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News & Stories

Blog | Jul. 28, 2016

6 Sensible Sunscreen Tips

Updated advice on choosing a sunscreen product and getting maximum protection.

Blog | Jun. 08, 2016

Sun Protection: Are You Prepared?

Lupus Now® editor Jenny Palter did one thing right and one thing wrong when it comes to sun safety and UV protection. Her story highlights the importance of not getting complacent when it comes to dealing with the symptoms of lupus.

Blog | May. 17, 2016

Here Comes the Sun (and Your Photosensitivity)

The sight of spring sunshine after months of dull winter skies gives many people a single-minded urge to lather on the tanning lotion and bask in the backyard for hours. But when you’re living with lupus, soaking up the sun can mean setting yourself up for a flare.

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.

Podcasts | Apr. 29, 2014

Ask the Expert - Photosensitivity in Cutaneous Lupus

Ask the Experts: Dr. Victoria Werth discusses photosensitivity in cutaneous lupus.

Research News | Sep. 12, 2013

New Light Shed on Photosensitivity among People with Lupus

Photosensitivity or abnormal light sensitivity is very complex and is a major symptom of lupus. Now, a new, small study sheds more light on photosensitivity among people with lupus. Learn more.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2013

UV Exposure: What You Need to Know

Ultraviolet radiation exposure can cause special concerns in people with lupus. Experts, along with people with lupus, share tips on protecting the skin from outdoor and indoor UV radiation.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2012

Safe Skin = Sure Win!

Joining in the federal government’s ongoing skin safety campaign, the Food and Drug Administration released new rules that all sunscreen manufacturers must abide by starting in December 2012 for larger companies that make sunscreen, and in December 2013 for smaller companies.

Research News | Jan. 20, 2012

Vitamin D Indicates Lupus Disease Activity But Not Organ Damage

This study examined the relationship between levels of vitamin D and autoantibodies in people with lupus.

Research News | Sep. 29, 2011

Self-Reported Effects of Cutaneous Lupus on Quality of Life

The researchers hoped to learn the prevalence of self-reported photosensitivity among people with lupus, as well as its effects on quality of life.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2011

Sun Rules: 5 Facts to Know About Summer Sun Safety

Sun-related topics take on special importance for people with lupus. Here are five facts you need to know for a safer summer.

Research News | Nov. 04, 2010

Low Levels of Vitamin D Are Seen With Increased Lupus Disease Activity

The researchers hoped to learn about the relationship between levels of vitamin D in the blood and lupus disease activity.

Research News | Mar. 17, 2010

Low Level of Vitamin D Does Not Necessarily Result in Bone Disease in People With Lupus

The researchers wanted to know about possible relationships between vitamin D levels in the blood, lupus treatments, and bone mineral density (BMD), a measurement of how thick bones are.


Events

Nov. 27, 2016 1:00 pm | Hard Rock Stadium

Lupus Awareness Night with the Miami Dolphins

Please join us for our inaugural Lupus Awareness Night with the Miami Dolphins. Come and spend the afternoon with us as we watch the Miami Dolphins play against the San Francisco 49ers while raising awareness!

Sep. 27, 2016 12:00 pm | Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Pizza with a Purpose

We invite you to join us at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Coral Gables for our Pizza with a Purpose Fundraiser! Bring along your friends and family to celebrate the upcoming Walk to End Lupus Now in Miami- Florida's largest lupus walk!

Oct. 22, 2016 5:00 pm | Marlins Park

Caminata para Poner Fin al Lupus Ahora

La Fundacion Americana de Lupus, Capitulo de Florida les invita a participar en la caminata mas grande de lupus de la Florida para recaudar fondos y levantar el conocimiento sobre lupus.

Nov. 22, 2016 7:15 pm | Teleconference

Stress Management

Join us to learn how to optimize your health with evidence based tools.

Oct. 04, 2016 7:00 pm | Teleconference

Lupus & Dental Health

Join us to learn about how dental health relates to lupus and managing symptoms.

Sep. 07, 2016 7:00 pm | Chipotle

Night Out for Lupus!

We invite you to join us at Chipotle for a night out for lupus! Bring along your friends and family to celebrate the upcoming Walk to End Lupus Now in Miami – Florida’s largest lupus walk!

Jun. 14, 2016 6:30 pm | Baptist Health Resource Center

Miami/Dade Lupus Support Group (Doral)

Jun. 14, 2016 7:00 pm | Highland Regional Library

North Florida Lupus Support Group (Jacksonville)

Oct. 22, 2016 5:00 pm | Marlins Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Miami

Join us at Marlins Park for 2016 Walk to End Lupus Now! Come and spend your afternoon at the ballpark while helping us raise awareness!

Mar. 03, 2016 7:00 pm | Teleconference

Lupus and the Kidneys: Ask the Experts

This educational teleconference will address complications, medical evaluation and treatment as it relates to kidney involvement in lupus.

Feb. 20, 2016 10:00 am | Nova Southeastern University

Living Well with Lupus Seminar Orlando

Please join us for our Living Well with Lupus Seminar in Orlando.

Jun. 05, 2016 4:00 pm—Jul. 05, 2016 12:00 am | Palm Beach Zoo

Walk to End Lupus Now Palm Beach Donation Deadline

Thank you Palm Beach for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until July 5 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

May. 21, 2016 3:00 pm—Jun. 21, 2016 6:30 pm | Lake Eola Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Orlando Donation Deadline

Thank you Orlando for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until June 21 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Mar. 13, 2016 4:00 pm—Apr. 13, 2016 6:30 pm | Riverside Arts Market

Walk to End Lupus Now Jacksonville Donation Deadline

Thank you Jacksonville for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until April 13 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

May. 30, 2015 9:00 am | Nova Southeastern University

Support Group Training

Are you interested in starting a group in your area or becoming a co-facilitator of an exisiting group? If, so we invite you to attend our next facilitator training.

Nov. 14, 2015 2:00 pm—Dec. 14, 2015 12:00 am | Wickham Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Central Florida Donation Deadline

Thank you for Melbourne for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until December 14 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Oct. 25, 2015 3:00 pm—Nov. 30, 2015 12:00 am | Marlins Park

Walk to End Lupus Now South Florida Fall Donation Deadline

Thank you for Miami for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until November 30 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Nov. 15, 2014 10:30 am | Physicians Regional Medical Center, Palm Dining Room

Southwest Florida Lupus Support Group (Naples)

Nov. 20, 2014 6:30 pm | Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Sand Dollar Room

South Palm Beach Lupus Support Group (Boynton Beach)

Oct. 29, 2014 12:30 pm | Broward Health Coral Springs Hospital, Classroom C

West Broward Lupus Support Group (Coral Springs)

Nov. 12, 2014 7:00 pm | Memorial Regional Hospital South Conf. Room 4

East Broward Lupus Support Group (Hollywood)

Nov. 10, 2014 6:00 pm | St Mary's Medical Center,Main Entrance Conference Room

North Palm Beach Lupus Support Group ( West Palm Beach)

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.

Mar. 29, 2015 4:30 pm | Riverside Arts Market

Walk to End Lupus Now Northern Florida

NEW in 2015! The Walk to End Lupus Now is coming to Northern Florida in Jacksonville. Join us as we rally together to create awareness of lupus while raising funds to fight this terrible disease.

Oct. 30, 2016 7:00 am

25th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run & 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now™

Help us solve the cruel mystery!

Aug. 20, 2016 10:00 am

2016 Lupus Empowerment Workshop-Charlotte

Join us for this two part workshop to learn about lupus and the skin and how to better your doctor-patient communication.

Oct. 17, 2015 | Wichita

Lupus Conference

Nov. 12, 2014 6:30 pm | Clay County Library Orange Park Branch, Room A

North Florida Lupus Support Group (Orange Park)