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Women and Autoimmune Disease The Mysterious Ways Your Body Betrays Itself

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ISBN-10: 0060081503

ISBN-13: 9780060081508

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert G. Lahita

List price: $16.99
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A cutting-edge examination of the mysterious world of autoimmune disease -- and the new discoveries made daily that may save women's lives Autoimmune diseases -- including chronic fatigue syndrome, vasculitis, juvenile diabetes, alopecia, Graves' disease, Sjgren's syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis -- are among the most devastating conditions afflicting women today and the most resistant to diagnosis and treatment. In all of them, the body's immune system begins to attack healthy and normally functioning cells. And one of the biggest puzzles is why 80 percent of autoimmune disease sufferers are women. In this groundbreaking book, world-class immunologist Dr.…    
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction
What is an Autoimmune Disease?
The Immune System: First Line of Defense
Autoimmune Diseases
The Autoimmune Diseases
The Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Sticky Blood
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Murder in the Village: The Case of the Homicidal Antibody
Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes: When Sweetness Falls from Grace
Multiple Sclerosis: Electricity without Insulation
Pandas: The Jekyll and Hyde Syndrome
Streptococcal Infection and Rheumatic Fever: A Bacterial Mime
Vasculitis: Destroyed Pipes
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: The Red Wolf
Alopecia Universalis: Bald All Over
Sjogren's Syndrome: Dry as a Desert
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: Disabling the Body's Nuclear Reactor
Autoimmune Disease of the Liver: Lucky Woman Thrown by a Horse
Scleroderma: The Woman with Thick Skin
Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis: Ragged Fibers
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Like Swimming through a Bowl of Jell-O
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Silicone Implant Syndrome: The Mystery Diseases
Treatments
Drugs and Other Therapies: Harnessing the Immune System
Alternative and Complementary Therapies: From Acupuncture to Zinc
Glossary
Suggested Reading
Helpful Organizations
Index