Lupus Research Alliance News
Why People with Lupus Get Tell-Tale Rashes

February 27, 2020 A study led by Lupus Research Alliance grantee Dr. J. Michelle Kahlenberg of the University of Michigan has revealed one reason why people with lupus tend to get rashes. Dr. Kahlenberg and her team found that certain immune system molecules produced by people with lupus help bacteria gain a foothold on the […] READ MORE

LRA Addressing Health Disparities Among Vulnerable Groups

February 20, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) works hard, often in concert with organizations like the National Minority Quality Forum to alleviate disparities in healthcare among groups at particular risk for lupus, including African-Americans as the group hardest hit by the disease.  Several programs educate healthcare providers, patients and the public to better recognize […] READ MORE

Think with Your Heart This Valentine’s Day! Leave a Priceless Legacy

NEW YORK, NY. Feb. 14. In recognition of National Organ Donor Day, the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is launching a new campaign to encourage people with lupus to think with their hearts to help scientists solve how and why lupus can impact the brain. To address brain-related issues, the LRA has partnered with the Harvard […] READ MORE

LRA Launches Largest-Ever Team Grants to Unravel Lupus Complexity

February 6, 2020 The complexity of lupus has been a challenge for decades, but advances in human immunology, technology, and computation offer a new and unique opportunity to speed up major advances.  The time is right to bring personalized medicine to lupus treatment. And going into 2020, the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is seizing that […] READ MORE

Exercise Improves Ability to Function for People with Lupus Shows Study

January 31, 2020 A new study published in Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases showed that exercising the upper extremities – shoulder, arm, wrist and hands – improved ability to do daily tasks. Researchers in Greece conducted a 24-week randomized study of people with lupus who have problems with these areas. To test the effects of exercise, […] READ MORE

LRA-Funded Scientist Finds Way to Stop T Cells from Running Amok

January 30, 2020 T cells are immune cells that play an important role in fighting pathogens like viruses and bacteria, but some T cells can trigger damage in lupus if not properly controlled. VISTA, a protein on the surface of T cells, can keep the T cells from causing harm by keeping them dormant unless […] READ MORE

The LRA Leads Exploration into the Microbiome in Lupus

January 30, 2020 Why does the immune system turn on itself to attack the body it’s supposed to protect?  That question has many possible answers – and one may be the microbiome – the trillions of bacteria living inside our bodies that, in people with lupus, may trigger autoimmune attacks. An article in this week’s […] READ MORE

New Study Pinpoints Language Skills Impacted by Lupus

January 28, 2020 New research led by Dr. Fulvia Ceccarelli, assistant professor of Rheumatology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, showed that among the many ways lupus can affect the central nervous system, “pragmatic language” skills was the most common.  Pragmatic language is non-literal, going beyond the dictionary meaning of a word or phrase.  This […] READ MORE

Have You Thought About a Lupus Clinical Trial as a Treatment Option?

January 16, 2020 With so few current treatment options for lupus and lupus nephritis, patients may benefit from joining a clinical study. Right now, five national trials are testing interventions for lupus nephritis that you may be able to join. To learn more about these and over 150 other trials for lupus and its many […] READ MORE

LRA Shares Excitement For What’s Ahead in Lupus Nephritis

January 16, 2020 Up to half of people with lupus will have lupus nephritis – damage to the kidneys that affects the ability to clear the body of wastes and toxins. In 2020, we expect to see significant progress in new drug development for lupus and lupus nephritis in particular with submissions for FDA approval in […] READ MORE

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