$PRVB Maybe people can better relate to another disease which may also be autoimmune related, Parkinson's. It can be treated with drugs which over time become less effective. If there was a way to prevent Parkinson's from developing would insurance companies pay for the treatment. No doubt in my mind. Pretty interesting recent Parkinson's study. We are already where they some day hope to be. A new study co-led by scientists at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) adds increasing evidence that Parkinson's disease is partly an autoimmune disease. In fact, the researchers report that signs of autoimmunity can appear in Parkinson's disease patients years before their official diagnosis. The research could make it possible to someday detect Parkinson's disease before the onset of debilitating motor symptoms -- and potentially intervene with therapies to slow the disease progression.