B-Cell Activating Factor (BAFF) & Lupus
New tests are helping identify specific proteins linked to autoimmune diseases. A 2018 study found B-cell activating factor (BAFF) in the urine of people with lupus. Diagnosing lupus and lupus nephritis is a challenging process. Today, rheumatologists rely on a…
ANA Tests and Lupus
ANA tests identify autoantibodies in the body. And, they are one of the tools that clinicians use to help diagnose lupus. Rheumatologists review laboratory tests, symptom logs, and family history before making a lupus diagnosis. This can be a long…
Measuring Lupus Disease Activity Over Time
Some say that the only thing constant is change. This can feel especially true for Lupus Warriors. Despite the value of tracking disease activity, measuring lupus disease activity remains a challenge. Accurate, reliable measurements of disease activity are a crucial…
Lupus Diagnosis: Connecting the Dots
Known as "The Great Imitator," getting a lupus diagnosis can be frustrating. It involves reviewing laboratory tests, symptoms, and family history When you're not feeling well, you want to know what the cause is. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for…
Type I Interferon & the Lupus TULIP Study
Living with lupus can mean feeling like your own body is working against you. Recent research into new treatments is exploring the effectiveness of type I interferons, a specific type of cytokine, for lupus relief. On August 31, 2018, AstraZeneca…
CB-CAPs: 2 Biomarkers For Diagnosing Lupus
Diagnosing lupus is a challenge. But, new biomarkers known as CB-CAPS can improve lupus detection by 48%. Lupus symptoms are often confused with those of other conditions. This causes many people to be misdiagnosed and even prescribed inappropriate medications. An inaccurate diagnosis…
Hemolytic Anemia, Coombs’ Test, & Lupus
It's no secret: lupus causes problems throughout the body. It can even cause hemolytic anemia which impacts red blood cells. There are various types of anemias, but the symptoms are similar. Anemic people feel fatigued, weak, and like they might pass out.…
Genetic Markers for Lupus Predisposition: A New Study
A just-published study has identified 24 new genetic markers that predispose a person to develop lupus (SLE). It is no secret that lupus prevalence varies by sex and ethnicity. Women are 9-times more likely to develop lupus as compared to men;…
Blood Test Identifies Relatives with High Lupus Risk
A new blood test may help identify relatives of people with lupus who have an increased risk of developing the disease. New research out of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) may help clinicians identify which relatives are at the…
Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and Lupus
Fatigue is a common lupus symptom. But, comparing fatigue over time, or between people, is difficult. With around 80% of people with lupus experiencing fatigue, it is crucial to have a validated measure that can distinguish between different symptoms. The Fatigue…