A study published in a recent issue of the journal Lupus reports that people with lupus had a 70 percent increased risk of developing shingles compared to participants without inflammatory disease.
Metabolic syndrome is marked by increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, so its incidence among people with lupus can indicate risk of cardiovascular disease in lupus patients.
The researchers hoped to determine whether differences in genetic ancestry and/or specific genes contribute the decreased risk of developing lupus nephritis among individuals of European descent.
The researchers hoped to learn about second pregnancy outcomes in women with lupus, particularly in those whose first pregnancy had an adverse outcome.
People with lupus are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, especially when taking steroids. The use of anti-malarial drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine, significantly reduces this risk.
The researchers hoped to learn about the relationship between type I interferon and premature heart disease risk among people with lupus.
A more detailed understanding of the reproductive behavior of women with lupus can help identify their needs in terms of caring for their disease and become educated about its possible effects, including those on reproduction.
The use of lupus biomarkers, such as those present in the blood or urine, to help predict and/or manage lupus nephritis over time could be very useful. The results of this study highlight the potential feasibility of using lupus biomarkers to differentiate between acute and chronic kidney disease activity-related changes.