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Better Lupus Care Reducing Deaths from Lupus Nephritis, Study Shows

April 22, 2019 Results of a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology shows that end-stage renal disease and mortality due to lupus nephritis is down from 2010-2014. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School extended an analysis done in 1995 through 2006.  Using the national registry of patients […] READ MORE

Possible Reason Why Women at Greater Risk for Autoimmune Diseases

April 22, 2019 A study published in JCI Insight by researchers at University of Michigan Medical School suggests that the reason why women are more prone to autoimmune diseases than men may lie in excess levels of a protein VGLL3 in skin cells. Their study discovered that “too much VGLL3 in skin cells pushes the […] READ MORE

Severe Mental Illness in Lupus Patients is Rare, Treatable, and Usually Short-Lived

April 18, 2019 A large international study has probed the causes of lupus-related psychosis—a serious condition marked by delusions and hallucinations. Dr. John Hanly and his co-authors at research centers across several continents found that lupus psychosis (LP) is quite rare, affecting only 1.5 percent of people with lupus. They also observed that the condition […] READ MORE

Depression is a Risk-factor for Lupus, Study Shows

April 18, 2019 A 20-year study of women with lupus has found strong evidence that depression increases a person’s risk of developing lupus. That insight casts doubt on the generally accepted belief that depression is simply a by-product of having lupus. If depression is the chicken and lupus is the egg, the researchers found that […] READ MORE

Exercise for People with Lupus*

April 18, 2019 According to Henry Ford, “Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don’t need it: if you are sick you should not take it.” Just the opposite says Clinical Specialist Exercise Physiologist Heather Milton, MS, RCEP, CSCS at NYU Langone Medical Center Sports Performance Center. Presenting at the Lupus Lifestyle Series sponsored […] READ MORE

Lupus Research Program Announces 12 New Awardees

April 12, 2019 We are pleased to share that 12 new research grants were just awarded by the Lupus Research Program (LRP) within the Department of Defense! The $5 million allocated by Congress will continue to support promising research to help improve lupus treatment. The response from researchers to this grant opportunity was tremendous — […] READ MORE

The Patients’ Voice Heard at LUPUS 2019

April 11, 2019 The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased to report on an inspirational talk our fellow colleague and good friend Kathleen Arntsen, President & CEO of Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc. (LADA) gave at the recent 13th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Called LUPUS 2019, the meeting was an opportunity for researchers, […] READ MORE

Updates in Lupus Clinical Research from the LUPUS 2019 Meeting

April 11, 2019 The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased to share the results from four clinical trials presented at LUPUS 2019.  These studies continue to push our way forward toward new and improved treatments to help the lupus community. There’s a Silver Lining in New Belimumab Results Jim Oates, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, […] READ MORE

New Treatment Approaches Supported by LRA Were Highlighted at LUPUS 2019

April 11, 2019 The bacteria that cause urinary tract infections may trigger lupus flares, a former Alzheimer’s disease therapy has shown promising results in research models—these are just some of the findings presented by Lupus Research Alliance-funded scientists at the 13th International Congress on Systematic Lupus Erythematosus (LUPUS 2019), held in San Francisco. Here are […] READ MORE

New Guidelines for Lupus Treatment From EULAR

April 10, 2019 New recommendations for treating systemic lupus erythematosus were just issued by EULAR – the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases . A group of researchers from 29 medical centers across Europe reviewed all the current literature on lupus treatment to formulate questions, elicit expert opinions […] READ MORE

Thank You Congress for Hearing Our Lupus Advocates!

March 28, 2019 Thank you to the Congressional Lupus Caucus Co-chairs for leading, and to all the Representatives who signed on to a letter  to the House Appropriations Committee asking for increased funding to support critically important lupus research programs in FY 2020. Kudos to our advocates who urged legislators online and in person to […] READ MORE

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