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Lupus Worse for Young African-American Women

African-American women develop lupus at a much younger age and with more complications than white women do, a new study shows.

“Black women had very high rates of lupus, with an incidence rate in Georgia nearly three times higher than that for white women, with significantly high rates in the 30-39 age group,” says principal investigator, S. Sam Lim, associate professor of rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine.

“These are young women in the prime of their careers, family, and fertility. This means a severely compromised future with a disease that waxes and wanes, affecting every aspect of daily living for the rest of their lives.”

“These data directly reflect the burden of lupus in our community. The high burden of lupus in African-American women is of particular relevance given Atlanta’s demographics.

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Source: Futurity


Lupus Worse for Young African-American Women

African-American women develop lupus at a much younger age and with more complications than white women do, a new study shows.

“Black women had very high rates of lupus, with an incidence rate in Georgia nearly three times higher than that for white women, with significantly high rates in the 30-39 age group,” says principal investigator, S. Sam Lim, associate professor of rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine.

“These are young women in the prime of their careers, family, and fertility. This means a severely compromised future with a disease that waxes and wanes, affecting every aspect of daily living for the rest of their lives.”

“These data directly reflect the burden of lupus in our community. The high burden of lupus in African-American women is of particular relevance given Atlanta’s demographics.

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Click here to read full article.

Source: Futurity



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