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  1. Certain Symptoms Can Delay Lupus Diagnosis: Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lupus and other rheumatic diseases can cause neurological symptoms such as headaches and seizures, which can delay a correct diagnosis for months, a new report says. Treatments for rheumatic diseases can also cause these

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  2. Lupus Patients Face High Rehospitalization Rates

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in six hospitalized lupus patients requires readmission to the hospital within a month after discharge, according to a new study. While patients' disease severity contributed to readmission rates, other population differ

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  3. High Blood Pressure, Steroids May Worsen Lupus

    Nov. 4, 2013 (San Diego) -- High blood pressure and steroid medication may worsen lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and other organs. The good news is that patients might be able to change both risk factors, says Ian Bruce, MD. He

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  4. Many Lupus Patients Forgo Needed Medication: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Many poorer patients with the autoimmune disease lupus don't take their medications as prescribed, a new U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that lupus patients on Medicaid -- the public health insurance program for the poor --

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  5. Women With Lupus Seem at Higher Risk for Hip Fractures

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 4 (HealthDay News) -- Women with lupus -- the autoimmune disease that can damage skin, joints and organs -- also are at higher risk of a hip fracture known as a cervical fracture, new research from Taiwan suggests. Dr. Shu-Hung Wang, of the Taipei

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  6. Drug Shows Promise for Lupus Skin Conditions

    Dec. 7, 2012 -- A drug related to thalidomide may be more potent and less toxic than thalidomide, which is often used to treat lupus skin conditions. In a small study from Spain, lupus patients showed dramatic improvements in skin lesions while taking the drug, lenalidomide (Revlimid), and most rela

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  7. WebMD's My Story: How a Reader Faces Lupus 1 Day at a Time

    At 23, I was on top of the world. I had my dream job as a writer and traveled all over North America to research stories. I bought my first townhouse. I was loving life. After a trip to Montreal, I developed the flu. I was exhausted. I often got tired after trips, but this time was different. My han

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  8. Flesh-Eating Bacteria and Lupus

    May 14, 2012 -- Infection with flesh-eating bacteria, a condition called called necrotizing fasciitis, has struck Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old Georgia student who reportedly also has lupus. It's estimated that 5 million people worldwide, including 1.5 million Americans, have lupus. Are they at risk

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  9. New Guidelines for Kidney Disease Due to Lupus

    May 3, 2012 -- When lupus attacks the kidneys, the damage can be life-threatening. Now, updated guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology are aimed at identifying kidney involvement in lupus early and treating it aggressively to stop this damage in its tracks. Systemic lupus erythematosus

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  10. Lupus and Family Support

    If someone you love has lupus, you probably are affected by the illness too. Whether it’s your spouse, parent, child, or close friend who has lupus, chances are that lupus touches your relationship in some way. It can be hard to know how to deal with a chronic illness like lupus. In many cases, you

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