"Switching off" autoimmunity. Can you imagine the possibilities for lupus!?!

An exciting break though in the world of auto-immune diseases! I'm pleased to share the following articles with you - both sent to me by a couple of lupus friends. I was giddy each time I re-read them! A snippet of the first one is below, and you can read the second one here, which is a slight variation of the first. Either article will explain the exciting news that scientists have discovered how to switch off autoimmune diseases, although a lot of work lies ahead. Still, this is very, very promising!

"Scientists have made an important breakthrough in the fight against debilitating autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis by revealing how to stop cells attacking healthy body tissue.
Rather than the body’s immune system destroying its own tissue by mistake, researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered how cells convert from being aggressive to actually protecting against disease.
The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is published today [03 September] in Nature Communications.
It’s hoped this latest insight will lead to the widespread use of antigen-specific immunotherapy as a treatment for many autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS), type 1 diabetes, Graves’ disease and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)."

Read the rest of the article here, and thanks, ladies, for sharing!

Comments

Nicole said…
That's fantastic!
Anonymous said…
I happened across your blog while doing research about lupus.
I sincerely think that I have some type of lupus.