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Antibodies Attack Immune Proteins

Two studies published online on February 1 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine reveal that patients with a rare autoimmune disease produce antibodies that attack microbe-fighting immune proteins called cytokines. These findings may help explain why these patients suffer recurrent yeast infections. Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome, or APS-I, afflicts one in 100, 000 people and is characterized by disrupted thyroid and adrenal gland function and recurrent skin infections with one type of yeast. Normally, the immune system produces cytokines that help protect the body against airborne yeast and other environmental pathogens. Two teams of researchers - one led by Anthony Meager at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (UK), and the other led by Desa Lilic at Newcastle University (UK) and Jean-Laurent Casanova at Rockefeller University (New York) - found that patients with APS-I produce autoantibodies that bind to and disarm these yeast-fighting cytokines.

Chronic Kidney Failure Diet - Is it Really Effective in Reversing Chronic Renal Failure?

Patients who have chronic renal failure may be familiar with the chronic kidney failure diet. This diet has become so popular nowadays due to the increasing cases of people with chronic renal failure. This diet for kidney failure when followed can help reduce the progression of your kidney disease. Chronic renal failure is a result of progressive, irreversible loss of kidney function. It is generally a disease that slowly develops over months and years depending on the insult done to the kidneys and the extent of damage. CRF has many causes including glumerolunephritis, nephrosclerosis, obstructive kidney diseases such as kidney stones and birth defects, diabetes mellitus and systemic lupus erythematosus, and most recently discovered illicit drugs and excessive analgesic use.

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WHO Hails New Gates Foundation Support For Decade Of Vaccines

The World Health Organization welcomes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledge of US$ 10 billion over the next ten years to accelerate global vaccine efforts. "The Gates Foundation's commitment to vaccines is unprecedented, but needs to be matched by unprecedented action. It's absolutely crucial that both governments and the private sector step up efforts to provide life-saving vaccines to children who need them most, " said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. Vaccines and immunization have played a major role since the last century in overall health gains. Smallpox has been eradicated, polio is on the verge of being eradicated and more than 2 million deaths are averted each year.

Get Permanent Natural Heartburn Relief - A Breakthrough in Natural Heartburn Treatment

You have been told by those that know, that your heartburn cannot be cured, simply controlled. So, you constantly live under the shadow of the next heartburn attack. You rely on those tablets to provide the relief that you desperately need. What would you give to be free of your problem and be able to throw those tablets away? Would it improve the quality of your life? Of course it would. Well you will be very pleased to learn that that day may be very close, because a breakthrough in the treatment of heartburn has provided a means to get permanent natural heartburn relief, which is totally safe and drug free. But why have you had to wait so long for someone to come up with a cure for heartburn and the distress that it causes?

Swine Flu Vaccination Available For All Until March 31, Ireland

The Swine Flu Vaccination programme is moving into its final phase, where Swine Flu vaccine is being made available to the general population through HSE Clinics nationwide. Anyone in the target groups* who has not yet been vaccinated is advised to come to a HSE clinic for their vaccine before March 31st. In addition, any members of the general public who have not yet been offered vaccine may now come to a HSE clinic for swine flu vaccine. Some GPs who have remaining vaccine supplies may also be able to vaccinate their patients. Other mechanisms for members of the general population are also being put in place by the HSE including offering vaccines to large companies and organisations who are in a position to offer vaccines to their staff through in-house occupational health facilities.

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How to Diagnose Morton's Neuroma?

The thickening of the nerve tissue is neuroma.Growth of the nerve cell is non-cancerous. The enlargement of the nerve may occur in any part of the body.Morton's neuroma is one of the most common neuroma.Since the thickening is around a nerve at the base of the toes between the third and fourth toes, it is also known as inter-metatarsal neuroma.Compression and irritation of the nerve results to Morton's neuroma.This is more common to women than in men.Women's wearing of confining shoes may be the cause of this. More invasive treatments or surgery can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment of this foot problem. In Morton's neuroma, the patient will feel a localized pain in the inter-space between the third and fourth toe.

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