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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 finds new theory for gender differences in occurrence of autoimmune diseases

Study finds new theory for gender differences in occurrence of autoimmune diseases

Diuretic drug may be just as effective as oral antibiotics to treat acne in female patients

Diuretic drug may be just as effective as oral antibiotics to treat acne in female patients

New study finds no link between HPV vaccination and risk of autoimmune disorders

New study finds no link between HPV vaccination and risk of autoimmune disorders

AARDA collaborates with Allegheny Health Network and new AHN Autoimmunity Institute

AARDA collaborates with Allegheny Health Network and new AHN Autoimmunity Institute

UAB expert highlights need to do more trials in the epidemic center of disease

UAB expert highlights need to do more trials in the epidemic center of disease

Obesity linked with worse symptoms for lupus patients

Obesity linked with worse symptoms for lupus patients

Researchers uncover role of ROS in clearing dead cells

Researchers uncover role of ROS in clearing dead cells

UTSW study provides insight into potential new therapeutic approaches for skin diseases

UTSW study provides insight into potential new therapeutic approaches for skin diseases

Compound derived from immune cells treats psoriasis in mice

Compound derived from immune cells treats psoriasis in mice

Study uncovers mechanism causing chronic GVHD after bone marrow transplant

Study uncovers mechanism causing chronic GVHD after bone marrow transplant

Researchers create new compound that appears to activate cancer-fighting T cells

Researchers create new compound that appears to activate cancer-fighting T cells

University Hospitals study suggests strong connection between IBD and heart attacks

University Hospitals study suggests strong connection between IBD and heart attacks

IQuity launches pioneering RNA-based blood test to diagnose fibromyalgia

IQuity launches pioneering RNA-based blood test to diagnose fibromyalgia

Inflammatory bowel disease linked to elevated risk of heart attack

Inflammatory bowel disease linked to elevated risk of heart attack

Scientists explore factors that most affect our immune system

Scientists explore factors that most affect our immune system

Report highlights needs, experiences of people with rare autoimmune rheumatic diseases

Report highlights needs, experiences of people with rare autoimmune rheumatic diseases

High blood pressure drug may also help prevent onset of type 1 diabetes

High blood pressure drug may also help prevent onset of type 1 diabetes

ACR receives grant to focus on projects that reduce health disparities

ACR receives grant to focus on projects that reduce health disparities

Doctors learn how to talk to patients about dying

Doctors learn how to talk to patients about dying

Researchers discover molecule that enhances cartilage regeneration and curbs inflammation

Researchers discover molecule that enhances cartilage regeneration and curbs inflammation