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  1. 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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  2. Benlysta Shows Promise for Lupus

    Nov. 15, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with lupus given the first in a new class of experimental drugs that target the disease process did better than patients given standard treatment, according to one-year results of a large clinical trial. Longer follow-up of the patients suggests that over time, the

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  3. Statins May Not Benefit Kids With Lupus

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- The routine use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in children and adolescents with systemic lupus is not warranted, a new study suggests. Researchers say the findings surprised them, as children with systemic lupus are at increased risk of early-onset atherosclerosis tha

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  4. Lupus Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with systemic lupus are 15% times more likely to develop cancer compared with the general population, suggest findings of a study involving nearly 13,500 people with systemic lupus. The higher malignancy rate among people with systemic lupus is driven mainly by an in

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  5. New Drug May Reduce Severity of Lupus

    Oct. 20, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- The first in a new class of experimental drugs that targets the disease process involved in lupus beat out standard treatment in a large clinical trial, researchers say. If the findings hold up, the drug, Benlysta, could become the first new drug for lupus in five dec

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  6. Insecticides May Raise Risk of Lupus, RA

    Oct. 20, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Women who spray their homes and gardens with insecticides may be placing themselves at risk for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, a study shows.  In a study of more than 75,000 women, those who used insecticides six or more times a year had nearly two-and-a-half times t

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  7. Genetic Link to Lupus

    Oct. 19, 2009 -- At least a dozen or more genes may help explain what causes lupus, according to two new studies. Researchers have identified 12 genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the disease commonly referred to as lupus. Lupus is an a

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  8. Lupus Drugs Dull Flu Shots

    July 30, 2009 -- Immunity-suppressing lupus drugs dampen the effects of flu vaccines, a Dutch study warns. Lupus patients who are taking these drugs at the same time they get their flu shots may be vulnerable to flu complications. Flu is often more severe and deadly for lupus patients than for peopl

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  9. Lupus May Lessen Sense of Smell

    May 7, 2006 -- People with lupus may be more likely to have a diminished sense of smell, a new study says. The finding may be significant, Israeli researchers say, because a loss of smell could be a symptom that would help doctors make an earlier diagnosis of lupus and other diseases. Olfactory dysf

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  10. Birth Control Pills May Raise Lupus Risk

    April 13, 2009 -- Women who take birth control pills, especially higher-dose versions, may have an increased risk of getting lupus, an autoimmune disease, according to a new study. "Women who take oral contraceptives have a 50% higher risk of having lupus than women who don't take them," says study

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