The Battle of the Sexes in Autoimmune Disease

You know the stereotype of men never asking for directions? Well, I recently learned more about the basis for this, and other traits that differ between males and females, while watching “Battle of the Sexes,” an episode of the National Geographic television series Brain Games. This show is a favorite of my two kids, thanks to its cool science facts and the clever antics of its host.

“Battle of the Sexes” got me thinking about another difference between men and women; ...

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Local lupus study recruiting participants

SLE is an autoimmune disease capable of causing severe tissue damage in many organs. The cause of SLE is unknown, but recent research has identified infection-fighting proteins called interferons (or IFNs) which are made and released by host cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites or tumor cells. IFNs allow for communication between cells to trigger the protective defenses of the immune system that eradicate pathogens or tumors.

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Increased severity of lupus and African-American women focus of Lupus Foundation of Minnesota-funded research at University of Minnesota

Researchers who seek new biomarkers for human diseases may have many goals. In the field of lupus research, we would like to find biomarkers that could make the disease easier to diagnose, improve the management of disease activity, predict when a flare is likely to occur, and help physicians decide which medications to use (or avoid) in a particular patient.
 
Thanks to advances in genomic and proteomic technologies over the past 10 years, lupus researchers have been successful in ...

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