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Newswise: Half of Lupus Rashes Harbor High Levels of Bacteria Responsible for Infections
Released: 6-Feb-2020 2:30 PM EST
Half of Lupus Rashes Harbor High Levels of Bacteria Responsible for Infections
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study finds that one side effect of lupus could also make patients with the autoimmune condition more vulnerable to a skin infection, or spreading the infection to others.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 2:30 PM EST
Survey: More than Half of Male Patients with Lupus Report Feeling Depressed, Receiving Little Support
Hospital for Special Surgery

Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City launched a nationwide survey to assess the needs of male patients and found that 58% reported feeling depressed for several days or more than half the days in the previous two weeks.

Newswise: Here’s a playbook for stopping deadly cytokine storm syndrome
Released: 11-Nov-2019 12:20 PM EST
Here’s a playbook for stopping deadly cytokine storm syndrome
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB pediatric rheumatologist Randy Cron gets calls from doctors around the globe asking if their patients have cytokine storm syndrome. Now he has co-authored the first textbook on this mysterious and deadly condition with his former trainee.

6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Limited Availability of Lupus Laboratory Tests, Such As ANA, in Developing Nations Affects Global Usefulness of Criteria and Clinical Trials
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, supportive laboratory assays to diagnose lupus, specifically the antinuclear antibody (ANA) test, are less often offered in developing nations due to a relative lack of resources.

Newswise: Medicaid Patients with Lupus Undergoing Coronary Revascularization have Higher 30-Day Death Rate Compared to Those with Diabetes Mellitus
6-Nov-2019 12:00 PM EST
Medicaid Patients with Lupus Undergoing Coronary Revascularization have Higher 30-Day Death Rate Compared to Those with Diabetes Mellitus
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

New research found that the 30-day death rate for Medicaid patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who underwent coronary revascularization procedures for cardiovascular disease was double that of patients with diabetes mellitus who underwent the same procedures. This study will be presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting (Abstract # 897).

Newswise: Nearly 1 in 3 Patients with Lupus Use Prescription Opioids for Pain
Released: 26-Sep-2019 2:15 PM EDT
Nearly 1 in 3 Patients with Lupus Use Prescription Opioids for Pain
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study finds nearly one in three adults with lupus use prescription opioids to manage pain, despite a lack of evidence that opioids are effective for reducing pain from rheumatic diseases.

Newswise: How IL-6 allows the immune response to develop for a key cell, the T follicular helper
Released: 13-Sep-2019 3:05 PM EDT
How IL-6 allows the immune response to develop for a key cell, the T follicular helper
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A preclinical study published in Science Immunology shows how the interplay of two interleukin signaling proteins, IL-6 and IL-2, affects the development of T follicular helper cells and germinal centers. Thus, the research may help guide future disease treatment for autoimmune diseases like lupus.

Newswise: Kim Kardashian West impacted by autoimmune disease, a major women’s health issue.
Released: 12-Sep-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Kim Kardashian West impacted by autoimmune disease, a major women’s health issue.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)

Named a major women’s health issue by the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, it is no surprise that the number of celebrities impacted by autoimmune disease is on the rise. Kim Kardashian West recently opened up about the impact of autoimmune disease on her life. Other celebrities with autoimmune disease diagnoses include Venus Williams, Selena Gomez, and Missy Elliott.

Newswise: Children’s Book is Valuable Resource for Youngsters with Lupus
Released: 28-Aug-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Children’s Book is Valuable Resource for Youngsters with Lupus
Hospital for Special Surgery

A children’s book published by Hospital for Special Surgery for youngsters with lupus not only explains the illness, but offers a message of encouragement and hope. The book, written by a hospital volunteer with lupus, has received excellent reviews from health professionals around the country.

Released: 8-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Augustana University Professor’s Research Leads to Surprising Mating Decision in Butterfly Species
Augustana University, South Dakota

The males of one species of butterfly are more attracted to females that are active, not necessarily what they look like, according to a recent research conducted at Augustana University.The paper, “Behaviour before beauty: Signal weighting during mate selection in the butterfly Papilio polytes,” found that males of the species noticed the activity levels of potential female mates, not their markings.


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