16 Ways to Imagine What Fibromyalgia Disorder Feels Like

BY JULIA NELSON · 1. “Imagine the worst sickness, fatigue and pain and your head is in a deep fog where it made you think to go to the hospital. Now imagine feeling like that every day and knowing if you go to the hospital they will likely find nothing wrong and send you home and tell you…

Lupus affects more women than men. Why? New study explores

    Lupus affects nine times more women than men. Experts know that lupus erythematosus, SLE, or lupus affects many more women than men, but none of them can explain why. Now that University of Houston biomedical engineer Chandra Mohan has the funding, he has set out to determine why. Prof. Mohan, Hugh Roy and Lillie…

Lupus Patients Show Signs of Heart Problems at Diagnosis, Study Finds

BY JOSE MARQUES LOPES, PHD At the time of diagnosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients already show signs of heart impairment, even before any symptoms of chest discomfort, a new imaging study shows. The findings indicate that more lupus patients could receive timely cardiac treatment, according to the researchers from China. The study, “Early Detection of Silent Myocardial Impairment in Patients with New…

Scans Help Spot Heart Trouble Early in People With Lupus

En Español THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — 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…

Five years of fighting lupus

by Ngaevarue Katjangua ENDURING … ruth Katjingisiua is lying on a mattress where she can get as much cold air as possible. WHEN Ruth Katjingisiua was diagnosed with the lupus disease in 2013, her life became just about the condition. Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks…

Depression Risk High in Cutaneous, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The risk for depression was of a similar magnitude in patients with CLE as in patients with SLE. The risk for depression is significantly increased in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE), according to the results of a nationwide, observational cohort study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. The study included patients…

When Lupus Rears Its Ugly Head

  BY LESLIE ROTT   I have been lucky that my diseases have been relatively stable over the past few years. Most of the flares I have had were situational, typically when I put myself in strenuous situations. For example, I traveled from Michigan to the East Coast and back again in 36 hours. However, I recently experienced…

Care, monitoring opens motherhood to women with lupus

By Allen Mask, M.D., WRAL Health Team physician Pregnancy has long been a dream denied for many women with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissue and organs. Now, medications and special care can help those women enjoy a safe pregnancy, and ultimately a healthy baby. Emily Greenwell, 34, is a nurse manager at…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicine Seen to Ease Lupus Symptoms at Higher Dose in Phase 2 Trial

Baricitinib — a medicine approved in the U.S., Europe, and Japan for rheumatoid arthritis — can significantly improve symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the treatment’s maker, Eli Lilly, and its partner Incyte  announced. This is the first completed Phase 2 trial for baricitinib (brand name, Oluminant) in SLE patients, and likely opens the door to Phase 3 trials. Results of the Phase 2 trial (NCT02708095) were presented in June…