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WINSTON-SALEM - U.S. scientists said they have found evidence that the abnormal “editing” of gene messages in a type of white blood cell might be the cause of lupus.
Researchers at Wake Forest University said they hope the finding will lead to earlier diagnosis, a way to monitor patients’ response to therapy and possibly a new way to treat the disease.
Assistant Professor Dama Laxminarayana explained it is protein molecules that carry out the instructions of genes and determine how an organism looks, how well its body metabolizes food or fights infection, and how it behaves.
He said that in systemic lupus erythematosus, the normal editing process goes awry, causing a shift in the balance of proteins that results in impaired functions in T cells - a type of white blood cell involved in the regulation of immune functions.
Impaired T cell function is a hallmark of lupus - a complex chronic autoimmune disorder that can range from a benign skin disorder to severe, life-threatening multisystem disease. It primarily affects women in their child-bearing years and is more common in blacks.
The study’s findings are reported online in the journal Immunology.
Exit polling OK near voting places
PIERRE - A federal judge has approved a legal settlement that allows exit polling within 100 feet of voting places in South Dakota.
State officials reached an agreement with six news organizations that had sued to strike down a South Dakota law that barred exit polling near voting places.
In a document filed yesterday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol of Sioux Falls approved the agreement, which stops state officials from enforcing the distance restrictions in the June 3 primary and subsequent elections.
The lawsuit was filed by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and the Associated Press. The news organizations sponsor the exit polls that question people after they vote to find out their views and determine why they voted as they did.
Penalty overturned for ticket-writing cop
DALLAS - A Dallas city government official has overturned the suspension of a police sergeant who instructed officers to invent occupations for citation recipients.
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