Kaleidoscope Blog

We provide a wealth of information about lupus – its symptoms, treatments and the profound ways that it affects people’s lives. Our blogs also highlight the latest medical research behind the                               never-ending quest for a cure.

Lupus and Neurotransmitters

Lupus can attack any part of the body, and that includes the brain – causing lupus fog, memory problems and even mood swings.  Neurotransmitters, are your brain’s chemical messengers and they are definitely part of the possible.  What are neurotransmitters and why does it matter to those living with lupus?  Read on to find out! …

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Lupus and Cancer

The relationship between lupus and cancer is very complex.  There is a higher risk for some cancers, a lower risk for others, and even some lupus medications can increase the risks.  Read on to take a closer look at the links between living with lupus and the risk for cancer, and find out what you…

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A Brief History of Lupus

Lupus is a complex disease, and its history, which spans centuries, is just as complex – an amazing story of discovery from 400 BC to the present.  Read on for a brief outline of the history of lupus. Introduction The History of Lupus The Classical Period The Neoclassical Period The Modern Period In Conclusion Introduction…

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Lupus and Infections

Infections are a significant cause of concern for those with lupus, accounting for up to 30% of all lupus deaths!  So, what are the risks, and what can be done to lower them? Introduction to Lupus and Infections Who are at the greatest risk of infection? Which infections pose the greatest risks? Can infections cause…

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Type 1 and Type 2 Lupus

Lupus is such a complex and poorly understood disease that it can be difficult for patients and healthcare providers to even talk about, much less treat.  So, researchers at the Duke Lupus Clinic have proposed a new approach that may hold the key to better conversations – and even better science – when it comes…

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Monoclonal Antibodies and Lupus

For some with lupus, monoclonal antibodies are life-changing medications that reduce the need for corticosteroids and immunosuppressants – and their side effects.  How do monoclonal antibodies work and are they an option for you?  Read on to find out! Introduction What are antibodies and what is so special about monoclonal antibodies? How do monoclonal antibodies…

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Lupus and Kratom

Using kratom to treat many health conditions, including lupus and its overlap diseases, is highly controversial. What is kratom and is it worth the risk?   Introduction to Lupus and Kratom How can kratom treat lupus? What are the risks of kratom use? In Conclusion Introduction to Lupus and Kratom Kratom may sound like something…

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Lupus and Turmeric

The spice that gives the most flavorful curry dishes their distinctive taste and color also contains healing properties that may help treat and manage lupus! Introduction to Lupus and Turmeric How might turmeric help with lupus? What are the risks? In Conclusion Introduction to Lupus and Turmeric Turmeric is an Indian culinary spice that comes…

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Lupus and In Vitro Fertilization

While many women with lupus successfully use in vitro fertilization to conceive, it can be risky for some. Read more about these risks and how to prepare for a safe pregnancy! Introduction to Lupus and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) In Vitro Fertilization Risks for Lupus Planning, Patience, and Perseverance In Conclusion Introduction to Lupus and…

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Lupus and Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is the newest frontier in the quest for better treatments (and possibly a cure) for lupus.  What can this therapy mean for you – now or in the future?  Read on to find out! Introduction What are stem cells? Stem Cell Therapy and Lupus In Conclusion . Introduction Stem cell therapy, as…

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Native Americans and Lupus

Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives) are 1.7 times more likely to have lupus than other ethnicities and have the worst outcomes and mortality rates.  Why?  The reasons are nuanced and incredibly important for all living with lupus. Introduction to Native Americans and Lupus Why is understanding how lupus affects the Native American population…

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The Role of the Pharmacist in Managing Lupus

Never underestimate the value of a good pharmacist!  They are the lupus medication experts that keep track of your treatments and have a unique perspective that can make a real difference in managing your lupus. Introduction to the Role of the Pharmacist in Managing Lupus How can a pharmacist help manage lupus? In Conclusion ….

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Lupus and Infertility

Both women and men with lupus dreaming of starting a family may struggle with infertility. However, with today’s medical technologies, infertility can be treatable and even preventable! Introduction to Lupus and Infertility Who is at greatest risk, and what are the risk factors for infertility in lupus? How can emotional health influence fertility? How is…

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Lupus and Self-care: A Day at the Spa

Prioritizing routine self-care is a must for both women and men living with lupus. Enjoying a day at the spa – or creating a spa-like experience at home – can feed the body and soul!   Introduction to Lupus and Self-care: A Day at the Spa Building the Perfect Spa Day In Conclusion Introduction to…

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Lupus and Chiropractic Care

In many parts of the world, chiropractic medicine is a popular complementary care option for those with autoimmune conditions like lupus.  It is especially helpful in the treatment of the muscle weakness and joint pain commonly associated with SLE, but that is only the beginning.  Read on to find out how a chiropractor can be…

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Lupus and Overheating

Has lupus taken away your ability to tolerate heat or caused hot flashes or excessive sweating?  Overheating is one of the most common symptoms that come with SLE.  Read on to find out how lupus can cause heat intolerance and what you can do to keep cool! Introduction to Lupus and Overheating What causes overheating…

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Lupus and Disorders of the Ear

There are estimates that up to 70% of those with SLE report problems with hearing and/or feeling dizzy. If that statistic perks up your ears, keep reading! Introduction to Lupus and Disorders of the Ear A Quick Anatomy of Hearing and Balance How can lupus cause ear and hearing disorders? How to Protect Hearing and…

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Lupus, Nicotine and Smoking

You probably know the statistics – that cigarettes and smoking are incredibly addictive and unhealthy, containing thousands of toxic chemicals, but did you know that it is even worst for those living with lupus? Read on to find out why! Introduction to Lupus, Nicotine, and Smoking How does quitting help? In Conclusion . Introduction to…

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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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