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Supporters Poised to Mark World Sjögren’s Day on July 23

From sharing inspirational stories to educating others, supporters are poised to mark World Sjögren’s Day, observed annually on July 23 to raise awareness about the disease. Awareness and education are crucial to increasing the recognition, diagnosis, understanding, and management of Sjögren’s syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disorder that predominantly affects…

Lymphocytes in Lip Salivary Glands May Predict Lymphoma

The number of lymphocytes — a type of immune blood cell — in the salivary glands of the lip could help identify patients with Sjögren’s syndrome who are at increased risk for developing lymphoma, a new study has found. The study, “A biomarker for lymphoma development in Sjogren’s…

Immune T-Cells May Be Useful Indicator of Disease Activity

A subset of immune cells, called CD4+CD8+ T-cells, is increased in the blood of patients with Sjögren’s syndrome, and their levels seem to correlate with lower disease activity, according to a small study. The findings suggest doctors could make use of those cells to track or even control how…

Damaged Mitochondria May Drive Autoimmunity

Abnormalities in how mitochondria are “recycled” by cells could contribute to autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome, a new study indicates. The study, “IRGM1 links mitochondrial quality control to autoimmunity,” was published in Nature Immunology. Often referred to as the “powerhouse of the cell,” mitochondria are cellular structures that…