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Research News | Nov. 08, 2012

Steroid-Related Risk of Heart Disease in Lupus

The results of this study indicate that current use of steroids (20 mg/day or more) is perhaps the most significant risk factor for heart disease in individuals with lupus.

Research News | Sep. 18, 2012

Rontalizumab: A Potential New Lupus Therapy

Rontalizumab is a potential new drug to treat lupus. It reduces the effects of the excessive interferon-alpha that is so characteristic of lupus. The researchers hoped to learn about the safety and tolerability of rontalizumab in people with mild lupus disease activity.

Research News | Aug. 15, 2012

Lupus-Related Changes in Energy Metabolism

People with lupus may experience chronic fatigue, the exact causes of which are yet to be fully understood. There are a number of different energy-producing metabolic processes that may be affected in people with lupus.

Research News | Aug. 15, 2012

Short-Term Use of Hydroxychloroquine Reduces Cholesterol in Lupus

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.

Research News | Jul. 17, 2012

Long-Term Safety of Benlysta®

This study examined the long-term safety of belimumab over a 4-year period in people with lupus. The results highlight the long-term safety of belimumab over a 4-year period.

Research News | Jul. 17, 2012

Race-Related Preferences In Lupus Treatments

The researchers hoped to learn about possible differences in treatment preferences for lupus among members of different racial/ethnic patient groups, as well as demographic or clinical characteristics associated with such preferences.

Research News | Jun. 21, 2012

New American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for Lupus Nephritis

To update the ACR guidelines for the management of lupus nephritis, a team of lupus experts from around the country collaborated with the ACR. The researchers utilized extensive literature searches and expert opinions to develop the updated guidelines.

Research News | Mar. 22, 2012

Lupus Biomarker Changes Key to Benlysta Therapy

The findings highlight specific kinds of changes in lupus biomarkers that are most associated with effective use of belimumab in the treatment of lupus.