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Lupus and stem cell transplant therapy

INTRODUCTION Recently, there has been an influx of research about stem cell therapies being used as a potential treatment for SLE and other lupus overlap diseases.  At Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, we have received several inquiries regarding this new therapy, and deemed it responsible to clarify (due to its experimental and somewhat controversial nature) what stem…

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil: What You Need to Know

Contents: What is Plaquenil? Other than Plaquenil, what are the other antimalarial drugs? Why are antimalarial drugs used to treat lupus? How do antimalarial drugs work to control lupus symptoms? What should I keep in mind when taking antimalarial drugs?  How to use Plaquenil What are the possible side effects of antimalarial drugs? Can I…

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New Year’s Resolutions!

A New Way of Looking at New Year’s Resolutions! What are resolutions? By definition, a resolution is the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.  It is a solution to, an answer to, an end to, or settlement of…an issue.  So when you make a New Year’s resolution the idea is that it…

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Your ANA: Facts and Fiction

Two Scenarios SCENARIO ONE: Sarah’s heart is racing as she sits in her doctor’s office awaiting her test results.   The visible facial rash and joint pain that appeared after her baby was born have been extremely challenging to live with.  The answers to what seem like months of waiting, months of referrals, and months of…

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Lupus and Holiday Stress

Lupus and Holiday Stress  The holidays are here and ‘jingling along the way with them’ are the mixed Santa’s bag of emotions that creep-up on us during this special season.  Along with the good tidings, come the “I-have-no-idea-what-gift-to-buy” worries, the financial woes, the work obligations,  the meal-planning insecurities (for everyone’s special dietary needs), the fighting…

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The Paleo and Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What you should know

Contents: What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Paleo Diet? Are they good for lupus and other autoimmune diseases? What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? What is the Paleo Diet? In Conclusion: What should be in your grocery basket?   What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Paleo Diet? Are they good for lupus and other autoimmune diseases?   Lupus is…

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Lupus and Exercise

DISCLAIMER We, at Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, are not doctors or physical therapists.  Therefore, we cannot assume to know the appropriate exercise program for you with your specific health limitations and/or concerns.  We know exercise is not a “one size fits all” solution.  This blog is only intended to inform you on the medically proven benefits,…

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There’s An App for THAT! Living With Lupus in the Age of Technology

Note:  For the latest in smart phone apps specific to lupus, check out our updated blog by clicking here Lupus and Mobile Tech – Smartphone Apps and Managing Your Health Contents: EPA’s SunWise UV Index App MANGO Health App Lupus Tracker Pro Image InBox The Lupus Companion Other Helpful Apps     In the age…

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Lupus and Hormones

INTRODUCTION Hormones are unique messengers that maintain and regulate numerous bodily functions. For the last several decades, more research has suggested the sex hormone estrogen, in particular, is believed to play a role in not only being a possible lupus trigger, but also with increasing lupus symptoms.  Interestingly enough, both men and women produce estrogen,…

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The Breakdown List About Benlysta

Contents: The Good The Bad Where did it come from? How does it work? Conclusion   I have been listening to all this Benlysta talk.  Have you?  If you haven’t heard by now, Benlysta is the first FDA approved drug in over 50 years that has been designed specifically for the treatment of lupus.  It…

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