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Allergy/autoimmunity link found 04 April 2007

A link between allergic diseases like eczema, and autoimmune diseases has been found by scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle.
"Our study implies that allergic and inflammatory diseases may actually trigger autoimmune diseases by relaxing the controls that normally eliminate newly produced, self-reactive B cells," said researcher David Rawlings. "Many autoimmune diseases are caused by self-reactive antibodies produced by such B cells."

Rawlings, the head of ...
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New UK centre for immunotherapy

First Centre of Its Kind in UK Opens in Region 07 April 2007

The first immunotherapy centre of its kind in the UK opened yesterday (05/04/07).

The 1m Wilson Horne Immunotherapy Centre, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, will be used to try revolutionary treatments for conditions caused by disorders of the immune system. Because it will be the first time humans will be exposed to such therapies, the unit's staff have been trained to ...
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Possitve MRTC

Hi all,
Found out today that my mrtc was possitive. Apparently the Advair steriod in question made little or no difference. Maybe the bar has indeed been lowered. I have stopped Advair and swithed to Singular which seems to be working so far. I will schedule bag o' blood Monday.
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The Aspen Health Forum October 3-6, 2007.

Scott Johnson, president of the Myelin Repair Foundation, is scheduled to speak at The Aspen Health Forum October 3-6, 2007.

The Aspen Health Forum will explore the most challenging issues and exciting developments in medical science — and how they may affect our individual health and that of our families and communities. The forum will shed light on the state-of-the-art and frontiers of biomedicine. It is a rare opportunity to exchange ideas and socialize with ...
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The role of the BBB

New report on BBB from Eurekalert:

Public release date: 5-Apr-2007

Contact: Steve Benowitz
Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson immunology researchers show blood-brain barrier damage could affect MS severity
(PHILADELPHIA) -- Immunology researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson studying a multiple sclerosis (MS)-like disease in mice have shown that the amount of "damage" to the central nervous system’s ...
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Another hurdle cleared...

BioMS Medical's pivotal multiple sclerosis trial receives positive interim safety analysis

Thursday April 5 -- CNW -- BioMS Medical today announced that the independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the Company's pivotal phase II/III MAESTRO-01 trial of MBP8298 in patients with secondary progressive MS has completed a planned interim safety analysis and recommended that the trial continue as per the protocol.

This interim analysis was based upon an assessment of the ...
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Social Security Reform News

Last week, The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation published a story regarding my petition initiative to change the way Social Security Disability benefits are awarded to victims of MS and other chronically disabling illnesses. They are also running a full page article about this important effort in the next issue of their quarterly magazine, MSFocus. To date, the petition has been signed by over 1,000 MS patients, physicians, MS advocacy group leaders and members and other concerned ...
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Check your mate on this one.

On Tues. my wife and I took our daughter to see a specialist in Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has been experiencing some joint pain and her AnA test came back elevated. On top of this she also has shingles. All this and she is only 9 years old. Lupus was also a possibility. After checking her out physically, he said she didn't seem to have enough symptoms to diagnose either RA of Lupus. She did ...
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I eliminated my post

I eliminated my post
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Tovaxin update

Opexa Therapeutics Reports Positive Top-line Data in Phase I/II Dose Escalation Trial with Tovaxin(TM) for Multiple Sclerosis
03 April 2007

Opexa Therapeutics, Inc, a company involved in the development and commercialisation of cell therapies, today announced positive top-line data in an open-label Phase I/II dose escalation clinical trial of the investigational T-cell vaccine, Tovaxin(TM), for multiple sclerosis. In this one-year, 10-subject dose escalation clinical trial, Tovaxin therapy was shown to be safe and effective. ...
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