Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Our immune systems is versatile, armed with a variety of weapons that can defend against all sorts of pathogens. But in some people, this powerful arsenal of immune cells and proteins occasionally engages friendly fire by attacking healthy cells, tissues and organs. This self-inflicted assault is referred to as autoimmunity, and it plays a role in more than 100 diseases ranging from type I diabetes to rheumatoid arthritis, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Millions of people are affected by autoimmune diseases – an estimated 5% to 9% of the US population has an autoimmune condition. And although there are many treatments on the market and under development that are designed to deal with the often debilitating symptoms, autoimmune diseases remain incurable.

By Victor

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