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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.
Discovery could be used to prevent viral infection and autoimmunity

Discovery could be used to prevent viral infection and autoimmunity

Location matters for inflammation clearance

Location matters for inflammation clearance

Surprising discovery about BH4 may rekindle interest in once-promising pathway

Surprising discovery about BH4 may rekindle interest in once-promising pathway

Researchers reveal link between autoimmune and cardiovascular disease in mice

Researchers reveal link between autoimmune and cardiovascular disease in mice

Scientists figure out way to measure fetal cardiac electrical activity

Scientists figure out way to measure fetal cardiac electrical activity

Scientists pinpoint TIM-3 protein as next potential target for immunotherapy treatments

Scientists pinpoint TIM-3 protein as next potential target for immunotherapy treatments

NHS comes up with a list of 20 most painful conditions

NHS comes up with a list of 20 most painful conditions

New approach may lead to better diagnostic techniques for autoimmune disorders

New approach may lead to better diagnostic techniques for autoimmune disorders

Volunteering for peer counseling programs benefits people with lupus

Volunteering for peer counseling programs benefits people with lupus

Genentech’s combination therapy improves outcome in patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer

Genentech’s combination therapy improves outcome in patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer

Pilot clinical trial shows effectiveness of bioelectronic medicine device for lupus

Pilot clinical trial shows effectiveness of bioelectronic medicine device for lupus

Gilead Sciences presents Phase 3 results of filgotinib in biologic-experienced rheumatoid arthritis at 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting

Gilead Sciences presents Phase 3 results of filgotinib in biologic-experienced rheumatoid arthritis at 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting

AMSBIO offers new activator cell line for immune checkpoint therapy research

AMSBIO offers new activator cell line for immune checkpoint therapy research

World Arthritis Day: New campaign raises awareness for early diagnosis of rheumatic diseases

World Arthritis Day: New campaign raises awareness for early diagnosis of rheumatic diseases

Study sheds light on lupus's autoimmune origins in precursor cells

Study sheds light on lupus's autoimmune origins in precursor cells

Aggressive breast cancer hijacks normal protective physiological process to survive

Aggressive breast cancer hijacks normal protective physiological process to survive

Organs actively fighting back against autoimmune diseases, finds study

Organs actively fighting back against autoimmune diseases, finds study

New type of fatty acid can slow down overreactive immune system

New type of fatty acid can slow down overreactive immune system

New discovery could improve diagnosis and treatment of lupus in black Africans

New discovery could improve diagnosis and treatment of lupus in black Africans

Using stem cells extracted from baby teeth to regrow dental tissues

Using stem cells extracted from baby teeth to regrow dental tissues