About Autoimmune Disease

How Sex & Genetics Influence Autoimmunity

“There are very few conditions besides autoimmunity which have such remarkable differences in sex bias,” says Veena Taneja of the Mayo Clinic, who is currently working with RA-associated bacteria in mouse models to define sex-specific responses and mechanisms. Learn more about how genetics, epigenetics, hormones, environmental exposures, diet, and lifestyle may all play a role in influencing autoimmune disease!

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How do Cold Temperatures Affect Autoimmune Disease?

During the fall and winter months, cold temperatures can exacerbate many disease symptoms. Sensitivity to temperature fluctuations is a problem common to many autoimmune conditions, with the cold activating flare-ups of diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, arthritis, and psoriasis.

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