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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.
Study highlights need to educate women and medical community about risk factors of preeclampsia

Study highlights need to educate women and medical community about risk factors of preeclampsia

Improving care and educational outreach for lupus patients

Improving care and educational outreach for lupus patients

Survey says half of people with rheumatoid disease struggle to pay for treatment

Survey says half of people with rheumatoid disease struggle to pay for treatment

Gut bacterial changes influence lupus treatment results in pregnancy

Gut bacterial changes influence lupus treatment results in pregnancy

Uncovering new T cell regulatory processes could help treat autoimmune disease

Uncovering new T cell regulatory processes could help treat autoimmune disease

Study shows how the interplay of two cytokines affects development of Tfh cells

Study shows how the interplay of two cytokines affects development of Tfh cells

Disabled people marginalized by programs that are designed to support them

Disabled people marginalized by programs that are designed to support them

Research explains why many psychiatric drugs that work in the lab don’t work in people

Research explains why many psychiatric drugs that work in the lab don’t work in people

Lipid signaling pathway may enhance T cell-mediated immunotherapy

Lipid signaling pathway may enhance T cell-mediated immunotherapy

Antibody target implicated in neuropsychiatric symptoms of lupus discovered

Antibody target implicated in neuropsychiatric symptoms of lupus discovered

Breakthrough study identifies specific antibody target implicated in neuropsychiatric lupus

Breakthrough study identifies specific antibody target implicated in neuropsychiatric lupus

Blood clotting proteins in urine act as potent biomarkers for lupus

Blood clotting proteins in urine act as potent biomarkers for lupus

Researchers discover blood clotting proteins in urine as biomarkers of lupus nephritis

Researchers discover blood clotting proteins in urine as biomarkers of lupus nephritis

Obstructive sleep apnea may be one reason for treatment-resistant depression

Obstructive sleep apnea may be one reason for treatment-resistant depression

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