We wish Charlie Sheen all the best with his health in the years to come and hope he will helps us educate all Americans about the difference between HIV and autoimmune diseases," said Virginia Ladd, executive director, AARDA
According to AARDA
, such research will lead to an understanding of how to modulate immune system activity, and may ultimately benefit not only patients with autoimmune diseases, but also transplant recipients and patients with cancer, AIDS and infectious diseases.
is the nation's only organization dedicated to bringing a national focus to autoimmunity as a category of disease and a major women's health issue, and promoting a collaborative research effort in order to find better treatments and a cure for all autoimmune diseases.
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Autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases are finally getting the national attention they rightly deserve and that is welcome news for the millions of Americans who are suffering from these diseases," said Virginia Ladd, executive director, AARDA
who served on the expert panel that developed and refined the plan.
This new study, an outgrowth of a 1997 epidemiological study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and funded by AARDA, compared the frequency of death from 24 autoimmune diseases with counts for the "official" 10 leading causes of death identified in 1995 by the National Center for Health Statistics.
According to AARDA, approximately 50 million Americans, 20 percent of the population or one in five people suffer from some 80 autoimmune diseases.
Noel Rose, AARDA
founder Virginia Ladd and GAWH founder Dr.
Ladd also announced that actress Kellie Martin, star of the NBC-TV drama "ER," will serve as national spokesperson for AARDA