At one time lupus was thought to be more severe in children than in adults, but most physicians no longer believe this. However, children diagnosed with lupus often have been ill for a longer period before the diagnosis is made, and therefore are more likely to have significant internal organ involvement than most adults with lupus.


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News & Stories

Research News | Oct. 20, 2014

Intensive Follow-Up Recommended for People Diagnosed with Lupus During Childhood

Adolescent-onset lupus has worse prognosis and increased risk of lupus-related kidney disease and death.

Blog | Oct. 07, 2014

A Family Devoted to Awareness

Last year, while living in Puerto Rico, 14-year-old Amarissa Mauricio and her family had their lives turned upside down when she began to experience an onslaught of symptoms including fevers, skin rash, infection and joint pain so extreme she was unable to walk.

General News | Sep. 30, 2014

Foundation Announces Pediatric Lupus Research Grantee & LIFELINE Grant Program™ Recipients

The Lupus Foundation of America announced four grants that will allow lupus investigators to continue critical lupus research. Another grant will be used to develop a groundbreaking diagnostic tool for children with lupus-related kidney inflammation, or lupus nephritis.

Research News | May. 20, 2014

Low Vitamin D Associated With Increased Cardiovascular Risks in Children and Teens with Lupus

New research published in Lupus Science & Medicine looks at the potential association between vitamin D deficiency and heightened cardiovascular risk in children and teens with lupus.

Research News | May. 15, 2014

Foundation Issues Request for Applications to Advance Research in Pediatric Lupus Nephritis

The Lupus Foundation of America announced today that the Foundation is seeking grant applications to provide critical funding that will, for the first time, address an unmet need in pediatric lupus nephritis.

Magazine | May. 15, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Art Therapy helps with coping, encourages healing

Any type of creative outlet—painting, sculpture, photography, acting, or dance—can be therapeutic, provided the artist is able to find a sense of healing and release in the practice. See how four people living with lupus are using art to help them cope with lupus.

Research News | May. 06, 2014

A Look at Educational and Employment Success in Adults with Childhood-onset Lupus

A new study published in Arthritis Care & Research offers a first time, in-depth look at educational and employment outcomes in adults with childhood-onset lupus and provides new insights into properly navigating the path from adolescence to adulthood.

Blog | Apr. 15, 2014

Caregivers, You Are Not Alone

Sharon Mack, Health Educator for the Lupus Foundation of America, discusses her journey as a caregiver and introduces the Foundation's newest caregiving content.

Research News | Apr. 14, 2014

Research May Help Clinicians Improve Quality of Life among Children with Lupus

A new study supported by the Lupus Foundation of America and published in Arthritis and Rheumatology offers clinicians and researchers a new way to better understand how various treatments may impact the quality of life of children and adolescents living with lupus.

Magazine | Feb. 05, 2014

Parental Support - Finding guidance for Mom and Dad

When children have lupus, they hurt. And when a child hurts, parents hurt, too. Read on for tips on supporting your child with lupus.

Research News | Feb. 04, 2014

Pilot Study Testing a Combination of Immunosuppressive Drugs Holds Promise for Children with Lupus

Results from a small pilot study provide hope that lupus disease activity can be suppressed in children with lupus. Read more.

Research News | Dec. 05, 2013

Cancer Risk May Be Higher Among Young Patients with Lupus

Children with lupus may have a higher risk for developing cancer – especially blood cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia – compared to children without lupus.

Podcasts | Nov. 12, 2013

App Assists Transition from Pediatric to Adult Lupus Care

Dr. Miriam Kaufman discusses a smartphone app that helps adolescents make the transition from pediatric to adult lupus care.

Podcasts | Nov. 08, 2013

Pediatric Lupus Health-Related Quality of Life Research

Dr. Hermine Brunner of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital discusses her research on health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with lupus.

Research News | Oct. 28, 2013

Children Born to Mothers with Lupus Might be at Increased Risk of Autism

Although the overall risk is small, children born to mothers with lupus may have a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders than children born to mothers without the disease, according to the results of a study presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2013

Understanding Your Child’s Eye & Heart Health

Being the health care advocate for a child with lupus is a full-time job, and follow-up and preventive care, especially for the eyes and heart, are critically important. Start care early for long-term benefits.

Research News | Jan. 24, 2013

Protein Predicts Lupus-Related Organ Damage

A team of lupus researchers has identified a potential new biomarker that may be helpful in determining whether a person with lupus is at risk for developing organ damage.

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2012

Growing Up: Teens, young adults must learn to manage lupus on their own

For many young people with lupus, the transition to caring for themselves as adults is challenging.

Research News | Oct. 16, 2012

Depression Among Girls with Lupus

The findings of this study indicate that adolescent girls with lupus scored significantly lower on measures of positive body image and felt increases in negative mood, negative self-esteem, and depressive symptoms.

Podcasts | Sep. 11, 2012

Parents Caring for Children with Lupus

Dr. Emily von Scheven of the University of California at San Francisco discusses the challenges of caring for a child with lupus.

Research News | Aug. 15, 2012

Academic Performance in Children With Lupus

The researchers hoped to determine whether children with lupus have worse academic functioning relative to their peers of similar demographic and socioeconomic background.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2012

Circle of Hope: Erin Luciano

When Mary and Albert Luciano found out in 2008 that their daughter Erin had lupus, they were determined to learn everything they could about the illness.

Research News | May. 16, 2012

Predictors of Bone Density Changes in Children with Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn about the long-term outcomes of bone mass density (BMD) in children newly diagnosed with lupus.

Research News | Feb. 17, 2012

Reduced Bone Density in Newly Diagnosed Children with Lupus

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.

Research News | Jan. 20, 2012

First Ever Study of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs in Children With Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn about the safety and efficacy of atorvastatin (Lipitor®) in reducing cholesterol in children with lupus.

Research News | Dec. 02, 2011

Reduced Growth and Delayed Puberty in Children with Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn about the effects of lupus and/or its treatments on multiple indicators or growth and development in children.

Podcasts | Nov. 16, 2011

Developing Consensus Treatment Plans for Pediatric Lupus Nephritis

Dr. Emily von Scheven of the University of California at San Francisco discusses the development of consensus treatment plans for proliferative nephritis in juvenile systemic lupus.

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2011

School Rules

How 504 Plans and IEPs Can Help Children With Lupus Succeed in School

Research News | Mar. 04, 2011

New Blood Tests May Improve the Tracking of Lupus Kidney Disease in Children

Current treatments for lupus nephritis in children are toxic and sometimes ineffective. New tests for proteins that might be abnormal in lupus nephritis could help make the diagnosis earlier and might also point to new ways of treating the disease.

Magazine | Mar. 01, 2011

Bone Health: Ways Children and Adults Can Reduce Their Fracture Risk

For individuals with lupus, bone health may be a concern as medications can lead to bone loss. However, low bone mass density is often treatable.

Video | Feb. 14, 2011

Congenital Heart Block in Neonatal Lupus

Dr. Jill Buyon of the New York University School of Medicine, a leading authority on congenital heart block in neonatal lupus, discusses this rare complication and the next steps in the study of neonatal lupus.

Video | Feb. 11, 2011

Effect of Pubertal Hormone Changes on Lupus

Dr. Kathleen O'Neil discusses a multi-center longitudinal observational study of girls with prepubertal onset lupus as they approach and pass through puberty, measuring hormone levels, autoantibodies and markers of lupus activity.

Research News | Feb. 10, 2011

New Combination of Antibodies May Better Predict Childhood Neuropsychiatric Lupus

Neuropsychiatric lupus (NPSLE) is difficult to diagnose and can be present when disease activity in other organs cannot be identified. The researchers hoped to learn whether antibodies to ganglioside M1 could predict childhood NPSLE any better than standard laboratory measures currently in use.

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2010

Safeguarding Our Youth:

LFA-Funded Research Improves the Outlook for Childhood Lupus

Video | Oct. 29, 2010

Bone Health in Children with Lupus

Dr. Emily Von Scheven, Director of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, discusses the issues surrounding bone health in children with lupus and other health issues associated with treatment of lupus.

Video | Oct. 22, 2010

Health-Related Quality of Life Measures in Children with Lupus

Dr. Lakshmi Nandini Moorthy, chief of pediatric rheumatology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, discusses a tool to measure the health related quality of life (HRQOL) among children with lupus.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2010

Self-Esteem Survival Skills

How to Stay Upbeat When Dealing with Lupus

Research News | Mar. 23, 2010

Earlier Steroid Treatment In Pediatric Lupus Patients Is Related to Higher Risk of Bone Disease

Steroids are frequently used to treat lupus because they are highly effective and work quickly. However, steroids have many serious side effects. How much of a risk this may pose for children with lupus or younger adults with lupus has not been well-studied.

Research News | Jan. 20, 2010

Potential New Indicators of Lupus Being Studied in Children

The researchers wanted to find out whether the amount of leptin, adiponectin, or ghrelin in children with lupus might be different than in children without lupus.


Events

Feb. 28, 2015 7:30 am | Mercato

Walk to End Lupus Now Southwest Florida

Join us for our third annual Southwest Florida Walk to end Lupus now in Naples. Lets rally together to create awareness of lupus while raising funds to fight this terrible disease.

May. 02, 2015 4:00 pm | Palm Beach Zoo

Walk to End Lupus Now South Florida Spring

We are heading back to the Palm Beach Zoo for our South Florida Spring Walk to End Lupus Now! Please join us as we rally together to create awareness of lupus while raising funds to fight this terrible disease.

Nov. 01, 2014 1:00 pm | Virginia Mason’s Volney Richmond Auditorium, Lindeman Pavilion

Advances in Lupus Research and Complementary Therapies- Education Symposium

Apr. 26, 2014 7:00 pm | Scottish Rite Ballroom & Theater

Classical Ballet Academy’s DANCE COLLABORATIONS

Jun. 04, 2014 7:00 pm

Ask the Experts Teleconference: Pediatric Lupus

Learn about what to expect in the future for a child living with lupus.

May. 31, 2014 1:00 pm | Asia Pacific Cultural Center

The Many Shades of Lupus

Join us in Tacoma for a multicultural event!

Aug. 21, 2013 6:00 pm | Broadlawns Medical Center

Support Group

Sep. 21, 2013 9:00 am | Kansas City

Kansas City Behind the Mask Education Conference

Questions about coping with Lupus? Sign up today!

Sep. 27, 2014 9:00 am | Jordan Creek Town Center lake area, West Des Moines, IA

Walk to End Lupus Now

Join us for Walk to End Lupus Now and show your support to fighting this cruel disease!