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Link: Autoimmune Dementia Study

Dr Sean Pittock, MD, a consultant in the Division of MS and Autoimmune Neurology at the Mayo Clinic discusses the findings of a recent study investigating the clinical predictors of immunotherapy responsiveness in patients with presumed Autoimmune Dementia. Available at:http://tinyurl.com/cq95c85

This video from Mayo Proceedings, “the world’s fourth largest medical journal”. Dr. Sean Pittock speaks more to this topic in another Mayo Labratories video on youtube.com.

This video link was posted to comments by G.D. on a post to Autoimmune Encephalitis (All types including Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy) on 2nd June, 2015.

 


 

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Link: Best Supplements For Your Brain: 4 Nootropics That Work Like Smart Drugs But Don’t Require A Prescription

What a fun-looking word: nootropics. It refers to any type of compound or food that has the ability to improve your mental abilities, including your memory, ability to focus, motivation, or even mood. While the general category most definitely includes smart drugs, neuro-enhancing supplements fit the bill as well.

This link was posted by J.J. on 3rd December, 2014. The full text can be found at http://www.medicaldaily.com/best-supplements-your-brain-4-nootropics-work-smart-drugs-dont-require-prescription-312340#.VH9IjJxVYf4.facebook.

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Link: HE/AE Diagnosis & Treatment Survey

This survey link was posted by M.M. on 28th November, 2014. This survey is now closed.

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Link: Th17 Response and Inflammatory Autoimmune Diseases

The proinflammatory activity of T helper 17 (Th17) cells can be beneficial to the host during infection. However, uncontrolled or inappropriate Th17 activation has been linked to several autoimmune and autoinflammatory pathologies. Indeed, preclinical and clinical data show that Th17 cells are associated with several autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and lupus. Furthermore, targeting the interleukin-17 (IL-17) pathway has attenuated disease severity in preclinical models of autoimmune diseases. Interestingly, a recent report brings to light a potential role for Th17 cells in the autoinflammatory disorder adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD). Whether Th17 cells are the cause or are directly involved in AOSD remains to be shown. In this paper, we discuss the biology of Th17 cells, their role in autoimmune disease development, and in AOSD in particular, as well as the growing interest of the pharmaceutical industry in their use as therapeutic targets.

Copyright © 2012 Janelle C. Waite and Dimitris Skokos. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

This study was posted on 28th October, 2014 by G.D. to this thread – https://www.facebook.com/groups/564512313648230/permalink/589270541172407/.

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Link: The Multitasking Mast Cell: Positive and Negative Roles in the Progression of Autoimmunity

Among the potential outcomes of an aberrantly functioning immune system are allergic disease and autoimmunity. Although it has been assumed that the underlying mechanisms mediating these conditions are completely different, recent evidence shows that mast cells provide a common link. Mast cells reside in most tissues, are particularly prevalent at sites of Ag entry, and act as sentinel cells of the immune system. They express many inflammatory mediators that affect both innate and adaptive cellular function. They contribute to pathologic allergic inflammation but also serve an important protective role in bacterial and parasite infections. Given the proinflammatory nature of autoimmune responses, it is not surprising that studies using murine models of autoimmunity clearly implicate mast cells in the initiation and/or progression of autoimmune disease. In this review, we discuss the defined and hypothesized mechanisms of mast cell influence on autoimmune diseases, including their surprising and newly discovered role as anti-inflammatory cells.

The full study can be found at http://www.jimmunol.org/content/179/5/2673.full.

This study was posted by G.D. to this thread on 29th October, 2014 in comments – https://www.facebook.com/groups/564512313648230/permalink/589522931147168/.

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Nalcrom (sodium cromoglicate)

Nalcrom capsules contain the active ingredient sodium cromoglicate, which is a type of medicine used to relieve the symptoms of allergies.

This information was posted by S.H.  to this thread by G.D. – https://www.facebook.com/groups/564512313648230/permalink/589522931147168/. The link in the original post, created by G.D. is no longer available.

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Link: Be Wary of “Fad” Diagnoses

A small percentage of physicians and large percentages of chiropractors, naturopaths and bogus “nutritionists” are labeling patients with diagnoses not recognized by the scientific community. Some of these practitioners apply one or more of these diagnoses to almost every patient they see. The health-food industry profits from this process by selling books promoting these alleged conditions and supplement concoctions claimed to help them. Some “fad” diagnoses have been around for years, while others are recent creations.

This article by Dr. Stephen Barrett, MD talks about “fad” diagnoses.

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Link: Hashimoto’s encephalopathy : epidemiology, pathogenesis and management.

Hashimoto’s encephalopathy is a term used to describe an encephalopathy of presumed autoimmune origin characterised by high titres of antithyroid peroxidase antibodies. In a similar fashion to autoimmune thyroid disease, Hashimoto’s encephalopathy is more common in women than in men. It has been reported in paediatric, adult and elderly populations throughout the world. The clinical presentation may involve a relapsing and remitting course and include seizures, stroke-like episodes, cognitive decline, neuropsychiatric symptoms and myoclonus.

The full text of this study can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17850170.

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Link: Autoimmune Encephalitis

Abstract:

The term autoimmune encephalitis is used to describe a group of disorders characterised by symptoms of limbic and extra-limbic dysfunction occurring in association with antibodies against synaptic antigens and proteins localised on the neuronal cell surface. in recent years there has been a rapidly expanding knowledge of these syndromes resulting in a shift in clinical paradigms and new insights into pathogenic mechanisms. Since many patients respond well to immunosuppressive treatment, the recognition of these disorders is of utmost importance. in general, there are no brain-imaging modalities or biomarkers specific of these disorders other than the demonstration of the neuronal antibodies. a disease classification based on these antibodies provides information on prognosis and paraneoplastic aetiology. This article focuses on recent clinical advances, newly characterised antibodies and treatment approaches to these disorders.

The full text to this study by Frank Leypoldt, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Christian Bien, and Josp Dalmau, can be found at http://www.touchneurology.com/articles/autoimmune-encephalitis.

This study was posted by G.D. on 31st October to this tread – https://www.facebook.com/groups/251477975360/permalink/10154711691935361/.

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Link: How to find the best Medicare drug plan What you need to know about Part D

If you do not have a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Part D drug coverage, you must sign up for it separately.

This Consumer Reports article demystifies Medicare Part D coverage for consumers. The full text can be found at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2014/10/best-medicare-drug-plans/index.htm.

Copyright © Consumer Reports October 2014

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