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How Does Acupuncture Work? Perhaps by Sending Signals Through Connective Tissue by Marilyn Yohe, L.Ac., MAOM Licensed AcupuncturistHealth MavenComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted Fri 02 Mar 2012 4:29pm Usually when people ask me this question — how exactly does acupuncture work, in biological terms? — I just give the honest answer.  We really don’t know. Acupuncture points and channels do not seem to follow any of the physical body structures we’re familiar with — the nervous system, the circulatory system, or the lymph system.  In fact, ... Read on »
Connective tissue disease by Jan Posted Sat 01 May 2010 12:00am A connective tissue disease is any disease that has the connective tissues of the body as a target of pathology. Connective tissue is any type of biological tissue with an extensive extracellular matrix that supports, binds together, and protects organs. These tissues form a framework, or matrix, for the body, and are composed of two major str ... Read on »
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD by Jan Posted Fri 11 Sep 2009 4:57pm Synonyms Connective Tissue Disease MCTD Disorder Subdivisions None Related Disorders List Information on the following diseases can be found in the Related Disorders section of this report: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) Scleroderma Polymyositis Rheumatoid arthritis. General Discussion Mixed connective tis ... Read on »
Immune Cell and Vascular Dysfunction is Responsible for The connective Tissue Fibrosis in Scleroderma by Jan Posted Fri 11 Sep 2009 4:58pm Scleroderma is heterogeneous and life threatening and is characterised by the excessive extracellular matrix deposition within connective tissue of the body (i.e. skin and visceral organs). In addition to fibrosis, scleroderma is also characterised by prominent vascular and immunological abnormalities, that are associated with and often pr ... Read on »
Detailed Information on Mixed Connective Tissue Disease by Jan Posted Fri 11 Sep 2009 4:57pm Mixed Connective Tissue Disease is also known as Sharp syndrome. Mixed connective tissue disease is a rheumatic disease that has features shared by lupus, scleroderma, polymyosistis or dermatomyositis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is a disorder of the immune system, which normally functions to defend the body against invading infections and canc ... Read on »
Connective Tissue Growth Factor Gene Expression in Tissue Sections From Localized Scleroderma, Keloid, and Other Fibrotic Skin D by Jan Posted Tue 19 Oct 2010 12:00am Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a novel peptide that exhibits platelet-derived growth factor- like activities and is produced by skin fibroblasts after activation with transforming growth factor-. Coordinate expression of transforming growth factor- followed by CTGF during wound repair suggests a cascade process for control of ... Read on »
Systemic sclerosis and related connective tissue diseases: present and future by Jan Posted Sat 07 Nov 2009 10:02pm By Lewis J. Rubin and Colleague In April 2006, 30 international experts gathered in Athens, Greece, to discuss systemic sclerosis (SSc) and related connective tissue diseases (CTDs). SSc is a clinically heterogeneous and complex disease that is characterized by vascular dysfunction, vascular and extravascular fibrosis, and characteristic immune ... Read on »
Connective tissue metabolism including cytokines in scleroderma by Jan Posted Tue 29 Jun 2010 12:00am Abstract A growing body of evidence is shedding light on how vascular injury, tissue mononuclear cell infiltrates, and fibrogenesis are related in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis. Recent evidence points to a role for adhesion molecules in the binding of mononuclear leukocytes to endothelium and transvascular migration of these cell ... Read on »
Cytotoxic activity of sera from scleroderma and other connective tissue diseases. lack of cellular and disease specificity by Jan Posted Sun 07 Nov 2010 12:00am It has been suggested that serum-mediated endothelial cell injury in scleroderma might contribute to disease pathogenesis. We compared the effect of serum from 28 scleroderma patients on human umbilical cord vein endothelial cell and human foreskin fibroblast proliferation with sera from 28 healthy controls, 13 patients with isolated Raynaud's ... Read on »
Connective Tissue Disease And Overlap Syndromes by Jan Posted Fri 09 Oct 2009 10:04pm The connective tissue diseases are a family of closely related disorders. They include: rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), polymyositis-dermatomyositis (PM-DM), systemic sclerosis (SSc or scleroderma), Sjogren’s syndrome (SS) and various forms of vasculitis. These diseases have a number of common features: ... Read on »