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  • Autoimmune Experiments Switch Immune Cells From Attacking The Body to Protecting It

    06/26/2020 6:09:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies ^ | 22 JUNE 2020 | PETER COCKERILL & DAVID C. WRAITH, THE CONVERSATION
    For most of us, the immune system works to protect us from bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens. But for people with autoimmune conditions, the body's white blood cells instead perceive other cells and tissues in the body to be a threat and attacks them. While some immune disorders, like allergies, can sometimes be treated, autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) remain incurable. Our research has shown that you can stop the immune system attacking the nerves – which is what happens in MS. We did this by giving the immune system ever-increasing doses of the same molecule that...
  • ‘How Can I Be Sick?’ Wisconsin Woman Who Took Hydroxychloroquine For 19 Years To Treat Lupus Still Got COVID-19

    05/20/2020 8:09:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 05/20/2020
    OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (CBS Local) — A Wisconsin woman who has taken hydroxychloroquine for 19 years to treat lupus says the anti-malarial drug will not protect someone from COVID-19. Kim, who doesn’t want to show her face or give her full name, says after the pandemic began, she only left her Oconomowoc home to go the grocery store. But by mid-April, she started feeling coronavirus symptoms. “Weak all over. Coughing, fever. The fever was very high,” she told WISN. “It just went downhill from there. I couldn’t breathe no more.” Kim said she tested positive for COVID-19. “When they gave the...
  • Coronavirus Unmasked: How It Works: In Italy, only 20 out of 65,000 chronic Lupus patients got COVID-19; A Reader for the Technically Inclined

    04/30/2020 6:33:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    The Internet Protocol ^ | 04/30/2020 | By Ivan Tkachenko
    In Italy, only 20 out of 65,000 chronic Lupus patients got COVID-19. In an article published in Il Tempo, one of Italy’s leading independent newspapers (, Annalisa Chiusolo, a prominent pharmacology researcher, described the mechanism of action of SARS-CoV-2. By understanding this mechanism, it is possible to target and select the most effective drugs against COVID-19 with accuracy and precision. The coronavirus affects the ability of the hemoglobin to transport oxygen, creating the preconditions for lung complications, known to be associated with COVID-19: breathlessness, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and death.Discovering the theory of viral replication is the first step of...
  • The Nine Lives of Hydroxychloroquine

    04/23/2020 5:22:06 PM PDT · by Norski · 36 replies
    RheumNow ^ | 11 May 2015 | Martin J. Bergman, MD
    Hydroxychloroquine is one of many medications frequently used in rheumatology practice. Its remarkable versatility is attested by its routine use in lupus, in patients with an autoimmune coagulopathy, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as those with a low-level inflammatory arthropathy. It’s an amazing medication, with a novel history and wide array of indication and multiple actions that we now better understand. . . . . .The HCQ story begins in 1638 when the wife of the Viceroy of Peru, Countess Cinchona, acquired malaria while living in the New World. Rather than getting the “approved” therapy, blood-letting, she was...
  • Some Patients Really Need the Drug That Trump Keeps Pushing; When he touts Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 shortages endanger those of us who need it.

    04/12/2020 5:25:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/12/2020 | Maya L. Harris
    One morning during my last semester in college, I woke up with a strange rash on my face. When it didn’t go away after exhausting a tube of over-the-counter cortisone, my mother persuaded me to see a doctor. The diagnosis was lupus: a life-changing autoimmune disease in which the body literally attacks itself. The physical effects of the disease are cruel, including excruciating joint pain, organ damage, dramatic hair loss, and debilitating fatigue—most of which I have experienced again and again, often for long stretches, throughout my life. And while lupus can be managed, it has no cure. For three...
  • Vital drug for people with lupus running out after unproven Covid-19 link: Italy and France now prescribing hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus

    03/28/2020 8:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 151 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/28/2020 | Sarah Boseley
    A stampede for an unproven “cure” for Covid-19 is clearing the pharmacy shelves of a medicine that is vital for up to 5 million people around the world suffering from lupus, as countries bow to populist pressure and abandon the trials that would show whether hydroxychloroquine works against coronavirus infection. Both Italy and France have said doctors can now prescribe hydroxychloroquine – a less toxic version of the malaria drug chloroquine – even though there is no robust evidence to prove that it is effective against Covid-19. Popular pressure for access to the drug has been ramped up by pronouncements...
  • Hydroxychloroquine : Doctors are prescribing drug that may help treat coronavirus for family and friends: "Unethical and selfish"

    03/26/2020 7:56:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/26/2020
    Some doctors are writing prescriptions for a drug that may help treat coronavirus for their family and friends, one pharmacist said, calling their actions "unethical and selfish." Hydroxychloroquine has not been clinically proven to be safe or successful in treating coronavirus, and yet the increased demand for it is making it harder for people who need it to control their chronic diseases to get it. Hydroxychloroquine is a less toxic derivative of chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug. It often treats autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and is sold under the brand name, Plaquenil. Recent data show chloroquine orders...
  • Doctors hoarding untested ‘anti-coronavirus’ drugs for themselves: report

    03/24/2020 11:13:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 98 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 24, 2020 | Kate Sheehy
    US doctors are hoarding two rumored “anti-coronavirus” drugs for themselves and their families, helping to drive a nationwide shortage, a report said Tuesday. The doctors are prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for themselves and their loved ones even though there is no scientific proof that the pharmaceuticals combat the contagion — and as lupus and arthritis sufferers who use the medicine go without, according to pharmacists and state regulators who talked to ProPublica. “It’s disgraceful, is what it is,” said Garth Reynolds, head of the Illinois Pharmacists Association, which was alerted to the situation through calls and emails from concerned members.
  • Lupus Friends and Family

    07/14/2015 9:02:02 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 14, 2015 | Gerard Perry
    One of the unfortunate realities of clinical research is that much of it doesn’t bear fruit in the way its intended beneficiaries would like it to, i.e. resulting in cures for the diseases from which they suffer. It often leads researchers into blind alleys and cul-de-sacs rather than transformative medical breakthroughs. Even so, this experimentation is necessary, if only to learn from their past failures and mistaken assumptions-a process illuminated brilliantly in The Emperor of All Maladies, the first comprehensive biography of cancer-and ultimately discover successful treatments and therapies. But this presupposes a consistent stream of funding to enable research...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- SN 1006 Supernova Remnant

    07/12/2014 4:20:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | July 12, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A new star, likely the brightest supernova in recorded human history, lit up planet Earth's sky in the year 1006 AD. The expanding debris cloud from the stellar explosion, found in the southerly constellation of Lupus, still puts on a cosmic light show across the electromagnetic spectrum. In fact, this composite view includes X-ray data in blue from the Chandra Observatory, optical data in yellowish hues, and radio image data in red. Now known as the SN 1006 supernova remnant, the debris cloud appears to be about 60 light-years across and is understood to represent the remains of a...
  • Death Of A 6 Year Old Sparks FDA Investigation On A Doctor For Selling False Hopes To Cure Cancer

    6 year old boy Josia Cotto’s mom and dad had no choice than to let him rest peacefully as their child was fighting a brain tumor that was inoperable for a period of 10 months. His mother said that they knew that they could do nothing about their son as they say he was unresponsive and did not open his eyes. They covered him in a soft blanket in white and blue and held on to the tiny hand one last time before the ambulance took him to a local hospital. She said that they told Josia that he had...
  • Expert Warns of Health Risks Associated With New Light Bulbs

    03/11/2011 8:42:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies ^ | March 11, 2011 | Dan Joseph
    A lighting expert who has overseen lighting projects including the Statue of Liberty and the Petronas Towers expressed concerns on Capitol Hill Thursday about the safety of certain types of new light bulbs. Appearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Howard M. Brandston spoke in favor of the "Better Use of Light Bulbs Act" – a measure which would overturn elements of a 2007 law mandating that traditional incandescent light bulbs be phased out over the next few years. In his testimony, Brandston claimed that parts of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act serve as a “de-facto...
  • FDA approves Benlysta to treat lupus

    03/09/2011 5:31:37 PM PST · by kevkrom · 7 replies
    FDA ^ | 2011-03-09 | FDA News Release
    FDA NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: March 9, 2011 Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988,; Morgan Liscinsky, 301-796-0397, Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA FDA approves Benlysta to treat lupus First new lupus drug approved in 56 years The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Benlysta (belimumab) to treat patients with active, autoantibody-positive lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) who are receiving standard therapy, including corticosteroids, antimalarials, immunosuppressives, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Benlysta is delivered directly into a vein (intravenous infusion) and is the first inhibitor designed to target B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS) protein, which may reduce the number of abnormal B cells thought...
  • Help Us “Find The Cure” For Lupus

    01/28/2011 5:13:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | January 27, 2011 | Jim Vicevich
    Starting at 10AM we will present a special edition of the Jim Vicevich Show. Sandra Raymond, from the Lupus Foundation of America will be joining us, as well as Lisa Sartorius, the President of the Connecticut Lupus Foundation, as we take some time to raise money for Lupus research. Click here to contribute. Look for the “DONATE NOW” on the left hand side of the donate page. Read more about Lupus below the fold. As many of you may know I have Lupus. Lupus (SLE, CLE, SCLE) is a debilitating autoimmune disease, and while it’s affects on each individual can...
  • Arizona sheriff Arpaio forms armed 'immigration posse' with Hollywood actors

    11/17/2010 1:11:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2010 | Jerry Seper
    Facing a federal lawsuit accusing "America's toughest sheriff" of failing to cooperate in a Justice Department investigation into allegations of discrimination in his arrest of illegal immigrants, Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday unveiled a new armed "Immigration Posse" to combat illegal immigration in Arizona.   Sheriff Arpaio, who heads the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix, said the new armed posse --- which includes Hollywood actors Steven Seagal, Lou Ferrigno and Peter Lupus --- could help his deputies enforce immigration laws in the state. But, more importantly, he said the new posse "would provide a means by which citizens could...
  • Human Genome Sciences FDA Panel Live Blog (Lupus drug)

    11/16/2010 6:14:56 AM PST · by kevkrom · 8 replies
    The Street ^ | 2010-11-16 | Adam Feuerstein
    Go to to view the live blog of the event.
  • Lady Gaga's 'borderline positive' comment sheds light on lupus

    06/03/2010 9:19:44 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies · 1,130+ views
    CNN ^ | 06.03.10
    Addressing rumors that have circulated about her health, Lady Gaga told CNN's Larry King this week that she doesn't have lupus, but has tested "borderline positive" for the condition. It may sound contradictory, but doctors say this can occur with lupus. Like many autoimmune diseases, lupus is a mystifying condition. It's often hard to diagnose because of its vague and varying symptoms. No two cases are alike, according to medical experts. The disease can come and go without explanation, and its severity varies from mild discomfort to death.
  • Human Genome Sciences create new drug to treat lupus ( stock price soars 277%)

    07/21/2009 9:34:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 851+ views
    eFitness Now ^ | 7/21/2009
    Researchers from Human Genome Sciences have announced positive test results on their drug Benlysta to treat the debilitating and often deadly disease lupus. Lupus is a complicated spectrum of autoimmune diseases that afflicts an approximated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people globally, the large majority of them women between age 15 and 45. It gets its name from the Latin word for wolf because, in 1851, a doctor saw a patient with red marks on her face that looked like wolf bites. Lupus has not had a new drug approved to treat it in more than 20 years. Researchers...

    06/07/2009 8:49:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 60 replies · 2,745+ views
    nypost ^ | June 7, 2009 | CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    The young British schoolgirl who was the inspiration for John Lennon's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is facing a stormy future as she battles an incurable disease. Now the slain Beatle's oldest son, Julian Lennon, has come to the aid of Lucy O'Donnell Vodden, a girl he had played with at nursery school and whom he had drawn a picture with stars around her head. Julian showed the picture to his dad, saying, "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds." It prompted Lennon to pen the hit song. O'Donnell, 46, is suffering from lupus, a painful autoimmune disease. When...
  • DOCTOR: Energy saving bulbs impacting Lupus patient

    01/14/2009 4:58:49 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 62 replies · 1,983+ views ^ | 1/13/09 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    They can help save money and the environment, but some say energy saving light bulbs are making them sick. The new compact fluorescent bulbs have become exceedingly more popular over the past few years—they use less energy and last up to 10 times longer. So Connie Hall, of Stacy, also decided to invest in them, too. But a week later, Hall developed a severe rash on her arm and neck. "I was kind of horrified really," she said. Already super sensitive to light, a symptom of her Lupus, Hall also became weak, tired and her blood pressure was high. But...