Autoimmune Life Blog

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January 5, 2022

Understanding Down Syndrome and Autoimmunity

You’ve probably heard of Down syndrome. You may even remember that it’s caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. But fewer people know that almost half of those with Down syndrome have an autoimmune disease. Or that they are at lower risk of solid tumor cancers like breast cancer.

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December 30, 2021

Could medicines for inflammatory bowel disease help fight type 1 diabetes?

Among the many mysteries of autoimmune diseases, we know one thing for sure: These diseases are connected. They often occur when immune cells called T cells mistakenly attack healthy tissue — say the pancreas in type 1 diabetes (T1D) or the gut in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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December 14, 2021

Inside the Sound Life Project: How BRI is Studying Health to Understand Disease

BRI’s vision is to create a healthy immune system for everyone. But before we can do that, we need to answer a key question: What exactly does a healthy immune system look like?

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November 22, 2021

Monoclonal Antibodies and COVID-19: Insight from an Infectious Disease Expert

Monoclonal antibodies have been getting a lot of attention as a treatment for COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody infusion centers for COVID-19 patients are opening at Virginia Mason and across the country. But what exactly are monoclonal antibodies? How do they work and who needs them?

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November 10, 2021

Why COVID-19 Makes It Harder to Predict This Year’s Flu Season

Before COVID-19, having the sniffles or a mild headache was rarely cause for concern. Now, it’s common practice to stay home at the first sign of a cold. This is one of the reasons that there was very low flu activity during last year's flu season. But will that trend continue this year?

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November 3, 2021

Back to School with Type 1 Diabetes

The transition from elementary school to middle school is a big step for any kid. Multiple teachers instead of one, new letter grades, no recess. It’s a different world, especially when most of fifth grade took place at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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October 26, 2021

Meet Penny: A Goldendoodle Helping Her Teen Manage T1D

When Grace Pilo is in a ballet performance, she uses a continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump to make sure her blood sugar stays in a healthy range throughout the show.

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October 14, 2021

How Does Wildfire Smoke Impact Your Health?

We’ve become hyper-aware of health hazards spread through the air, and that isn’t limited to infectious diseases like COVID-19. Another problem is becoming alarmingly commonplace: wildfire smoke.

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September 28, 2021

Joining Research to Target T1D at the Source

It was the dead of the night in Brisbane, Australia. Maree Doolan, then a nurse, was in the middle of a long shift. “We were messing around and decided to take our blood sugars,” she says. “I was shocked that mine was quite high, in the 280 range.

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September 23, 2021

TSLP: From Intriguing Protein to Groundbreaking Therapy

It’s the 1990s in Seattle. Grunge music is getting national play. Amazon operates out of a garage. And a mysterious protein catches the eye of Steve Ziegler, PhD.

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