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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.
Scientists identifies new genetic changes that increase risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma

Scientists identifies new genetic changes that increase risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma

Scientists use computer analysis to complete antibody blueprint

Scientists use computer analysis to complete antibody blueprint

Researchers discover critical trigger for leading form of vision loss

Researchers discover critical trigger for leading form of vision loss

Newly discovered drug-like compound may revolutionize treatment of autoimmune diseases

Newly discovered drug-like compound may revolutionize treatment of autoimmune diseases

Environmental triggers may play role in development of Lupus

Environmental triggers may play role in development of Lupus

MGH researchers identify first effective treatment option for autoimmune small-fiber polyneuropathy

MGH researchers identify first effective treatment option for autoimmune small-fiber polyneuropathy

Study finds link between lupus and elevated risk of dementia

Study finds link between lupus and elevated risk of dementia

Study shows lupus support line as valuable resource to help patients cope with disease

Study shows lupus support line as valuable resource to help patients cope with disease

Obesity linked to worse patient-reported outcomes in women with lupus

Obesity linked to worse patient-reported outcomes in women with lupus

Dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may affect outcomes in lupus patients

Dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may affect outcomes in lupus patients

Online consultation via mobile app reduces costs and delays for rheumatic disease patients

Online consultation via mobile app reduces costs and delays for rheumatic disease patients

Vitamin D insufficiency associated with higher rates of renal disease in lupus patients

Vitamin D insufficiency associated with higher rates of renal disease in lupus patients

UH professors developing new home test kit for kidney nephritis

UH professors developing new home test kit for kidney nephritis

E-cigarettes may activate distinctive and potentially damaging immune responses, study reveals

E-cigarettes may activate distinctive and potentially damaging immune responses, study reveals

Study provides deeper understanding on mechanisms of lipid-based autoimmune disease

Study provides deeper understanding on mechanisms of lipid-based autoimmune disease

Findings suggest e-cigarettes may be just as bad as traditional cigarettes

Findings suggest e-cigarettes may be just as bad as traditional cigarettes

UAB expert provides in-depth understanding of food-borne illnesses

UAB expert provides in-depth understanding of food-borne illnesses

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S.

Calcium controls use of glucose by T cells to multiply and battle against infection, study finds

Calcium controls use of glucose by T cells to multiply and battle against infection, study finds

New guideline on care of adults with lupus published

New guideline on care of adults with lupus published