Atlanta - There are substantial racial disparities in the burden of lupus, according to initial data from the largest and most far-reaching study ever conducted on the disease and published online today by the journal, Arthritis and Rheumatism. The data also confirms that black females disproportionately are burdened by lupus, a devastating and complicated autoimmune disease. “Black women had very high rates of lupus, with an incidence rate in Georgia nearly three times higher than that for white women, with significantly high rates in the 30-39 age group,” said principal investigator, S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Division of Rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine. “These are young women in the prime of their careers, family and fertility. This means a severely compromised future, with a disease that waxes and wanes, affecting every aspect of daily living for the rest of their lives.”
A recent journal article in Clinical Immunology highlights progress made in better understanding the potential for two basic types of adult stem cells: hematopoetic, which mature into blood cells, and mesenchymal, which mature into skin, bone, and cartilage cells. It is important to note that neither of these stem cells are considered embryonic, because they are derived after birth, usually from adults.
Lupus nephritis, which can damage and scar the kidneys, is one of the most common and serious complications of lupus.
As a multitalented entertainer and successful television personality and entrepreneur, Nick Cannon has a lot on his plate. The 32-year old husband and father of two, who battles with lupus nephritis (kidney disease), took on another role: lupus awareness advocate.
The Lupus Foundation of America announced the election of two new directors to its national board of directors.
NPSLE is arguably the least understood manifestation of lupus and occurs more frequently, earlier in the course of the disease, and with greater severity in children than in adults with lupus.
Watch a video recap of the 2013 National Lupus Advocacy Summit.
The Lupus Foundation of America applauds the efforts of the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure that funding for research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and lupus programs are a priority.