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what is the mechanism through which TLR 7 agonist causes autoimmune disease?

TLR 7 agonist has been linked with development of autoimmune disease, namely lupus like disease. The question is, why does it happen? I think a mechanism of why it happens would also reveal answers to ...
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Can one be diagnosed with Lupus without the "Butterfly" rash ever occuring?

Theoretically, if one had the majority of the symptoms for Lupus, and even tested positive for SLE via a ANA blood test result, but still hasn't had a "Butterfly" rash ever to appear -- could they ...
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Knowing the root cause of one's hypothyroidism? How to know if it's Hashimotos Disease?

Ever since I was a teenager, I've been treated for hypothyrodism (underactive thyrodid). However, I don't recall the official diagnosis process and am not sure if it was ever conducted. My grandmother,...
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Positive ANA test suggestive of Lupus/SLE, but is 1:160 still ambiguous?

I was referred to a Rheumatologist earlier this year due to all my symptoms: constant fatigue, getting sick all the time by every little thing, having unexplained fevers, having constant joint pain, ...
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Swab tests reveals I have a staph infection. Can it tell if it's MRSA? Or is that a different test? If so, can that distinguish HA-MRSA & C-MRSA?

I had a blistered rash that kept spreading so my doctor took a swab to see if there was any kind of bacterial cultures present. The results came back today -- I am positive for a staph infection. ...
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How is sunlight a Lupus trigger for some? What exactly about the sun often causes Lupus flare-ups?

There are different triggers for those diagnosed with Lupus, and a common trigger is sunlight. What is it about the sunlight the causes the body to start attacking itself? Does the body not know how ...
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Top medications to treat symptoms of Lupus?

Being new to the Lupus world, I am hearing conflicting views from all sorts of physicians (living both in Canada and the USA). What are the top medications to treat the symptoms of Lupus? I heard ...
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Are Lupus patients typically good candidates for total ankle replacements?

I was very recently diagnosed with Lupus. But ive always had arthritis problems because i was born with congenital bone fusions so throughout my life I've had a series of surgeries, including a triple ...
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Do collagen supplements help ease some of the symtoms of Lupus?

As someone recently diagnosed with borderline Lupus (I have all the symptoms except the butterfly rash), my doc recommended collagen supplements. Does it truly help ease the symptoms joint paint in ...
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Why are inflammatory arthritides worse at night and in the morning?

In general, inflammatory arthritides tend to be worse at night and in the morning. For example, the morning stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis is classically worse in the morning. This is ...
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Can regular immersion in cold water cause loss of hearing?

I recently found this from Wikipedia: The cause of Beethoven's deafness is unknown, but it has variously been attributed to typhus, auto-immune disorders (such as systemic lupus erythematosus), ...
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