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LupusCorner: Year In Review

Living with Lupus

LupusCorner Community: What’s New & Noteworthy

Here is a quick roundup from our LupusCorner community, including survey results...

Local Support

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Lupus

Traumatic events can lead to mental strife that lasts a lifetime. Not...

Living with Lupus

Menstruation and Lupus

Because changing hormone levels effect the immune system in a big way, menstruation cycles, also known as periods, can seriously effect lupus symptoms. Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects women. In fact, 78% of people with autoimmune...

Medications

Antimalarial Drugs and Lupus

Antimalarial drugs are medications that were originally used to treat malaria. But, research shows they are also highly effective at combatting lupus. Antimalarials are used to treat malaria, a parasitic infection caused by the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The parasite eats red blood cells, causing...

Living with Lupus

Women and Lupus: The Impact of Genetics & Hormones

Genetics and hormones both contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases. And, women are nine times more likely than men to be battling autoimmune diseases like lupus. Autoimmune diseases are a broad collection of over 100 diseases characterized by autoimmunity -- a condition where the body's immune...

Living with Lupus

Direct-To-Family (Decentralized) Clinical Trials

Direct-to-family -- also known as decentralized or remote -- clinical trials could open the doors for new treatments and understanding of lupus. One of the main hurdles to lupus drug development is getting enough people for a clinical trial. Clinical trials assess the effectiveness...

Living with Lupus

What is Autoimmune Hypophysitis?

Autoimmune hypophysitis is a chronic inflammation of the pituitary gland that can happen alongside autoimmune diseases like lupus. It leads to a host of additional symptoms. Autoimmune hypophysitis (AH or lymphocytic hypophysotis) is chronic inflammation of the pituitary gland. This causes the gland to...

Living with Lupus

Social Determinants of Health and Lupus

Again, and again, research shows that the environment that one lives has a significant impact on health -- just like genes or your diet -- when it comes to lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease caused by inflammation in the body. As such, it is heavily...

Living with Lupus

Platelet Counts, Thrombocytopenia, and Lupus

Lupus can have far reaching impacts throughout the body. Low platelet count, also known as thrombocytopenia, is a common symptom. Platelets are cells in the bloodstream that clump together on injury to prevent bleeding. Platelets are produced in the bone marrow and are found throughout the...

Diagnosis

AI, Machine-Based Learning Software, and Lupus

Will artificial intelligence help us better understand lupus? The answer is yes, through the process of machine learning. (Powered by the correct data of course) “Machine learning” is a term for a type of artificial intelligence or “AI” that adapts and changes how it...

Diagnosis and Tests

FDA Approves Aurinia Pharmaceuticals’ LUPKYNIS for Adult Patients with Active Lupus Nephritis

LUPKYNIS (voclosporin) is the first FDA-approved oral therapy for lupus nephritis, a condition that causes irreversible kidney damage and increases the risk of kidney failure, cardiac events, and death. On Monday, January 25, 2021, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved LUPKYNIS (voclosporin) to...