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Lupus Takes Bigger Toll on Longevity for Blacks

Posted 16 May 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 – Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks the skin, joints and organs, can shorten the lives of its victims, but new research shows it can shorten the lives of black patients the most. Health data from two counties in Georgia found that black people with lupus have an average age at death of about 52. Meanwhile, white people with the disease live an average of...

More Active Lupus Linked to Childhood Events

Posted 10 May 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 – Lupus patients who had difficult childhoods have higher disease activity, worse depression and poorer overall health than those with better childhoods, a new study finds. Bad childhood experiences included abuse, neglect and household challenges. The study included 269 lupus patients in California. Of those, about 63% reported at least one type of bad childhood experience,...

Benlysta (Belimumab) Approved for Children With Lupus

Posted 29 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 29, 2019 – The intravenous drug Benlysta (belimumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat children with lupus, a chronic disease that triggers inflammation and damages tissues and organs throughout the body. Approved for adults since 2011, Benlysta is the first lupus treatment in the United States approved for children, the agency said in a news...

GSK Receives US Approval of Benlysta for Intravenous Use in Children with Lupus Aged Five Years and Above

Posted 26 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

London UK, Philadelphia USA April 26, 2019 – GSK today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved, under priority review, the use of the intravenous (IV) formulation of Benlysta (belimumab), a B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS)-specific inhibitor, in children with lupus from as young as five years of age. Dr Hal Barron, Chief Scientific Officer and President, R&D, GSK...

Gut Microbes May Help Drive Lupus, Study Finds

Posted 20 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 – An imbalance in the gut "microbiome" of people with lupus may be driving the chronic autoimmune disease as well as its flare-ups, new research suggests. The microbiome is the trillions of helpful bacteria that coexist in the human digestive tract and elsewhere in the body. Comparing gut bacteria from lupus patients with bacteria from their healthy peers, scientists...

Pregnancy Complications Down for Women With Lupus

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – Deaths and complications among pregnant women with lupus have declined in the United States over the past two decades, a new study finds. Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in many parts of the body, including the kidneys, skin and joints, as well as the tissue lining the lungs, heart and brain....

Scans Help Spot Heart Trouble Early in People With Lupus

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Heart disease is a leading cause of death in patients with the autoimmune illness lupus. Now, research suggests high-tech scans can spot cardiac issues early. The scans can detect heart abnormalities even before patients have any symptoms, Chinese researchers say. "Our findings may affect current lupus diagnostics and treatment – meaning more patients with silent...

Could Fish Oil, Vitamin D Help Ease Lupus?

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – People with lupus may fare better if they have enough vitamin D and omega-3 fats in their diet, preliminary research suggests. In separate studies, researchers linked the two nutrients – or lack thereof – to higher risks of certain lupus symptoms and complications. In one, lupus patients with low blood levels of vitamin D faced a higher risk of kidney damage than those...

Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Regular exercise may slow kidney damage in people with lupus while stress may prompt the opposite effect, new research suggests. The autoimmune disease causes the body to attack and damage vital organs such as the kidneys. Singer Selena Gomez put lupus in the spotlight last week when she received a kidney transplant because the disease had ravaged her own kidneys. But...

Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight. Lupus turns the body's immune system against itself and attacks vital organs, including the kidneys, which is why it's so devastating. But little is known about what causes the disease, and no real cure exists. Treatments can only keep it...

Lupus Hits Certain Groups Harder

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – There are significant ethnic and racial disparities in the rates of lupus in the United States, two new studies report. Researchers reviewed registries of people living in San Francisco and New York City with the autoimmune disease. They found that the prevalence of lupus was higher in San Francisco than in Manhattan – 85 people versus 62 people per every 100,000. Women...

GSK Receives FDA Approval for a New Self-Injectable Formulation of Benlysta (belimumab) for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

London, UK 21 July 2017 – GSK announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new subcutaneous formulation of Benlysta (belimumab) for the treatment of adult patients with active, autoantibody‑positive SLE who are receiving standard therapy. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is the most common form of lupus, a chronic, incurable autoimmune disease producing a...

Poverty Could Make Lupus Even Worse

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – Poverty and race are tied to the health of lupus patients in the United States, according to two new studies. One study of 783 patients linked poverty to an increased risk of organ damage from the autoimmune disease. It was published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology. "Persistent poverty and being poor in an area of concentrated poverty seem to worsen the amount of...

Delays in Lupus Care Seen Among Minorities, Less Educated

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Delays in lupus treatment are more common among Americans who are black, Asian or are less educated, a new study finds. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which inflammation affects the skin, joints, kidneys and other organs. The disease occurs far more often in women than men, and also may have a higher prevalence among some ethnic groups, the researchers said. It...

Researchers Pinpoint More Genes Linked to Vitiligo

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Researchers say they've identified more genes linked to the autoimmune disease vitiligo, which causes patches of white skin and hair. An international team of scientists pinpointed 23 new locations on the genome associated with susceptibility to vitiligo. That doubles the number of known genes connected with vitiligo, the researchers said. Vitiligo may be related to...

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