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How often do older women need bone scans? Most women with normal or near-normal scores of bone density on an initial test may not need another one for up to 15 years. Time, 01/19/12.

An explanation of autoimmune inner ear disease. Autoimmune inner ear disease occurs when a person's immune system attacks body cells rather than fights infection in the body. Autoimmune attacks in the inner ear result in progressive hearing loss. Bismarck Tribune, 12/25/2011. (Also see Autoimmune Ear Disease)

Dasatinib Could Increase Risk for Pulmonary Hypertension. The FDA has warned that dasatinib (Sprycel, Bristol-Myers Squibb) may increase the risk for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Dasatinib is used to treat certain types of leukemia, and is sometimes used off-label for other cancers. TheHeart.org, Dec, 2012. (Also see Causes of Pulmonary Hypertension)

Inflammation, Growth Factors, and Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling. Inflammatory processes involving cellular effectors, chemokines, cytokines, and growth factors play a preponderant role in the vascular remodeling characteristic of PAH. J Am Coll Cardiol, 2009; 54:10-19. (Also see Causes of Pulmonary Hypertension)

Swallowing therapy- A feast to remember. There's food at every place setting in anticipation of a feast and that's no small feat. Many of the invitees hadn't eating in years, until they started therapy. ABC, WZVN-HD, 12/28/2011. (Also see Dysphagia)

Nutrition a key element in fighting autoimmune diseases. Exactly what brings on an autoimmune disease remains a mystery, but scientists have found genetic links. However, genetics alone do not seal your fate — it's a combination of factors including environmental impacts, such as infections, toxins, drugs or diet. Chicago Tribune Health, 12/21/2011. (Also see Scleroderma Food Guide)

Endometriosis Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). New research has found that women with endometriosis are at least twice as likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. DailyRx.

Multiple Sclerosis may not be autoimmune disease. Dr. Angelique suggests instead that MS is caused by faulty lipid metabolism — in many ways more similar to coronary atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries — than to other autoimmune diseases. UPI, 01/01/12. (Also see Multiple Sclerosis)

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