Autoimmune disease represents a class of illnesses in which the immune system that protects us from infection attacks healthy cells in the body. Not much is known about the root cause of these diseases. More than 50 million Americans are affected by autoimmune diseases. However, statistics demonstrate women are more affected by these diseases than men, and among women particularly Native American, Hispanic, and African-American women. Diagnosis of these diseases are particularly difficult as symptoms seem linked to stress or other unrelated causes. It is believed that autoimmune diseases may have a hereditary component, however, studies are still being conducted to understand the root causes and best treatments for such diseases.


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