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How is thrombocytopenia treated?

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Can blood disorders be safely treated with blood transfusions?

If I am pregnant, can I still be treated for antiphospholipid antibodies?

Are there treatments for antiphospholipid antibodies?

What happens if I leave my lupus untreated?

How is lupus treated?

Should a person with lupus be on a gluten-free diet?

What do I need to know about Rituxan® and lupus?

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What do I need to know about CellCept® and fertility?

What do I need to know about acupuncture and lupus?

How is drug-induced lupus related to systemic lupus?

What are some non-medication ways to relieve pain?

Is light therapy for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) safe?

Are people with lupus more prone to infections?

Does Plaquenil® work for stroke prevention and heart health?

Are there effective medications for lupus beside prednisone?

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Does lupus always go into remission?

What treatments are being studied for lupus?

What is the history of lupus?

What kinds of doctors treat lupus?

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News & Stories

Video | Jan. 15, 2009

Target Awareness: Lupus

An introduction to lupus and the services of the Lupus Foundation of America.

Podcasts | Jul. 23, 2014

Treat-to-Target in Lupus

Treat-to-Target is a treatment approach that has been used successfully in other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. An international group of lupus experts has developed a set of recommendations for using this principle in lupus.

Research News | Jul. 21, 2014

Treat-to-Target in Lupus

An international group of lupus experts has developed a set of recommendations to implement the treat-to-target strategy for managing lupus.

Blog | Mar. 06, 2014

Lupus in the Kidney: What are the risks and what can be done about it?

Lupus in the kidneys, also known as nephritis, can be difficult. Dr. Joan T. Merrill, Lupus Foundation of America's Medical Director, explains the risk for lupus in the kidneys, current treatment options, and hope for the future.

General News | Mar. 04, 2014

Sandra C. Raymond Featured on BioCentury This Week

Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of Lupus Foundation of America, was featured on BioCentury This Week to speak about lupus and the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP). Watch now!

Podcasts | Feb. 12, 2014

Hydroxycloroquine May Help Prevent APS Pregnancy Complications

Study examines the effects of the antimalarial drug, hydroxycloroquine, on antiphospholipid antibodies that are responsible for pregnancy complications in women with lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome.

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 | Jan. 22, 2014

Study Finds Malaria Drug Combo Could Help Prevent Lupus Pregnancy Complications

Lupus Foundation of America supported study finds combination therapy that includes hydroxychloroquine may be beneficial to pregnant patients with lupus and/or antiphospholipid syndrome.

Podcasts | Nov. 07, 2013

Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells as a Potential Therapy for Lupus

Dr. Gary Gilkeson of the Medical University of South Carolina discusses his Lupus Foundation of America funded study on the potential use of human mesenchymal stem cells as a therapy for lupus.

Podcasts | Nov. 05, 2013

New Research Gives Insight for Improving Future Lupus Clinical Trials

Dr. Kenneth Kalunian discusses the Lupus Foundation of America Collective Data Analysis Initiative (LFA CDAI) which is providing insight into the impact various background medications may have on lupus clinical trial outcomes.

Blog | Nov. 05, 2013

Why Are Treatments That Were Developed For Malaria Now Widely Used for Lupus?

In her Expert Column, Dr. Joan T. Merrill, Medical Director, explains why antimalarial medicines are now used to treat lupus.

Podcasts | Nov. 04, 2013

Complementary Medicine and Lupus

Ask the Expert: Dr. Betsy Blazek O'Neill discusses complementary medicines and lupus

Research News | Oct. 28, 2013

New Findings Show Damage Resulting from Lupus is a Potentially Modifiable Outcome

According to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, researchers have identified three potentially modifiable risk factors and one protective medication that may improve the health of people living with lupus.

Research News | Oct. 28, 2013

In Treatment Adherence Study, Many Medicaid Beneficiaries Struggled to Stay on Medications

Researchers from the University of California and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston recently examined adherence among Medicaid beneficiaries with lupus to prescribed medications and found the patients were not following treatment plans, putting themselves at risk for poor outcomes.

General News | Oct. 18, 2013

US Department of Defense Provides Another $1.8 Million to Support Research on Lupus

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Research Program announces two new lupus research grant awards, bringing the total DoD funds to date for support of lupus research to $14 million.

General News | Sep. 28, 2013

Learn About the New Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace offers coverage to many Americans who currently do not have health insurance. We have gathered relevant links to help you locate the information you need to know.

Research News | Aug. 16, 2013

Adult Stems Cells in the Treatment of Lupus - Where are we now?

Cell based therapies are a growing interest in all areas of medicine as they are viewed as long term solutions rather than temporary fixes. A recent journal article highlights progress made in better understanding the potential for two basic types of adult stem cells.

Research News | Aug. 15, 2013

Pilot Study Sheds Light on a Potential New Approach for Treating Lupus Nephritis

Lupus nephritis, which can damage and scar the kidneys, is one of the most common and serious complications of lupus. This new study suggests that with the right induction regimen, it may be possible to avoid maintenance (long-term) treatment with oral steroids.

Video | Jul. 19, 2013

Why Lupus is a Cruel Mystery

Learn what makes lupus so different from many other diseases and why lupus is a cruel mystery.

Research News | Jun. 03, 2013

Early Use of Hydroxychloroquine May Protect Against Organ Damage in Lupus

People with lupus who were treated with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an anti-malarial drug, early after a diagnosis of lupus had less cumulative organ damage at three years after diagnosis than those who did not receive HCQ, according to a new analysis.

General News | May. 16, 2013

Lupus Educational Curriculum Developed to Address Diagnosis Challenges

A new medical education curriculum to help medical professionals make early diagnosis of lupus has been unveiled by representatives of The Lupus Initiative in Washington, DC.

Magazine | Mar. 01, 2013

When Lupus Targets the Kidneys

Making gains against lupus kidney disease

Video | Nov. 08, 2012

Advancing Science - Improving Lives

Our national lupus research program aggressively seeks to advance the science and medicine of lupus and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2012

Alternatives for Health: Complementary & alternative therapies may ease symptoms

In addition to medications and other medical care from doctors, a large and growing number of people turn to other healing practices to try to improve their health.

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

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.

Podcasts | May. 22, 2012

Treating Lupus

Dr. Richard Furie of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System provides an overview of how lupus is treated.

Podcasts | Apr. 30, 2012

Understanding Lupus

Lupus Foundation of America Medical Director Dr. Joan Merrill provides an overview of lupus and its health effects.

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.

Magazine | Mar. 01, 2012

Biomarkers in Lupus

Biomarkers are very much in the news today, in stories about how to determine who is at risk for a disease or condition, or the ways in which a group or population is reacting to a particular treatment. They also play a role in the development of new medications.

Research News | Feb. 17, 2012

Dynamics of Lupus within First Five Years of Diagnosis

The results of this study reveal differences in autoantibody profiles over time in people with lupus, with important ethnicity-related differences, and their relationship to lupus-mediated organ damage over time.

Research News | Dec. 02, 2011

Interview-Driven, Patient-Reported Lupus Damage

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.

General News | Nov. 16, 2011

New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Results of Study of CellCept® for Lupus Nephritis

The New England Journal of Medicine published results from a long-term study for the treatment of lupus nephritis.

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.

Podcasts | Nov. 16, 2011

Vitamin D Supplementation in Lupus

Dr. Michelle Petri of the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center discussed the results of a study of vitamin D supplementation in people with lupus.

General News | Nov. 07, 2011

New Study Sheds Light on the Challenges of Developing Lupus Treatments

Lupus Foundation of America Funded Research First to Use Pooled Data from Previous Treatment Trials.

General News | Nov. 03, 2011

“Strike While the Iron is Hot” How the Lupus Initiative is Advancing Rheumatology

The Rhuematologist features "The Lupus Initiative," a national health care provider education initiative to improve lupus diagnosis, treatment, and management among minorities.

General News | Oct. 31, 2011

Lupus Organizations Around the Globe Urge NICE to Provide Coverage for Benlysta®

National lupus organizations, and individuals with lupus and their families around the world, are rallying to protect access to new treatments of lupus.

Research News | Oct. 28, 2011

Variable Effects of Two Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccinations in People with Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn about the safety and efficacy of two influenza A (H1N1) vaccinations given to people with lupus.

Research News | Sep. 01, 2011

Comparison of Lupus Nephritis Classifications of Two International Organizations

The researchers aimed to determine the effects of the ISN-RPS re-classifications for lupus nephritis on patient outcomes.

General News | Jun. 10, 2011

LFA Represents Lupus Community at Pediatric Rheumatic Drug Treatment Meeting

A meeting of key stakeholders from the federal government, industry, and academia will be discussing pediatric rheumatic drug treatments and a consolidated adverse events registry.

General News | May. 13, 2011

Lupus Foundation of America Presents at National Institutes of Health Lessons in Lupus Event

Dario Dieguez, PhD, from the Lupus Foundation of America joined leading NIH lupus experts to explore current issues in lupus, including risk factors and treatment therapies.

General News | Apr. 13, 2011

Lupus Foundation of America and RN.com Launch New Lupus Education Program

Program provides lupus education to nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.

Research News | Apr. 08, 2011

Biomarkers Predict Success of Lupus Nephritis Drug Therapy

Since lupus nephritis can be severe and the therapy can be toxic, it is important to be able to predict which patients would most benefit from long-term treatment.

General News | Mar. 09, 2011

LFA Applauds FDA Decision to Approve Benlysta for the Treatment of Lupus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug, BENLYSTA®, for the treatment of lupus, an autoimmune disease.

Research News | Jan. 07, 2011

CellCept® Is Superior to Azathioprine In Treatment of Lupus Nephritis

There are a number of treatments used for lupus nephritis, but none of them are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The researchers hoped to compare the efficacy and safety of MMF and azathioprine as maintenance therapy.

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2010

About Time: Get the Most Out of Your Meds

Keeping track of your medications, and taking them correctly, can feel overwhelming. Learn more about how to get the most out of your medications.

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2010

You and Your Doctor: Supplements

You know the importance of following your doctor’s guidelines about medication, exercise, and rest; reducing stress; and eating a healthy diet. But if you’re like many people with lupus, at one time or another you’ve come across a dietary or herbal supplement that really sounds as though it could help you. So, what do you do?

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2010

Safeguarding Our Youth:

LFA-Funded Research Improves the Outlook for Childhood Lupus

Video | Oct. 28, 2010

New Therapeutic Targets for Lupus

Dr. Isenberg discusses several of the new agents under evaluation for lupus and looks to ways lupus treatment will change with evolving technology and new scientific findings.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2010

Drug Spotlight on Hydroxychloroquine

Hydroxychloroquine belongs to the family of medicines called “antimalarials” (AMs), which are also classified as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, or DMARDs. These drugs were initially used to prevent and to treat malaria but are no longer used for those purposes.

Podcasts | May. 27, 2010

Newly Diagnosed with Lupus

Dr. David Wofsy of the University of California, San Francisco, leads a discussion and takes questions about being newly diagnosed and living with lupus.

Research News | May. 01, 2010

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Benefits People with Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn whether cognitive behavioral thearpy could help people with lupus cope with stress, anxiety, and depression, all of which may co-occur with a chronic illness.

Research News | Dec. 22, 2009

Genentech’s Rontalizumab Is Well-Tolerated by Lupus Patients in a Phase I Clinical Trial

This trial was the first stage of testing for rontalizumab, which is a new treatment that interferes with an inflammatory protein called "interferon-alpha."


Events

Nov. 13, 2014 7:00 pm | Teleconference

Ask The Experts: Lupus and Stress

Learn how to reduce and cope with stress.

Oct. 18, 2014 10:00 am | Teleconference

Ask The Experts: Lupus and Disability

What you need to know to help with issues surrounding disability.

Sep. 18, 2014 7:00 pm | Teleconference

Ask The Experts: Nutrition and Rheumatic Diseases

Good nutrition is key to an overall treatment of lupus.

Aug. 07, 2014 7:30 pm | Teleconference

Ask the Experts: Lupus and Depression

Learn how to grow and gain new insights into your life.

Apr. 17, 2014 5:00 pm

SLESH Course

Join us for the SLE Self Help Course - a five week program designed to teach people with lupus how to take a more active part in their health care and live better despite lupus.

Dec. 06, 2014 10:00 am | Broward College (North Campus)

Redefining Lupus : Putting the Pieces Together (South Florida- Broward)

Join us for the only lupus educational seminar series in Florida. This comprehensive event will cover a variety of topics and the latest lupus advancements.

Oct. 25, 2014 10:00 am | Palm Beach Atlantic University

Redefining Lupus : Putting the Pieces Together (South Florida- Palm Beach)

Join us for the only lupus educational seminar series in Florida. This comprehensive event will cover a variety of topics and the latest lupus advancements.

Sep. 06, 2014 10:00 am | Florida State College (Kent Campus)

Redefining Lupus: Putting the Pieces Together (Northern Florida)

Join us for the only lupus educational seminar series in Florida. This comprehensive event will cover a variety of topics and the latest lupus advancements.

Jan. 31, 2014 1:30 pm—Dec. 31, 2014 11:30 pm | Via Teleconference

2014 Ask The Experts Teleconference Series

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world's leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home!  

Oct. 18, 2014 9:00 am | Continental Room - Central Connecticut State University

Life & Lupus Educational Symposium

Come out for our Life & Lupus Educational Symposium, featuring medical and alternative health professionals.

Sep. 06, 2014 10:00 am | Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center

Charlotte Lupus Empowerment Seminar

This seminar will provide information on 2 different topics: Lupus and the Musculoskeletal System and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Jun. 28, 2014 9:00 am | Meeting will take place at Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey

Annual Business Meeting

Meeting Agenda: Opening Remarks, Educational Seminar, Board Elections, Cathy Lee Iczkowski Service Award, Butterfly of Hope Recognition Awards, Walk Award Presentations, Volunteer Recognition Awards, Closing Remarks.

May. 31, 2014 10:00 am | Washington, DC

Understanding Advocacy- How You Can Help!

Feel empowered to advocate for yourself on a social and political level to overcome healthcare barriers.

Mar. 15, 2014 9:30 am | Corporate University in the Dowdle Center on the Huntsville Hospital Campus

Living with Lupus Seminar

The Mid-South Chapter is presenting its first "Living with Lupus" seminar in Huntsville, AL on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Dr. Winn Chatham will be presenting the topic, "Current & Promising New Approaches to Treating Lupus".

Mar. 22, 2014 1:00 pm

Augusta Lupus Empowerment Symposium

Our Annual Lupus Symposium in Augusta has moved to March 22, 2014!

Oct. 24, 2013 6:00 pm | Raleigh

Raleigh “Pain Management” Workshop

Participants will learn ways to manage severe and chronic pain including medications, therapies, and coping strategies.

Oct. 10, 2013 6:00 pm | Charlotte, NC

Charlotte “Pain Management” Workshop

Participants will learn ways to manage severe and chronic pain including medications, therapies, and coping strategies.

Oct. 08, 2013 6:00 pm | Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville “Pain Management” Workshop

Learn how to help manage severe and chronic pain associated with lupus including practical tips and precautions, prevention, and coping strategies.

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

Support Group

Nov. 13, 2013 7:00 pm

Ask the Experts Teleconference: Alternative & Complementary Therapies

Learn about complementary therapies and lifestyle changes one can incorporate into their daily routine to enhance health and maximize lupus control.

Oct. 13, 2013 9:00 am | Memorial Hall, CCSU

Life + Lupus… an Educational Symposium

Learn more about living with lupus at the Life + Lupus... an Educational Symposium.

Nov. 02, 2013 1:00 pm | Evergreen Hospital Medical Center

Understanding Lupus & New Treatment Approaches

Educational symposium to be presented by LFA, PNW and Sisters Against Lupus (SAL)

Aug. 07, 2014 6:30 pm | At Home

Ask the Experts: Teleconference Series

Lupus: Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus.