A New Clue Why Autoimmune Diseases Target Women

Researchers have long searched to understand why diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis disproportionately affect women. Now, findings from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation shed some new light. Sjögren’s, lupus, RA and more than 80 other disorders are known as “autoimmune” diseases, conditions in which the immune system becomes unbalanced and turns on the body… Read More »

BIDMC Researchers Identify Enzyme that Contributes to Development of Lupus

BOSTON – Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have identified an enzyme that is significantly elevated in mouse models of systemic lupus erythematosus and in blood samples of patients with lupus. Published online today in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, the new findings demonstrate that inhibition of the SHP-2 enzyme can significantly diminish… Read More »

JFK Middle School Raises Funds for the LALIQ

On Friday, April 15th, with the help of JFK Student Council, 8th grade student Adina Rahman raised money for the Lupus Alliance of Long Island. Lupus Alliance has been helping those with lupus and their families since 1955. Their goal is to serve, educate and find the cause and cure for lupus, while helping those… Read More »

Study Reveals Role for Oxidized Mitochondrial DNA in Lupus

Researchers at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research have discovered that the neutrophils of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients release oxidized DNA from their mitochondria that can stimulate an unwanted immune response. The study “Oxidized mitochondrial nucleoids released by neutrophils drive type I interferon production in human lupus,” which will be published online April 18… Read More »

A Promising Future Treatment for Lupus

A promising future treatment for lupus – Innovate Long Island There’s a long tunnel ahead, but for millions around the world suffering from lupus, the light at the end shines brightly. That’s the fervent belief of Meggan Mackay, a board-certified rheumatologist and assistant professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Mackay is initiating a… Read More »

Chaos, Hope, and the Lupus Butterfly Theory

Lupus Butterfly Theory The lupus butterfly theory suggests that antibodies that attack DNA in lupus may be sources of both chaos and hope. In this image DNA-damaging antibodies are shown as purple butterflies, the symbol of lupus. Photo credit: Image by Christian Chang (www.christianchang.com) and James Hansen. Yale researchers believe some antibodies associated with lupus… Read More »

Understanding Molecular Diversity of Lupus Could Personalize Treatment Approach, Improve Clinical Trials

Understanding Molecular Diversity of Lupus Could Personalize Treatment Approach, Improve Clinical Trials – Lupus News Today In a landmark study, principal researcher Virginia Pascual at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research, and colleagues, investigated the molecular diversity of lupus and found that a personalized immuno-monitoring approach allows for classification of patients into specific disease groups. Researchers believe these… Read More »