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    1. 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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    2. 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 th

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 6 New Lupus Genes Found

      Jan. 23, 2008 -- Lupus researchers have found six new genes that affect lupus risk -- and they suspect that that's just the tip of the iceberg. "Numerous" genes make systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) -- commonly called lupus -- more likely, and such discoveries may lead to new lupus treatments, the

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    8. Fish Oil Supplements May Ease Lupus

      Nov. 7, 2007 (Boston) -- Fish oil supplements may help improve the symptoms of lupus, according to new research presented at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting. What's more, the supplements also improve blood flow and blood vessel function in people with lupus who are known to be

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    9. New Vaccine May Treat Lupus

      Oct. 1, 2007 -- An experimental vaccine-like treatment helps prolong the lives of lab mice with lupus by targeting rogue immune cells linked to the disease. The treatment is a form of targeted immunotherapy, and a new study shows it prolonged the lives of mice with lupus by 10 months. Although the r

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    10. Men's Lupus Treatment: Fertility Woes?

      June 28, 2007 -- A new study shows a lupus treatment may lead to fertility problems in men. Researchers found sperm damage linked to infertility is common in men with lupus and appears to be related to a commonly used treatment for the disease. Because the disease tends to strike during the reproduc

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