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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 6/20/2007 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   
You may have already seen this but in case you haven't:


The pinpointed region of chromosome 17, called NALP1, could be a new target for treatment, said the authors of a study in the March 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

"This part of the immune system may respond to triggers coming from the environment, like bacteria or viruses, and there are indications that you can turn it off. So, we're very, very hopeful that there may be drugs that allow us to do that," said the study's senior author, Dr. Richard A. Spritz, who directs the Human Medical Genetics Program at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.

Spritz added, "That's not going to help people with childhood diabetes, where the damage is already complete. But, for a number of chronic autoimmune disorders, like lupus and vitiligo, if you turn off the autoimmune process, the body could repair itself."


I hope to take part in his research study and he is looking for more people with vitiligo to help.  If you are interested, I will post a link.  You do not have to go anywhere and the involvement is minimal, just provide a small sample of skin I think ad fill out a questionaire.

Love, Marji
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 236
   Posted 6/20/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Marji - I like to keep abreast of the new tx. - Kristin
  Dx:  Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - kidney disease, enlarged heart, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, rheumatic arthritis, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx:  Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin  Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.  

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 6/20/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
THANK YOU, I needed hope given how many signs my oldest daughter is showing of developing some kind of AI issue. I may even participate myself. I am not sure. Right now I have a lot on my mind.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumetoid arthritis 2006, early sjogrens 2006, low positive anti-phospholipid antibodies/lupus anti-coglutant 2001-2004 and 2007, osteoarthritis 2005, Migraine 1994, Compression fracture 2001, Disk problems 2006, Multiple allergies 2006, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 2007, Bipolar type II 2007, possible siezures 2005, probable lupus CNS involvement 2007

Tx: plaquenil, Imuran, Enbrel, Celebrex, Tramadol, Norco, Singulair, Skelaxin, Evoxac, Clonazepam, Zonisamide, Baby Asprin, Relpax, Copper IUD

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