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Highlighted for Sjögren's syndrome in April

Highlighted for Sjögren's syndrome in April

Sjögren's syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disorder with symptoms that may include dry mouth, is the subject of

More than 4 million Americans suffer from the disease, according to the Sjögren Syndrome Foundation (SSF).

Women account for nine in each ten patients with the syndrome, which occurs when a person's white blood cells attack the moisture-producing glands. The most common symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome include dry mouth and eyes, fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain.

According to SSF, the disease is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed in an average of 4.7 years before a correct diagnosis. The foundation encourages dentists, opticians, gynecologists and other health professionals to be alert to Sjögren's syndrome.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (nidcr.nih.gov) also have materials on Sjögren's syndrome.


Antibodies acquired during pregnancy can trigger reactions in men who can be fatal

Antibodies acquired during pregnancy can trigger reactions in men who can be fatal

31,118 Patients who received 59,320 red blood cell transfusions at six Dutch hospitals between 2005 and 2015, scientists found that nearly 4,000 patients died after receiving blood. Scientists found that male recipients who received a transfusion from a pregnant donor had a statistically significant significant of mortality compared to those who received a donation from a male donor or a female donor with no history of pregnancy.

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Breast cancer: high fiber diet in youth may reduce risk

Breast cancer: high fiber diet in youth may reduce risk

Women who eat more fiber-rich foods when adolescents and young people - especially fruits and vegetables - may have a significant decrease in the risk of developing breast cancer than those who eat less fiber, according to a Harvard researchers study that looked at more than 90,000 women. They found that the risk of developing breast cancer was between 12% and 19% lower in women who had a higher fiber diet in early adulthood.

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