March 1, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 5)
Strong Points: Worthy cause
Weak Points: Could be more educational
Autoimmune diseases are nothing to mess with. Just ask anyone with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In these diseases the individual’s immune system attacks his or her own health tissue as a foreign invader. Imagine multiple autoimmune diseases. Fortunately, they are not common in individuals but do occur in members of a family, and getting in touch with these people is the aim of the designers of this site. Families with a genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases provide a window of opportunity to understanding the mechanics of these diseases, which include multiple sclerosis, autoimmune thyroid disease, type I diabetes, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most of the site is aimed at making connections instead of education, unfortunately for most visitors, but the effort is a worthy one that may benefit us all.