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  1. Can Plastics Trigger Lupus?

    July 15, 2005 - A family of chemicals used to make toys, polyesters, and cosmetics triggers lupus in mice bred to develop the autoimmune disease, research shows. The chemicals, called phthalates, don't cause lupus in normal mice. And it's not at all clear that the mouse findings are relevant to huma

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  2. Organ Transplant Drug Controls Lupus Symptoms

    Oct. 18, 2004 -- The drug CellCept works in controlling lupus symptoms, yet with few short-term side effects, research shows. CellCept is approved for preventing organ transplant rejection and is known to work for patients who have kidney damage from lupus. However, a new study shows it holds great

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  3. Lupus Patients Risk Early Heart Disease

    Dec. 17, 2003 -- People with lupus are more likely to have clogged arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke at a younger age, likely due to the inflammation from lupus. Two new studies point to the need for doctors treating lupus patients to give more time and attention -- and treatment --

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  4. Can Broccoli Prevent Lupus?

    Nov. 6, 2003 -- Need yet another good reason to eat your vegetables? The cruciferous kind -- including broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower -- are believed to protect against a host of human cancers. Now, early animal studies suggest they may also prevent -- and even treat -- the autoimmune disease lu

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  5. Body Shows Early Clues for Lupus

    Oct. 15, 2003 -- Long before lupus is diagnosed, things are going awry in the body. New research offers first hints of this progression. It may open a window for early testing and treatment. The study appears in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE

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  6. Cannabis May Suppress Immune System

    April 15, 2003 -- Cannabis may offer hope to people with autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Cannabis seems to decrease inflammation in the body by suppressing certain parts of the immune system. Researchers are hoping this finding will lead to new treatments. Previous studi

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  7. Thalidomide Helps Lupus Skin Rash

    Jan. 24, 2003 -- Thalidomide helps treatment-resistant skin rash in lupus patients. This means the FDA should ease the strict rules limiting use of the birth-defect-causing drug, researchers argue. No drug anywhere is more infamous than thalidomide. Originally a tranquilizer frequently given to wome

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  8. Some DHEA Pills Don't Live Up to Label

    Dec. 11, 2002 -- Several brands of an over-the-counter supplement don't live up to their labels. Bottles of at least three brands of DHEA contain less of the potent synthetic hormone than they say they do, an independent laboratory says. Researchers at ConsumerLab.com looked at 17 commonly available

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  9. Genetic Link to Lupus Identified

    Oct. 28, 2002 -- People with a certain genetic flaw may be more likely than others to develop lupus. Although researchers have suspected a genetic link to lupus existed, a new study has pinpointed one gene. Researchers studied more than 2,500 people with lupus and found that people with the disease

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  10. Compound Holds Promise for Lupus

    Oct. 16, 2002 -- A chemical related to anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax has shown promise in treating lupus. The discovery could lead to safer and more effective new drugs for managing lupus and other autoimmune disorders. Lupus is a disease in which the mechanisms that normally preven

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