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Lupus – B Cells, T Cells and the Immune System

When B cells and T cells don’t know when to quit – the result – is lupus.  Both are specialized blood cells that are critical for a healthy immune system, but they also cause the damage that comes with lupus.  Read on to learn more about how these cells are supposed to defend the body,…

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Lupus, Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infections

More than one in three of all those with lupus experience urinary tract infections (UTIs) – far more than the general public.  They are among the most common reasons for lupus hospitalization and if not treated early, can lead to serious damage.  Read on find out about the causes, symptoms and treatments for UTIs and…

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Lupus and Celiac Disease

Having lupus increases the risk of developing another autoimmune disease, like celiac disease – by the 30% or more. Read on to find out more celiac disease, gluten and what they could mean for those with lupus. Introduction to Lupus and Celiac disease What if I have lupus and think I have celiac disease? More…

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Lupus and the Menstrual Cycle

“The average woman experiences around 450 periods in her lifetime.”  That means women spend nearly 10 years of their life on their period.  Since 90% of individuals with lupus are women of childbearing age (15-44), it stands to reason that lupus may somehow impact menstruation. If so, what’s the relationship between the two? Introduction What…

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Lupus and Coffee

How many of us NEED a cup of coffee to start our day? Yet, what does it mean to consume coffee while living with lupus? The medical community is beginning to ask that question as well. Read on and find out about coffee and its impact on lupus. Introduction What Makes Coffee, Coffee? Coffee and…

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Lupus and Tattoos

It is estimated that almost one-third of all people on earth have at least one tattoo … including many living with lupus.  You may have heard conflicting opinions on whether someone with an autoimmune disease should get a tattoo.  To help, here are some of the most important facts and safety concerns to consider before…

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Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and Lupus

This article examines the relationship between the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and the development of lupus. Introduction Who is at risk, and what causes EBV? What are the Symptoms of EBV? How is EBV diagnosed and treated? What is the relationship between EBV and lupus? In Conclusion   Introduction Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a relatively common…

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