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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Risks for Pregnant Women With Lupus

    Nov. 14, 2006 (Washington) -- Pregnant women who have lupus are at greater risk for serious complications -- including infection and death, according to the largest study ever to look at pregnancy outcomes in lupus patients. However, this sounds far worse than it is, experts tell WebMD. Such complic

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  8. Genetic Markers Spotted for Lupus

    Nov. 10, 2006 -- New research on the genetic roots of lupus may eventually lead to a blood test to help diagnose the disease. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakes the body's connective tissue for a foreign invader and attacks it. The exact cause of lupus isn't known, bu

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  9. New Target for Lupus Treatment?

    Sept. 14, 2006 -- An exciting new study shows a new target for future lupus treatments. Lupus is an autoimmune disease: The body is attacked by its own immune system. In lupus, that attack may come from a kind of immune cell called a B cell. As the body makes new B cells, a few of them go haywire an

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  10. Stem Cells May Ease Severe Lupus

    Jan. 31, 2006 -- When people with severe lupus have failed other treatment options, their stem cells may help save their lives. The finding, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, doesn't amount to a cure for lupus, a disease of the immune system. However, half of the study's

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