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More Known About Proteins That Cause Autoimmune Diseases
Date:1/17/2012

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"Previous estimates of ANA prevalence have varied widely and were conducted in small studies not representative of the general population," Dr. Frederick Miller, a study author and acting clinical director at NIEHS, said in the release.

"Having this large data set that is representative of the general U.S. population and includes nearly 5,000 individuals provides us with an accurate estimate of ANA and may allow new insights into the [causes] of autoimmune diseases," he noted.

The presence of autoantibodies does not necessarily mean a person will develop an autoimmune disease. Drugs, cancer, infections and other factors can also cause autoantibodies in some people.

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The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about autoimmune diseases.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, news release, Jan. 13, 2012


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