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What is lupus?
Lupus is a chronic illness with symptoms that can come and go, and flare ups that can be painful and prolonged. Just this week, pop star Selena Gomez announced she's taking time off to deal with issues stemming from her lupus. The 24-year-old singer also canceled tour dates in 2013 to deal with her disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Selena Gomez's disease: What is lupus?
Lupus is a chronic illness with symptoms that can come and go, and flare ups that can be painful and prolonged. Just this week, pop star Selena Gomez announced she's taking time off to deal with issues stemming from her lupus. The 24-year-old singer also canceled tour dates in 2013 to deal with her disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Selena Gomez Takes Break From Her Career Because Of Lupus
Last year, Selena Gomez revealed that she has lupus. Now the 24-year old actress and singer is going to take a break from her career to deal with the disease. What exactly is lupus? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 31, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee Source Type: news

Selena Gomez Takes Break From Her Career Due To Lupus
Last year, Selena Gomez revealed that she has lupus. Now the 24-year old actress and singer is going to take a break from her career to deal with the disease. What exactly is lupus? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 31, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee Source Type: news

Selena Gomez Says She's Taking Time Off To Deal With Side Effects Of Lupus
Selena Gomez announced Tuesday in a statement that she is taking time off to focus on her “health and happiness.”  “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” Gomez told People exclusively. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.” The “Hands to Myself” singer revealed her diagnosis last October after about two years of speculation that the 24-year-old was suffering from lupus. Gomez told Billb...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rivaroxaban 'could be a safe treatment option for antiphospholipid syndrome'
The drug rivaroxaban could be an effective means of treating some patients with thromboticantiphospholipid syndrome, according to a new study. Led by University College London and funded byArthritis Research UK, the research has suggested that the drug - which works by inhibiting the formation of blood clots - could be a useful tool in the treatment of those with this serious condition, which affects approximately 15 per cent of patients withlupus and may also occur on its own. The danger of antiphospholipid syndrome Thrombotic antiphospholipid syndrome is classified as a rare condition, but is probably underdiagnosed. It ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 29, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

In Klinefelter Syndrome Patients, What are the Common Behavioral Problems?
Discussion Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is a common genetic abnormaly with a prevalence of 1 in ~650 male births. It was first described in 1942 by Dr. Harry Klinefelter. It is associated with at least one extra X chromosome with the most common karyotype (~80% of patients) being 47 XXY. Other karyotypes are seen along with mosaicism. It is believed that although it is very prevalent, only about 25-33% of people with KS are identified. About 10% are identified before puberty with the rest usually identified because of hypogonadism and tall stature especially in teenage years or due to infertility in adulthood. KS is diagnosed...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - August 29, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Pharma Technology Focus – Issue 50
In this issue: Maximising investment by cancer megafunds, positive clinical trials for an antibody to treat lupus, how copper can be used to tackle obesity, whether day and night should influence our drug regimes, a device to soak up excess drugs and … (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - August 25, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pharma Technology Focus – Issue 50
In this issue: Maximising investment by cancer megafunds, positive clinical trials for an antibody to treat lupus, how copper can be used to tackle obesity, whether day and night should influence our drug regimes, a device to soak up excess drugs and … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - August 25, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Voclosporin Said to Show Benefit in Lupus Nephritis
(MedPage Today) -- Significant responses seen in phase IIb trial (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - August 24, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Treatment for Pediatric MLN Remains Irregular (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Study found variation in clinical practice for membranous lupus nephritis (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 23, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

SLE Patients Benefit From Routine Echocardiography (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Cardiac involvement common in systemic lupus erythematosus (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 18, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Mouse Study Points Way to Shut Down Harmful Immune Response in Lupus
Contact: Sarah Avery Phone: 919-660-1306 Email:sarah.avery@duke.eduhttps://www.dukehealth.orgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016DURHAM, N.C. – Molecules that scavenge debris from dying cells appear to halt the cycle of chronic inflammation in lupus, while also enhancing the body’s ability to combat flu, according to Duke Health studies in mice.The molecules, called polymers, have commonly been used in gene-transfer experiments because they bind to the nucleic acid in DNA and RNA. When deployed directly in mice with lupus or an acute flu infection, the polymers home in on the DNA and RNA refuse fro...
Source: DukeHealth.org: Duke Health Features - August 18, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Duke Medicine Source Type: news

Polymers may prevent chronic inflammation in lupus patients
Stephen FellerDURHAM, N.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Polymers that clear debris from dead cells shut down the harmful cycle of inflammation and immune response in mice with lupus, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental Illness Affects Presidents, Too
Perhaps it isn’t surprising, given the intense rhetoric of this year’s presidential election, that politicians have started throwing around accusations of insanity.    In early August, California Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat, launched the hashtag #DiagnoseTrump and started a change.org petition claiming the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, meets the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Not long after, Trump called Hillary Clinton “unstable,” and at a rally in New Hampshire said, “She’s got problems.” The candidates’ verbal volley highlights a p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mouse study points way to shut down harmful immune response in lupus
Molecules that scavenge debris from dying cells appear to halt the cycle of chronic inflammation in lupus, while also enhancing the body ’s ability to combat flu, according to studies in mice. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 17, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mouse study points way to shut down harmful immune response in lupus
(Duke University Medical Center) Molecules that scavenge debris from dying cells appear to halt the cycle of chronic inflammation in lupus, while also enhancing the body's ability to combat flu, according to Duke Health studies in mice. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 17, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Is Lupus Contagious?
Title: Is Lupus Contagious?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/26/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - August 16, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Epigenetics: The Keeper of the Code
In recent years, attention has increasingly turned away from DNA's code and toward the way that DNA is packaged and the proteins that interact with it. These so-called epigenetic factors are heritable, reversible, and hugely influential. Over the past few decades, epigenetics has become a hot scientific topic. With potential roles in cancer, neuropsychiatric disorders, and immune disorders, it is no surprise that epigenetics is garnering such intense attention. The way in which genes are expressed is incredibly complex; it requires the infinitely detailed coordination of multiple molecular players. Epigenetics creates...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Voodoo Medicine: Time To Stop
The world's most celebrated athlete standing on the podium in Rio in honor of receiving yet another gold medal has something important in common with your lazy uncle throwing back a cold one in his Barcalounger. Yes, swimming powerhouse Michael Phelps, purple-spotted from cupping therapy, and your slovenly relative with a beer gut both share a bond -- a weakness in succumbing to the allure of voodoo medicine. Modern-day snake oil salesmen hawking quick cures and TV doctors peddling the latest diet miracle with blatantly ridiculous claims are everywhere on the tube, social media, the supermarket and old-fashioned billboards...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Latest in Lupus, Arthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis The Latest in Lupus, Arthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis
A productive meeting in London yields important new results in rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and lupus. Dr Ioannis Parodis gives an overview of his top studies.Medscape Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Promising new treatment for lupus on the horizon
A drug originally used to boost the immune system is showing promise as a potential new treatment for lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks the body's own organs and tissues. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

EULAR: Guidance for Managing Lupus Pregnancy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- With inactive disease, most women can have uncomplicated pregnancies (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - August 8, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

In Lupus, Start Low, Stay Low with Steroids (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Goal is to prevent treatment-related damage (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Staph Nasal Carriage: A Link With Lupus? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The skin microbiome now implicated in disease pathogenesis (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 3, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lupus breakthrough sparks hope in a frustrating field
AstraZeneca has presented new positive clinical trial results for anifrolumab, an investigational monoclonal antibody that is under development for the treatment of moderate to severe lupus. Abi Millar speaks to Dr Richard Furie, principal investigat … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - August 2, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Should Women Have Breast Implants Removed?
It was a story with a bit of irony, as well as ominous health warnings. Crystal Hefner, the 30-year-old wife of Playboy magazine mogul Hugh Hefner, announced in a story in People magazine last month that she'd had her breast implants removed because they were making her sick. Hefner posted a photo of her post-surgery self on Instagram with the caption, "Using 2016 to reclaim my health and embrace and love myself for the real me." The former model, now a DJ, was diagnosed a few months back with Lyme disease. Her symptoms included intolerance to foods and beverages as well as back, neck, and shoulder pain. Hefn...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE)
Title: Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/2/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - August 2, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Potential new way to sway the immune system
A new international collaboration opens a door to influencing the immune system, which would be useful to boost the effectiveness of vaccines or to counter autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Jay Amargos Leaves Startup Junkie To Start Small Business
Jay Amargos has left Startup Junkie Consulting of Fayetteville to run her own meditation studio. Amargos’ last day was July 25. She had been Startup Junkie’s minority outreach program director, as was highlighted in an Arkansas Business story in May. Amargos and Jessica Boyd co-founded i’Mindful Studio in Fayetteville. Amargos said the studio teaches a form of meditation called mindfulness stress reduction, and the studio has classes at its Fayetteville location or it can do sessions at places of work. i’Mindful has already worked with several companies in northwest Arkansas, such as Whole Foods Mar...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 1, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Found: A potential new way to sway the immune system
(Scripps Research Institute) A new international collaboration involving scientists at The Scripps Research Institute opens a door to influencing the immune system, which would be useful to boost the effectiveness of vaccines or to counter autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 1, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Tracking How HIV Disrupts Immune System Informs Vaccine Development
Contact: Samiha Khanna Phone: 919-419-5069 Email: samiha.khanna@duke.edu https://www.dukehealth.org EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE until 2 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 29, 2016 DURHAM, N.C. -- One of the main mysteries confounding development of an HIV vaccine is why some people infected with the virus make the desired antibodies after several years, but a vaccine can ’t seem to induce the same response. A research team led by scientists at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute has been unraveling that mystery, detailing new insights in a study published July 29 in the journal Science Immunology. Studying 100 HIV-infected peo...
Source: DukeHealth.org: Duke Health Features - July 29, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Duke Medicine Source Type: news

"It's A Scandal" -Daryl Hall on Doctors Denying Chronic Lyme
Growing up a musically-obsessed child in the 80's, Daryl Hall was one of my biggest inspirations. A masterful, inventive songwriter with an ocean of soul, he set me on the path to being an artist, to never waste a word, and to sing because I mean it. With six number ones and five additional top ten hits throughout the 70's and 80's Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one duo in music history. Still at the top of his game at 69 years old, Daryl has won legions of new fans with his hit MTV Live show Live From Daryl's House. In February of 2015, at my very sickest from chronic Lyme and Bartonella, after it was missed b...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Targeting B Cells in Lupus: Efforts Persist (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Atacicept lowered flares in post-hoc analysis (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 20, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Hep C's Growth: ConsultantLive & Rheumatology Network
(MedPage Today) -- Also, lupus and risk of dementia (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - July 19, 2016 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Hep C's Growth: ConsultantLive & Rheumatology Network
(MedPage Today) -- Also, lupus and risk of dementia (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - July 19, 2016 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

ACR receives $335,000 grant from Office of Minority Health to improve lupus health outcomes
(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology's The Lupus Initiative announced today the award of a one-year, $335,000 grant from the Office of Minority Health to continue the expansion of its established, national education program by developing an expert-informed program model intended to improve health outcomes for people with lupus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Non-Europeans 'at an increased genetic risk of lupus'
People of non-European descent are genetically predisposed to be more likely to develop lupus, according to a new study.Carried out by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College London, the research offers new insights into the causes of the inflammatory skin condition, which remain poorly understood.Explaining the higher prevalence of lupus in non-Europeans To carry out this study, the team looked at genetic data gathered from 22,670 Europeans, 13,174 Chinese people and additional data from south Asian, east Asian and African populations, sp...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 17, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Long noncoding RNA found to quell inflammation
A long non-coding RNA (lincRNA) -- called lincRNA-EPS -- responsible for regulating innate immunity has been identified by a team of scientists. This discovery points to an unrecognized role for lincRNAs in the immune system and may lead to new insights into inflammatory diseases caused by uncontrolled immune responses such as lupus or inflammatory bowel disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Long noncoding RNA found to quell inflammation
(University of Massachusetts Medical School) A long non-coding RNA (lincRNA) -- called lincRNA-EPS -- responsible for regulating innate immunity has been identified by a team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This discovery points to an unrecognized role for lincRNAs in the immune system and may lead to new insights into inflammatory diseases caused by uncontrolled immune responses such as lupus or inflammatory bowel disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Nick Cannon: A Warrior in the Fight Against Lupus
He's changed his lifestyle, not his work ethic, to manage the autoimmune disorder. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Increased prevalence of lupus in non-Europeans has a genetic basis, study confirms
(NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London) Non-Europeans have a higher frequency of the gene variants that increase the risk of lupus as compared to the European population, a new study has confirmed.The findings, which are published today in Nature Genetics, could lead to the development personalized treatments for the difficult to treat autoimmune condition the affects more than 5 million people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 11, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Woman Who Is Paralyzed Is Hiking All Of The Appalachian Trail -- Alone
Hiking 2,000 miles while paralyzed? Sounds impossible. But Stacy Kozel, who lost the function of her legs in 2014, is doing just that by hiking all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail with a pair of high-tech braces.  And she’s embarking on the remarkable journey alone. Spanning thousands of miles of the eastern United States, the Appalachian Trail covers rugged terrain that’s challenging for even the most experienced hikers —only one in four people are able complete the entire trail, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s website.  Kozel is now halfway through the in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unlocking an Ancient Clue to Lupus (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Could long-silent, virus-like genomic elements trigger autoimmunity? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 7, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Side Effects May Include: HLH
It was June 2015, and the whole thing had started as hot flashes and a headache at a friend's summer kick-off party. He must've put in some funky ingredients in the punch, I thought to myself after. Or maybe I just drank too much of it? As the days went on the flashes turned into out-of-this-world, 104-105 degree fevers, followed by bed-drenching sweats, then full-on teeth-chattering shivers. I felt like a lobster reaching full boil, only to be transferred to a cryogenic chamber. This went on for almost two weeks. I dreaded the nights the most, when the fevers were at their worst. I couldn't sleep. I went to the emergency...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Initiative aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult care
Gregg Michael Talente, MD, remembers well a young patient who nearly fell through the gap between pediatric an adult health care. The woman was treated for lupus by her pediatrician until age 19... (Source: Pediatric News)
Source: Pediatric News - June 30, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Initiative aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult care
Gregg Michael Talente, MD, remembers well a young patient who nearly fell through the gap between pediatric an adult health care. The woman was treated for lupus by her pediatrician until age 19... (Source: Clinical Neurology News)
Source: Clinical Neurology News - June 30, 2016 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Initiative aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult care
Gregg Michael Talente, MD, remembers well a young patient who nearly fell through the gap between pediatric an adult health care. The woman was treated for lupus by her pediatrician until age 19... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - June 30, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2016 Lupus Insight Prize presented to Dr. Ann Marshak-Rothstein
(Lupus Research Institute) The 2016 Lupus Insight Prize was awarded to Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School, for a project with great promise to improve the treatment of lupus-related skin disease. Announced at FOCIS 2016, the 16th Annual Meeting of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS), the $200,000 Lupus Insight Prize is a collaborative initiative among the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Foundation of America and the Lupus Research Institute (LRI). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

CV Risk in Lupus Patients Grows (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Not sharing in decline seen in general population (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - June 27, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news