Lupus

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.
What is Lupus?

Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, is a disease that affects your immune system. Normally, your immune system fights infections caused by germs.

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Could a flavonoid found in common fruit and vegetables combat COVID-19?

Could a flavonoid found in common fruit and vegetables combat COVID-19?

Researchers identify factors linked to poor outcomes in patients with childhood-onset lupus

Researchers identify factors linked to poor outcomes in patients with childhood-onset lupus

New study uncovers potential therapeutic target for lupus

New study uncovers potential therapeutic target for lupus

Lupus patients with lower vitamin D levels more likely to have metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance

Lupus patients with lower vitamin D levels more likely to have metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance

Lupus Research Alliance announces recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Innovator Award

Lupus Research Alliance announces recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Innovator Award

NTU scientists design new compound that could help reduce overactive immune response

NTU scientists design new compound that could help reduce overactive immune response

New compound can reduce overactivation without impairing the body's immunity response

New compound can reduce overactivation without impairing the body's immunity response

Coronavirus deranges the immune system in complex and deadly ways

Coronavirus deranges the immune system in complex and deadly ways

New approach harnesses disease-causing proteins to combat cancer

New approach harnesses disease-causing proteins to combat cancer

Anti-phospholipid antibodies in severely ill patients not distinctive to COVID-19, says study

Anti-phospholipid antibodies in severely ill patients not distinctive to COVID-19, says study

Tumors use unique mechanism to switch on regulatory T cells for protection

Tumors use unique mechanism to switch on regulatory T cells for protection

COVID-19 may alter host proteins to cause autoimmunity

COVID-19 may alter host proteins to cause autoimmunity

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Companies pan for marketing gold in vaccines

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Juvenile inflammatory rheumatic disease associated with higher antibody responses to seasonal coronaviruses

Study reveals role of platelets in the development of lupus

Study reveals role of platelets in the development of lupus

Study identifies a new factor that increases risk of Alzheimer's disease

Study identifies a new factor that increases risk of Alzheimer's disease

Inherited genetic variation may affect the response to cancer immunotherapy

Inherited genetic variation may affect the response to cancer immunotherapy

UIC researchers receive $10.15 million grant to develop treatment for dry eye conditions

UIC researchers receive $10.15 million grant to develop treatment for dry eye conditions

Researchers find possible cause for self-destructive immune system attacks in autoimmune diseases

Researchers find possible cause for self-destructive immune system attacks in autoimmune diseases

If I have cancer, dementia or MS, should i get the covid vaccine?

If I have cancer, dementia or MS, should i get the covid vaccine?