Posts Tagged ‘crohns disease’

Nanoparticles target immune cells in inflammation

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I just read an excellent article on MDLinx.com that talks about a recent study where scientists use Nanoparticles to deliver anti0inflammatory medicine right to the damaged cell! Common anti-inflamatory medicines target the whole body and can sometimes  cause severe side effects. As someone with Ankylosing Spondylitis who has tried many different meds, I am ready for this technology now. Sign me up! Check out the full article here:

Autoimune Diseases and pig tapeworms?

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Pig Worms and Auto Immune Disease? Heck No! …well- Maybe

Chronic pain can be a great motivator. I am currently on the no-starch diet to decrease my inflammation and i have to say, that’s not too far off from pig worms if you ask me. Basically just cut out all the food you like. Anyway, If you had a rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease, and swallowing the eggs of a pig parasite might help, could you do it?

Their is a  team at Coronado Biosciences Inc that is banking on it.

The Massachusetts company is developing what it hopes will be a new class of treatments for autoimmune conditions. The dosage consists of thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, taken from pig feces, and added to a tablespoon of saline solution. You take it like you would cough syrup.

“In a pig, the eggs would grow into mature whipworms and reproduce, without harming their host. In humans, the same eggs barely survive two weeks.” Yet in that short amount of time it seems that they are actually changing the immune system and retraining it to prevent it from attacking the body’s own organs.

This has huge potential into what has been a difficult disease process to nail down. Dr. Joel Weinstock, Chief of gastroenterology and hepatology puts it like this, “It has the potential not only to be a drug but to provide insight into the cause of these diseases. The company is preparing to enroll 220 patients with Crohn’s disease in a midstage clinical trial. Participants will receive either a dose with 7,500 eggs from a pig whipworm or a placebo once every two weeks for 12 weeks.”

It sounds tough, and I don’t think i would offer to be a guniea pig, but like I said, Pain is a great motivator. Is your

What do you think?

Enthesitis.org | Cortisone – Common types

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Common Types of Corticosteroids

Corticosteroid is a common name for the collection of hormones which have a Cortisone-like process. They’re man-made steroids that simulate the process of cortisone. Cortisone is developed naturally in the human body and is required in regulating soreness, thus coping with injuries. Thus corticosteroids aren’t the same as other anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids are have an anti-inflammatory function and are widely-used in the medication of many illnesses such as asthma, eczema, allergic reactions, arthritis, colitis as well as kidney diseases.
Corticosteroid drugs – including cortisone, prednisone and hydrocortisone – have amazing potential in the remedy of a number of conditions, from breakouts to lupus to asthma attack. But corticosteroids also have a risk of negative effects. Using the services of your medical professional, you can do something to reduce these side effects in order that the benefits of remedy outweigh the hazards.

Corticosteroids are prescribed under many names including, but not limited to: orasone, prednisone, medrol, decadron, hydrocortisone, prednicin-m, dexamethasone, kennacort, fludrocortisone

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