Article written by Children's Hospital and
Regional Medical Center of Seattle April 6, 2007
A new study identifies a connection between allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, and autoimmune diseases.
A new study by researchers at Children’s and the University of Washington (UW) identifies a connection between allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, and autoimmune diseases. The study was published in the April 1 edition of Nature Immunology.
Approximately 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years. These diseases also comprise a significant portion of chronic childhood disorders. Autoimmune disease refers to a group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses including diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood, and blood vessel. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar—the body’s immune system (including B and/or T immune cells) becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect.