, such as toxins from heavy metals like mercury or mycotoxins from molds, infections like Candida, Epstein-Barr and the herpes simplex … [Read more...] about 20 Warning Signs of an Autoimmune Disease And How to Reverse It Naturally
Having an autoimmune disease is like having a monster inside your body taking over control. There are several kinds that a person can develop each with varied side effects and severity. Some common ones people develop are rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Grave’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Recognizing the early signs of developing one of the 80 types of autoimmune diseases out there is important when it comes to treating it and getting it under control as quickly as possible so you have a chance at living a life with less crippling symptoms in the future. Ten Signs of an Autoimmune Disease Weight Loss: Losing weight suddenly is an early indicator that you may in fact have developed an autoimmune disease. This is especially true if you usually keep a constant weight or have not changed your diet. The common autoimmune diseases that can cause rapid weight loss are inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and grave’s disease. Body Aches and … [Read more...] about 10 Signs that You may have an Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). Autoimmune diseases are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more, and can cause many different types of symptoms all over the body that range from mild to severe in nature. Symptoms Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are: joints 12 Symptoms Of Autoimmune Disease Low Blood Sugar Blood Pressure Changes Muscle and Joint Pain Swollen Glands Susceptibility to Infections Extreme Fatigue Memory Problems Inflammation Allergies Digestive Problems Thyroid Problems Pr-menstrual Syndrome Home Remedies For Autoimmune Disease Spirulina Peony roots … [Read more...] about How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 12 Sign Of Autoimmune Disease!