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Exercising Daily and Managing Stress Benefits Lupus Patients, Mouse Study Suggests

Daily moderate exercise suppresses lupus-associated kidney inflammation while social stress worsens it, researchers at Ohio State University have found. Their study, “Daily Moderate Exercise Is Beneficial and Social Stress Is Detrimental to Disease Pathology in Murine Lupus Nephritis,” appeared in the journal Frontiers in Physiology.

Selena Gomez’s Best Friend Gave Her a Kidney

In one of her most revealing social media posts ever, superstar Selena Gomez told her 126 million Instagram followers (and the world) that she had a kidney transplant over the summer. Posting a lengthy caption alongside several photos, Gomez wrote, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying…

SLE Self-Reactive Antibodies May Neutralize HIV Virus, Study Suggests

Some of the self-reactive antibodies produced in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) were found to neutralize HIV, the virus responsible for causing AIDS, thus protecting patients from the disease. The findings help explain why SLE patients show lower levels of HIV-1 infection and shed light on ways to promote the production…

FDA Approves Self-Injectable Formulation of Benlysta for SLE Patients

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved GSK’s new Benlysta subcutaneous formulation. With the approval, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients will now be able self-inject Benlysta once weekly. In 2011, the FDA approved a formulation of Benlysta that was injectable by healthcare professionals to patients as a weight-based dose…

4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Service Dog

Having a service dog can greatly enhance the life of someone living with a chronic disease. They allow patients to regain some of their independence by helping with small everyday tasks like opening and closing doors, fetching meds, acting as a prop or support as their owner stands, switching on lights and attracting attention…

9 Ways to Manage Brain Fog

One of the most frustrating symptoms of living with a chronic illness is brain fog. There are medications to treat many symptoms of chronic diseases, but sadly there isn’t yet a pill that takes away brain fog. However, there are ways to deal with it so patients can minimize its effects and…

Vitamin D Levels Low in People with Severe Lupus, Study Shows

Those with severe cases of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have low levels of vitamin D, according to new research. The study, “25-Hydroxivitamin D Serum Concentration, Not Free and Bioavailable Vitamin D, Is Associated with Disease Activity in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients,” was published in the journal PLoS One. Vitamin D deficiency is common in SLE patients. Because…

Nutritious Sweet Potatoes for Lupus

Sweet Potato Nutrition Do you enjoy sweet potatoes? Did you know they’re a super food that contain many nutritional benefits? The World’s Healthiest Foods, list numerous benefits of incorporating sweet potatoes into your diet. Some of these health benefits include increasing your antioxidant intake, consuming more anti-inflammatory…

Broken Quote for Lupus

Lupus Quote: Broken It’s a day-to-day struggle. With lupus, you never know what a new day will bring. People can’t see your illness, so sometimes they just don’t get it. This quote says what you won’t: “I’m more broken than you think.” Share this…