The Encyclopedia of Autoimmune Diseases(Facts on File Library of Health and Liviing Series)

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"According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases - three-quarters of them women. Autoimmune disease results from the immune system's mistaking its own organs for invading viruses or bacteria and attacking them. Allergic asthma, muscular sclerosis, systemic lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are just a few of these diseases. They range from mild to life-threatening, and many symptoms flare up and disappear - or overlap with symptoms of other diseases - making ...
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"According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases - three-quarters of them women. Autoimmune disease results from the immune system's mistaking its own organs for invading viruses or bacteria and attacking them. Allergic asthma, muscular sclerosis, systemic lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are just a few of these diseases. They range from mild to life-threatening, and many symptoms flare up and disappear - or overlap with symptoms of other diseases - making autoimmune diseases difficult to recognize. The AARDA estimates that it takes on average seven years and five doctors before most cases are properly diagnosed. In response to this crisis, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committee in 1998 to facilitate research collaboration among NIH components, other federal agencies, and private organizations." "The Encyclopedia of Autoimmune Diseases provides clear and comprehensive information about each of the more than 80 autoimmune diseases, as well as their suspected causes, clinical features, treatment strategies, and current research. This single-volume reference presents information in easy-to-understand language. More than 300 detailed entries cover autoimmune-related medical terms and conditions, social and health care issues, at-risk groups, and recent developments in research and treatments." Eight appendixes include lists of autoimmune diseases, organizations and help groups, medical alert jewelry, websites of interest, medications commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and patient research registers. An extensive bibliography lists books and articles by disease. This one-stop resource provides an invaluable guide to anyone seeking to understand the complexities of autoimmune diseases and how they affect millions of lives.
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Approximately 22 million Americans have an autoimmune disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis and lupus). For some reason, their immune systems, designed to protect them from invading microorganisms and foreign bodies, attack their own tissues. The symptoms are common, so physicians often have trouble diagnosing them. Freelance medical writer Cassell (The Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders) and Rose (director, Johns Hopkins Ctr. for Autoimmune Disease Research) cover approximately 100 of these mysterious illnesses in clear language. Each entry includes a description and information about the condition's prevalence, seriousness, demographics, clinical presentation, complications, and treatment; where appropriate, a separate entry about research follows. A series of appendixes lists diseases alphabetically and by target organs, organizations, sources for medical alert jewelry, web sites, commonly used medications for treating rheumatoid arthritis, patient research registries, and information about research at the National Institutes of Health. Though their title doesn't reflect it, the authors also address the various parts of the immune system (lymph nodes, bone marrow), relevant anatomy and physiology (inflammation, phagocytosis), demographics (Native Americans with autoimmune disease), organizations (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association), and other diseases affecting the immune system (AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome). General medical references (e.g., The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2d ed.) cover individual diseases, and readers looking for more depth will need to consult the professional literature. In general, however, this volume is a welcome addition to public, school, and consumer health libraries because it brings everything together in one place.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816043408
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Library of Health and Living
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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