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7-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Research Reveals Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Pregnancy Outcomes of Patients with Lupus
Hospital for Special Surgery

While investigators have known that maternal and fetal outcomes of pregnancy among women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have improved over time, it is unknown whether the improved outcomes are shared equally among different racial and ethnic groups. Lupus has been shown to disproportionately affect minorities of childbearing age. A new study that includes researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented today at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting shows that pregnancy outcomes in women with lupus have improved in all racial and ethnic groups over the past decade, but disparities still exist.

Released: 2-Nov-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Study Finds Racial Gaps in Renal Complications Persist for Children with Lupus
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, found that while hospitalized children with juvenile lupus have fewer adverse kidney outcomes overall, significant racial gaps for developing these complications persist and do not seem to be narrowing (Abstract #0956).

Released: 1-Nov-2021 4:55 PM EDT
Nearly One Third of Lupus Patients in One Study Had Low Responses to COVID-19 Vaccines
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that nearly 30% of patients with lupus in a multi-ethnic and multi-racial study had a low response to the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Released: 1-Nov-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Hydroxychloroquine, Mainstay Lupus Treatment, Not Associated With Serious Cardiac Complication
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that hydroxychloroquine does not appear to be associated with QTc interval prolongation.

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Released: 25-Oct-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Evaluation of lupus arthritis using frequency domain optical imaging
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), commonly referred to as simply “lupus”, is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021
Newswise

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Released: 22-Jan-2021 10:20 AM EST
Cross-Country Research Collaboration Brings First Ever Lupus Estimates
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A meta-analysis of lupus finds the disease is less common than previously thought, but disproportionally affects women and racial and ethnic minorities of both sexes.

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8-May-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Sex, Genes and Vulnerability
Harvard Medical School

New work led by researchers in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard provides a clear genetic explanation behind the long-standing yet mysterious observation that some diseases occur more often, hit harder or elicit different symptoms in men or women.

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.
Autoimmune Association

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.

16-May-2019 9:05 AM EDT
Lupus Treatments Can Be Tailored to Patient's Individual Cells, Study Shows
NYU Langone Health

A new report shows how tissue samples from some lupus patients can accurately predict those more likely than not to respond to therapy.

16-May-2019 12:35 PM EDT
Bolstering Biopsies: Testing Individual Cells to Guide Treatment
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

In research that could make biopsies more useful for many diseases, scientists have used a powerful new tool to zero in on individual cells in a patient’s diseased organ and reveal the cells’ underlying glitches in gene expression—information that may allow for more precise and effective treatment. The findings, by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System, and other medical institutions, are published online today in Nature Immunology.

Newswise: Researchers identify early indicators of pregnancy complications in lupus patients
4-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers identify early indicators of pregnancy complications in lupus patients
The Rockefeller University Press

A study of pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus has identified early changes in the RNA molecules present in the blood that could be used to determine the likelihood of them developing preeclampsia. The study, which will be published April 8 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, may also help researchers develop treatments to prevent other pregnancy complications associated with lupus, including miscarriage and premature birth.

Newswise: Researchers Determine Structures of Elusive Innate Immunity Protein
Released: 6-Mar-2019 4:15 PM EST
Researchers Determine Structures of Elusive Innate Immunity Protein
UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern researchers used cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to determine the near-atomic structure of the smallest membrane protein solved to date.

13-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Lupus Strongly Linked to Imbalances in Gut Microbiome
NYU Langone Health

The disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — marked by the attack on joints, skin, and kidneys by the body’s immune system — is linked to an abnormal mix of bacteria in the gut. This is according to a new study led by scientists at NYU School of Medicine.

Newswise: New Clinical Trial Will Test Krill Oil for a Brighter Lupus Future
Released: 15-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
New Clinical Trial Will Test Krill Oil for a Brighter Lupus Future
Hospital for Special Surgery

Hospital for Special Surgery and other centers are enrolling patients in a clinical trial to determine if krill oil supplements could improve quality of life for people with lupus.

Released: 1-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Progentec Diagnostics, Inc. Raises Funds to Support Advances in Lupus Detection and Management
Progentec Diagnostics, Inc.

Progentec Diagnostics, Inc. ("Progentec"), a leader in the development of technological innovations in the field of diagnostics, today announced the completion of a second round of funding co-led by i2E and Chicago-based OCA Ventures.

Newswise: Researchers Ground-Breaking Discovery Finds New Link Between Autoimmune Diseases and a Gut Bacterium
Released: 29-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers Ground-Breaking Discovery Finds New Link Between Autoimmune Diseases and a Gut Bacterium
Queen's University Belfast

Could microbes in our guts be sending out the wrong message? Queen’s University researchers have, for the first time, found a specific microbe in the gut that pumps out protein molecules that mimic a human protein, causing the human defence system to turn on its own cells by mistake.

Newswise: Looking in Cellular Trash Cans, Finding Protein Treasures
Released: 24-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Looking in Cellular Trash Cans, Finding Protein Treasures
Weizmann Institute of Science

A Weizmann Institute team develops a novel technology for profiling protein turnover and degradation, offering new insight into diagnosis and the molecular basis of autoimmunity, cancer, neurodegeneration, and other disorders

Newswise: Study Shows Volunteering Benefits Those with Lupus
Released: 22-Oct-2018 5:30 PM EDT
Study Shows Volunteering Benefits Those with Lupus
Hospital for Special Surgery

Conventional wisdom has it that volunteering is good for you, and a study at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City shows that to be true for people with lupus volunteering in a peer support and education program.

16-Oct-2018 2:30 PM EDT
Lupus Online Awareness and Education Campaign Tests Well Among Young, at-Risk African-American and Latino Women
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Using a culturally competent, well-designed online resource helps increase awareness of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and its symptoms in at-risk patient populations, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting .

16-Oct-2018 2:30 PM EDT
Access to Rheumatology Care Decreases Hospitalizations for High-Risk Lupus Patients
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Patients with high-risk systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may have a decreased risk of hospitalization and a shorter length of stay when their access to rheumatologic care is improved, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

16-Oct-2018 2:30 PM EDT
Lupus Nephritis Recurring Less Often in Transplant Patients Due to Improved Immunosuppression Drugs
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Recurrent lupus nephritis, a severe complication for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with end-stage renal disease who undergo kidney transplant, is happening less often now compared to the past. This positive trend is likely due to improvements in the immunosuppression regimen these patients now receive, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

16-Oct-2018 2:30 PM EDT
Women Physically or Emotionally Abused in Childhood Face Significantly Increased Risk of Lupus
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Women who experienced physical or emotional abuse in childhood have a significantly increased risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) as adults, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

16-Oct-2018 2:30 PM EDT
Pregnancy Complications Have Reduced in Lupus Patients During Past Two Decades
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Over the past two decades, maternal and fetal mortality, along with important clinical outcomes, have improved in pregnancies of women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to new research findings presented this week at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

24-Sep-2018 4:00 PM EDT
Organs Are Not Just Bystanders, but May Be Active Participants in Fighting Autoimmune Disease
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Findings from mouse study suggest organs affected by autoimmune disease suppress immune cells using methods similar to those used by cancer cells to evade detection.

Released: 12-Sep-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Keck School of Medicine of USC receives $100,000 donation for the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research
Keck Medicine of USC

The Keck School of Medicine of USC has received a generous $100,000 donation from PUMA for the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research, two years after the singer/actress established the fund.

Newswise: Hypertension Drugs Could Prevent Memory Loss in Lupus Patients, Study Suggests
4-Sep-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Hypertension Drugs Could Prevent Memory Loss in Lupus Patients, Study Suggests
The Rockefeller University Press

Researchers from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that the activation of brain cells called microglia likely contributes to the memory loss and other cognitive impairments suffered by many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The study, which will be published September 5 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that ACE inhibitors—a class of drugs commonly used to treat hypertension—can block this process in mice and might therefore be used to preserve the memory of lupus patients.

Released: 13-Aug-2018 11:05 AM EDT
American College of Rheumatology Receives Grants to Help Increase Access to Clinical Trials for Minority Populations Affected by Lupus
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology’s Collaborative Initiatives department has received two grants from the Office of Minority Health (OMH) to support the development of programs that aim to increase the recruitment and enrollment in clinical trials of minority populations affected by lupus.

Newswise: Epidemic of Inflammatory Disease in the Southeast Shows Need for More Regional Drug Trials
Released: 10-May-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Epidemic of Inflammatory Disease in the Southeast Shows Need for More Regional Drug Trials
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Chronic inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and lupus have their highest U.S. concentrations in the Southeast. Yet, says Fran Lund, the majority of clinical trials to test possible new treatments for these diseases occur outside of the Southeast.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

6-Nov-2017 1:30 PM EST
Study Shows Lupus Support Line has Positive Impact
Hospital for Special Surgery

A free telephone support and education program for people with lupus is a valuable resource to help them cope with the disease, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City.

Released: 6-Nov-2017 12:05 PM EST
Study: Lupus Patients Endorse PROMIS Assessment Tool as Relevant and Valuable
Hospital for Special Surgery

A study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) evaluating the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) finds that patients with lupus endorse the assessment tool as relevant, valuable and potentially useful in improving clinical care.

26-Oct-2017 3:05 PM EDT
European League Against Rheumatism and American College of Rheumatology Present New SLE Classification Criteria at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

EULAR & ACR will present the draft of new classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during a session at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting this week in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center.

26-Oct-2017 4:35 PM EDT
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acid Intake May Affect Lupus Outcomes
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with better sleep quality and a decrease in depressive symptoms in lupus patients, among other patient-reported outcomes, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

26-Oct-2017 4:30 PM EDT
Diversity Rate & Poor Access to Health Professionals May Influence Lupus Therapy Adherence
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Adherence to lupus therapy may be lower among Medicaid beneficiaries who live in areas with higher proportions of African-American individuals, fewer hospitals and less access to health professionals, according to new research findings presented at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

26-Oct-2017 4:30 PM EDT
Low Vitamin D Linked to Higher Risk of Renal Disease in Lupus
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Low levels of vitamin D were associated with higher rates of end-stage renal disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

26-Oct-2017 4:15 PM EDT
Obesity Linked with Depressive Symptoms & Increased Disease Activity in Women With Lupus
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Obesity is independently associated with worse patient-reported outcomes in women with systemic lupus erythematosus, including disease activity, depressive symptoms, pain and fatigue, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Newswise: Healthy Bacteria in Yogurt May Reduce Lupus Symptoms in Mice
Released: 2-Oct-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Healthy Bacteria in Yogurt May Reduce Lupus Symptoms in Mice
Virginia Tech

Researchers at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech have released findings that explain how a type of healthy bacteria in yogurt and other dairy products might reduce disease symptoms in certain patients with lupus.

Released: 17-Jul-2017 3:05 PM EDT
Large Multi-Ethnic Study Identifies Many New Genetic Markers for Lupus
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Scientists from an international consortium have identified a large number of new genetic markers that predispose individuals to lupus.


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