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The Environmentautoimmune Link

By Phelps, Jerry

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Book Id: WPLBN0000183368
Format Type: PDF eBook
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: The Environmentautoimmune Link  
Author: Phelps, Jerry
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Excerpt: Autoimmune diseases are chronic, frequently life-threatening conditions that strike when the immune system goes awry and attacks the bodys own tissues. Although some autoimmune diseases?such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?are relatively common, many of the more than 80 identified diseases are rare. However, overall, autoimmune diseases are the third most common group of diseases in the United States; they affect an estimated 14?22 million Americans and are responsible for significant morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures. Many strike women and minority populations disproportionately. For example, 85% of SLE patients are female, and minorities have a two- to threefold greater risk of developing the disease.


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