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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), also called lupus, is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the immune system attacking the body's own tissues and organs, leading to inflammation and damage. The severity of the disease varies, from mild cases only involving the skin to severe cases affecting multiple organs, including the brain. Lupus sufferers experience flares, or intervals of active disease, and remissions in disease. The disease most predominantly occurs in women of childbearing age, but also affects children, adolescents, and men. While the cause of lupus is still unknown, various genetic, environmental, and infectious causes have been associated with its development. Current treatments for lupus vary depending on the extent of the disease, and may change over time. Some medications used to ease symptoms include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antimalarial drugs, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressive medications, though many of these drugs carry their own risks.
UMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first time

UMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first time

It is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new study

It is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new study

Study shows potential culprit behind Lupus

Study shows potential culprit behind Lupus

Scientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsis

Scientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsis

New research offers hints to origins of systemic lupus erythematosus

New research offers hints to origins of systemic lupus erythematosus

Scientists discover pathway that prevents buildup of Alzheimer's protein

Scientists discover pathway that prevents buildup of Alzheimer's protein

Researchers identify new clues on tissue damage in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

Researchers identify new clues on tissue damage in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

The immune system in women may be different from men finds study

The immune system in women may be different from men finds study

Promising methods for early detection and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Promising methods for early detection and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers develop NO-scavenging hydrogel for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers develop NO-scavenging hydrogel for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Scientific discovery may lead to a treatment for lupus

Scientific discovery may lead to a treatment for lupus

Researchers find new molecular targets for fighting autoimmunity

Researchers find new molecular targets for fighting autoimmunity

Newly identified internal regulator helps control body's response to fight infection

Newly identified internal regulator helps control body's response to fight infection

Research could lead to new treatments for people with autoimmune disorders

Research could lead to new treatments for people with autoimmune disorders

An 84-year-old man saves neighbor's life, becomes oldest living kidney donor in the U.S.

An 84-year-old man saves neighbor's life, becomes oldest living kidney donor in the U.S.

Important differences found in characteristics, progression of lupus among racial/ethnic groups

Important differences found in characteristics, progression of lupus among racial/ethnic groups

New study shows how a kidney biopsy can be used to tailor treatment for lupus patients

New study shows how a kidney biopsy can be used to tailor treatment for lupus patients

‘A Vision for Lupus’ report highlights gaps and inconsistencies in care for lupus patients

‘A Vision for Lupus’ report highlights gaps and inconsistencies in care for lupus patients

HSS researchers provide better understanding of the cellular mechanisms driving rheumatoid arthritis

HSS researchers provide better understanding of the cellular mechanisms driving rheumatoid arthritis

Adverse childhood experiences associated with worse lupus symptoms

Adverse childhood experiences associated with worse lupus symptoms