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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Lancet issues correction on paper than prompted WHO to suspend Hydroxychloroquine trial

Lancet issues correction on paper than prompted WHO to suspend Hydroxychloroquine trial

Researchers develop new method to measure hydroxychloroquine levels in SLE patients

Researchers develop new method to measure hydroxychloroquine levels in SLE patients

Researchers use optical mapping system to observe the effect of hydroxychloroquine

Researchers use optical mapping system to observe the effect of hydroxychloroquine

Study examines changes in prescription patterns during COVID-19 pandemic

Study examines changes in prescription patterns during COVID-19 pandemic

Treatment with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine offers no benefit for COVID-19 patients

Treatment with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine offers no benefit for COVID-19 patients

Australian COVID-19 prevention trial begins for frontline and allied healthcare workers

Australian COVID-19 prevention trial begins for frontline and allied healthcare workers

Researchers develop novel method to diagnose and monitor autoimmune disorders

Researchers develop novel method to diagnose and monitor autoimmune disorders

Gene variants can increase risk of schizophrenia, shows study

Gene variants can increase risk of schizophrenia, shows study

NIH begins clinical study to evaluate hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for COVID-19

NIH begins clinical study to evaluate hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for COVID-19

ACTG initiates clinical trial to evaluate treatment for COVID-19

ACTG initiates clinical trial to evaluate treatment for COVID-19

C-Path, Provention Bio collaborate to improve scientific community's insight into type 1 diabetes

C-Path, Provention Bio collaborate to improve scientific community's insight into type 1 diabetes

Study provides genetic explanation behind the sex bias observed in certain diseases

Study provides genetic explanation behind the sex bias observed in certain diseases

Hydroxychloroquine is not effective against COVID-19, extensive U.S. study shows

Hydroxychloroquine is not effective against COVID-19, extensive U.S. study shows

Microbiome controls the fitness of our immune system

Microbiome controls the fitness of our immune system

Clinical trial launched to evaluate experimental COVID-19 therapies

Clinical trial launched to evaluate experimental COVID-19 therapies

Study finds race-specific lupus nephritis biomarkers for early diagnosis, treatment

Study finds race-specific lupus nephritis biomarkers for early diagnosis, treatment

Hydroxychloroquine shown to slow recovery for COVID-19 patients

Hydroxychloroquine shown to slow recovery for COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 progression linked to B cell activation

COVID-19 progression linked to B cell activation

Temple University Hospital is offering COVID-19 clinical trials, investigational treatments options

Temple University Hospital is offering COVID-19 clinical trials, investigational treatments options

Online searches for unproven therapies for COVID-19

Online searches for unproven therapies for COVID-19