Throughout March, patient and research advocacy groups are observing Autoimmune Awareness Month . There are an estimated 23.5 million Americans suffering from one of nearly 100 autoimmune diseases. Some autoimmune diseases are rare but more common autoimmune disorders include Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease and lupus. Autoimmune disease results from the body’s natural defense system attacking healthy cells. The target of this attack can be a specific organ, such as insulin-producing cells in the pancreas in Type 1 diabetes, or it can be more widespread throughout the body, as is the case for patients living with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Autoimmune patients take medication to not...
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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana