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Research

Virtual Reality, Pain Relief, and Lupus

Medications

Remission and Lupus

Although lupus is not a curable disease, it can be treated to the point...

Research

Refractory Lupus: A Different Approach

Some people with lupus don’t find relief from their symptoms with normal treatment. This...

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Mesenchymal Stromal Cells, Cellular Therapy, and Lupus

Cellular therapy, such as Mesenchymal Stromal Cells, might succeed where other lupus treatments fail for people with SLE.  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases involve body’s natural inflammatory response, which the body uses to fight...

Research

The History of Lupus

Lupus has a long history of being misunderstood. However, here in the 21st century, we can finally do something about it! Lupus is a difficult disease to research and understand, and it is still heavily misunderstood. What we do know is that lupus...

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Lupus

Traumatic events can lead to mental strife that lasts a lifetime. Not only that, they cause physical symptoms, too -- even making a person more susceptible to lupus flares. Changes in hormone levels, stress-linked protein levels occur in response to trauma. These events can even mark...

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

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...