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  1. Parenting With Lupus

    When you have lupus, taking care of yourself can be hard enough. If you're a parent — dealing with rheumatology appointments on top of dirty diapers and school bake sales — it may quickly become overwhelming for everyone. "A parent's lupus will have an impact on their kids," says Robert Katz, MD, a

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  2. Lupus Fog and Memory Problems

    Lupus fog -- the forgetfulness and fuzzy-headed feeling that can come with lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) – can be one of the most frustrating symptoms of the condition. The term lupus fog means more than memory problems. It also refers to cognitive difficulties, such as trouble helpin

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  3. Lupus Medications and Treatments

    Lupus -- also called systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE -- might not have a cure, but it's a highly treatable condition. Lupus medications can help lower long-term risks and keep symptoms under control. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 80% to 90% of people with lupus can expect a norm

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  4. Smoking Raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    Dec. 13, 2010 -- Add severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to the list of diseases linked to cigarette smoking. Findings from a study, which appear in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggest that smoking accounts for more than a third of cases of the most common form of RA and for more than 50% of

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  5. Fighting Lupus Fatigue and Boosting Energy

    Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of lupus. In fact, most people with lupus have fatigue at some point in their illness. “When lupus hit, it was like running into a wall at 80 mph,” says Ann S. Utterback, PhD, a broadcast voice specialist in Virginia who was diagnosed with lupus in 2006. “I

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  6. Lupus and Sex: 8 Ways to Improve Your Sex Life

    When Adam Brown was diagnosed with lupus in 2007, he was afraid it would mean the end of his sex life. “Sex was definitely a big concern, especially since I was only 23,” he says. But Brown, now 26 and married, was relieved to find that wasn’t the case. “It was a little rough going at first, but my

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  7. Lupus on the Job: Your Rights and Responsibilities

    When you’re diagnosed with lupus, you may have many questions about how to handle your lupus at work. You may wonder how long you’ll be able to work. Or what to do if there are certain job functions you have difficulty doing. And you may worry about whether to tell your employer and coworkers that y

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  8. Heart Attack Risk Quickly Follows RA Diagnosis

    Dec. 8, 2010 -- Heart attack risk significantly increases one year after rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis, new research suggests. The new study, which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine, is not the first to link RA and heart disease, but it does show that an increas

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  9. Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis

    Nov.  29, 2010 (Chicago) -- Light exercises such as walking and bowling and avoidance of knee-bending activities such as climbing and squatting may protect against osteoarthritis of the knee in at-risk people, researchers report. On the flip side, high-impact sports such as running and skiing are as

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  10. FDA Advisory Panel Backs New Lupus Drug

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- At the end of a day of often emotional testimony, an FDA advisory panel overwhelmingly voted to recommend the approval of a new drug for the treatment of systemic lupus. If the FDA follows the panel’s advice, the drug, belimumab, will be the first drug approved in more than 50 years

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