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Mortality Rates, Treatment Effectiveness, & Lupus

Are new lupus treatment strategies keeping people healthier? A 42-year longitudinal study found improved health outcomes and decreased mortality for people living with lupus. Measuring the success of lupus treatments can be…
Frustrations (and Remaining Optimistic) with Lupus
Living with lupus brings plenty of frustrations. Finding moments of optimism when you're feeling down is a key part of the battle. Fatigue, flares, medication side effects, physical challenges... there are plenty of frustrations to overcome when living with lupus.…
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Gout, Uric Acid, and Lupus Nephritis

Sharp pains in the joints that seem to come and go at random. It sounds like lupus, but it could be a sign of gout. The pain associated with gout has been documented for millennia. Galen, the celebrated Greco-Roman physician,…
Leaky Gut, Increased Intestinal Permeability, & Lupus
Known colloquially as "leaky gut," increased intestinal permeability may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases, including lupus. The lining of your intestines acts as a 4000 square foot barrier that walls the gut off from the bloodstream. It only…
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Financial Assistance & Benefits for Life with Lupus

Lupus medications and treatment are expensive. A little help can go a long way. Many financial assistance programs are available to Lupus Warriors. Regular clinic visits, laboratory tests, and prescription medications are essential for battling lupus and for living your…
Butterfly Rash (Malar): Telltale Lupus Symptom?
The butterfly rash is a reddish purple facial rash that appears on the faces of many Lupus Warriors. 31% - 65% of people with lupus experience the skin symptom. Many associations, funds, bloggers, and lupus advocates include a butterfly in their…
Sugar & Health Risks for Lupus Warriors: Not So Sweet
Cutting sugar, especially processed sugars and carbohydrates, from your diet can be a challenge. But, it can lead to health benefits and fewer lupus flares. What would you cut first to decrease the amount of sugar you eat? Avoiding cookies,…
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain
Many Lupus Warriors are familiar with chronic pain -- the kind that lasts for months or even years. Mindfulness-based stress reduction may offer relief, according to a recent meta-analysis. Sharp pangs. Dull aches. Tingling. Pain comes in many sensations, but…
Tooth Decay, Dental Caries, and Lupus
Trips to the dentist aren’t really fun. But, they are crucial to oral health. Around 85% of Lupus Warriors experience tooth decay during the battle with lupus. As if the pain and fatigue wasn’t enough! Many people with lupus experience…
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…