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New Study Shows Benlysta Alters B Cells in People with Lupus

August 21, 2019 Newly published research found that belimumab (Benlysta®) effectively reduced the number of B cells, a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies.  According to the prescribing information, belimumab is “a B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS)-specific inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients aged 5 years and older with active, autoantibody positive, systemic lupus […] READ MORE

Scientist Collaborates with Exagen to Further LRA-Supported Research

August 21, 2019 Critical research supported by the Lupus Research Alliance has led to an exciting research collaboration between the funded scientist Dr. Christian Lood, University of Washington where he is an Assistant Professor, and the company Exagen Inc.. Dr. Lood’s Novel Research Grant from the LRA focuses on one of our main immune cells, […] READ MORE

Study Shows Need for Greater Awareness of Biologics for Lupus

August 19, 2019 A new study led by Dr. S. Sam Lim of Emory University found a need for more awareness of biologic therapies among both black and white people with lupus.  Biologics are medicines that come from living cells to prevent, treat and cure human diseases, and are designed to have specific effects on […] READ MORE

Take the Right Shots for Lupus!

August 15, 2019 While August is when we savor the last weeks of summer, it is also the time to look ahead and prepare for fall.  In recognition of National Immunization Month, our Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Teodora Staeva provides background on vaccines and relays government recommendations for which are safe for people with lupus. […] READ MORE

New Research Identifies a Key to Neuropsychiatric Lupus

August 12, 2019 A specific antibody target has been identified as causing neuropsychiatric symptoms of lupus, according to a study at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University published in the Journal of Neuroscience. These common symptoms include cognitive impairment, meaning that the person has trouble thinking, learning or remembering. Other symptoms include mood changes, seizures, headaches […] READ MORE

Bacteria in the Blood Associated with Lupus Flares

August 12, 2019 Bacteremia, bacteria in the bloodstream, is associated with severe lupus flares and corticosteroid use, according to a new study published in The Journal of Rheumatology. Conducted in Spain, the study looked at all cases of bacteremia included in a national registry of hospitalized patients.  It contains data from 3,679 lupus patients at […] READ MORE

Kudos to GSK’s Daemion Johnson

August 8, 2019 All of us here at LRA congratulate Daemion T. Johnson – GSK’s Director, Patient Engagement.  He was named one of the PharmaVOICE 100 by the magazine PharmaVOICE.com.  This list recognizes 100 men and women in the life-sciences industry who “provide inspiration to their peers, colleagues, and companies through their innovative and motivational […] READ MORE

LRA-Funded Researcher Finds New Biomarkers for Lupus Nephritis

August 7, 2019 Dr. Chandra Mohan discovered that blood clotting proteins are higher in the urine of people with lupus nephritis, announced University of Houston. His work showed that both proteins that promote clotting and those that work to dissolve them are involved.  He began examining these proteins because people with lupus and lupus nephritis […] READ MORE

PALS Clinical Trial Program Opens at Five Universities

August 8, 2019 In five pilot cities, people with lupus who are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial can now join LRA’s Patient Advocates for Lupus Studies (PALS) program created by our affiliate Lupus Therapeutics. The program will pair adults with lupus interested in learning about clinical trials with a peer or “PAL” who […] READ MORE

New Study Results Show PROMIS Survey Measures Lupus Experience

August 5, 2019 A new study conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) showed that the PROMIS® (Patient-Related Outcomes Measurement Information System) health survey can be used to measure and monitor patients’ experience of lupus that are not captured by standard questionnaires. Researchers gave 223 people with lupus who get their outpatient care at HSS […] READ MORE

LRA-Funded Discovery May Benefit Alzheimer’s Disease

August 1, 2019 A new study by LRA Distinguished Innovator Award recipient Dr. Douglas Green of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and colleagues may have uncovered a new way to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The research, highlighted recently in Forbes magazine and published in the journal Cell, identified one of the brain’s mechanisms […] READ MORE

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