About Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmunity and the Eyes: A Spotlight on Uveitis

Healthy eyes are essential to our well-being. Many with autoimmune conditions are challenged with secondary conditions or co-morbidities that accompany a primary condition. These conditions often contribute to significant health problems. Among the more rare and serious conditions is uveitis, with approximately 30,000 annual new cases.

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Inflammation: A Driving Force of Autoimmune Disease

Major questions remain as to exactly how the immune cells and molecules that promote inflammation contribute to the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. Could a more precise understanding of the inflammatory mechanisms behind the broad range of autoimmune conditions pave the way for better therapies?

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Autoimmunity on the Rise

With autoimmune-related proteins increasing in prevalence in the general population, some researchers are looking at the association between autoimmunity and environmental factors like microplastics to explain this trend. In fact, scientists say environmental factors may be responsible for up to 70 percent of autoimmune diseases.

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