The results of this study highlight the long-term effects of early NPSLE-related events on organ damage and recurrences of NPSLE-related events over time, in those having NPSLE-related events around the time of lupus diagnosis.
The researchers hoped to learn about the prevalence of low bone mineral density (BMD), as well as to identify risk factors for its development, in a large cohort of newly diagnosed children and adolescents with lupus.
The researchers hoped to learn about the potential effectiveness of assessing heart disease risk in people with lupus by measuring blood pressure and cholesterol levels over multiple time points
The researchers hoped to learn about the safety and efficacy of atorvastatin (Lipitor®) in reducing cholesterol in children with lupus.
This study examined the relationship between levels of vitamin D and autoantibodies in people with lupus.
The researchers hoped to learn about whether a protein in the blood called C4d could serve as an indicator of lupus nephritis activity in people with lupus.
As people with lupus have become increasingly educated about their disease and involved in their medical care, input from patients about their condition has become increasingly important and useful. Recently, the Lupus Damage Index Questionnaire (LDIQ) was developed for this purpose and captures the spectrum of knowledge acquired from the SDI in a patient-reported questionnaire.
The researchers hoped to learn about the effects of lupus and/or its treatments on multiple indicators or growth and development in children.