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Congress Can Help Beat Lupus

By Shannon Boxx It is hard to believe that someone with a debilitating autoimmune disease can win Olympic gold – three times. But that’s the thing about lupus, one of the most mysterious diseases known to science. The severity of the disease varies from person to person. And it comes with some good days, and … Continue reading

Bill Would Create Clearinghouse for Autoimmune Research

Syracuse area republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle says billions are spent each year on research into autoimmune disorders, but often the findings are not shared widely among both professionals and patients. Buerkle says she is proposing a bill to change all that. The congresswoman met with advocates from groups representing patients with autoimmune disorders and … Continue reading

Ask the Harvard Experts: Dermatomyositis Requires More Than Steroids

By Robert Schmerling, M.D. Q: My 70-year old sister has had dermatomyositis for more than a year. Her muscles, joints, skin and lungs have been affected. She has not responded well to treatment with steroids. Are there any alternatives? I read somewhere about transfusions of immune globulin. Is this a reputable treatment? A: Dermatomyositis is … Continue reading

Research Links Lupus to Staph Bacteria

From the Huffington Post While the number of people diagnosed with lupus has more than tripled over the past four decades, researchers remain baffled, for the most part, as to what exactly causes the autoimmune disease. Previous studies have pointed to gender, ethnicity (lupus is two to three times more prevalent among women of color … Continue reading

Study Finds Celiac Disease Common in the US

HealthDay News–New research suggests that 1.4 million Americans have celiac disease but don’t realize it, while 1.6 million people are on gluten-free diets— a treatment for celiac disease — even though they might not need it. The findings, which estimate that 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease — an autoimmune condition — suggest that a … Continue reading