Is a vaccine for autoimmune disease on the horizon?

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A major breakthrough in the study of autoimmune diseases – in the form of an experimental vaccine that prevents rheumatoid arthritis – is reported in a leading academic journal.

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and breaks down healthy tissue – usually the lining of joints in the hands, wrists, ankles and knees. It affects as many as 1% of the global population, there is no cure and we don’t know exactly what brings it on.

 

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Cartilage resurfacing implant may alleviate arthritis symptoms

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A textile-based implant that contains cartilage derived from stem cells successfully reduced pain and restored hip joint function in a study of dogs with osteoarthritis.   Continue reading

Taking probiotics affects bone health markers including calcium levels

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Probiotics – good bacteria – could help regulate bone health, says new research in a leading academic journal.   Continue reading

Nose cartilage could provide relief for knee osteoarthritis

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Cartilage cells from the nasal septum can help repair cartilage injuries in the knee and may counteract osteoarthritis inflammation in the knee.

 

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Thyroid autoimmune disease may impact on fibromyalgia

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Thyroid autoimmune disease should be investigated in people who have fibromyalgia, says a new review of the evidence.

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