S.L.E. Lupus Foundation - Leading the Fight Against Lupus

October 2007

October is Lupus Awareness Month
Learn About Lupus, Get into the Loop!
For more than 35 years, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has been providing help for people with lupus and their families, funding lupus research and fostering public awareness of this chronic illness.

What You Should Know About Lupus
Get into the Loop!

This Lupus Awareness Month, we encourage you to team up with the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and Lupus LA to spread public awareness of this often misdiagnosed and misunderstood disease.

Each Monday in October, we will send you an email featuring important information about lupus, focusing on a different topic each week.

Please forward these emails to your friends and family members to help them learn more about lupus.


What causes lupus? Researchers are hunting for clues to this mystery. Most likely, lupus develops when a person inherits certain genes from their parents, and then factors in the environment or hormone surges trigger the disease. More »

Who gets lupus? While lupus can develop in men or women, it is much more common in women. Most get the disease during their childbearing years. More »

How is lupus diagnosed? Many people suffer from lupus for months or years without a diagnosis. Not only do the symptoms of lupus come and go and often look like those of other illnesses, but at this point, no single test can prove that a person has lupus. More »

What can be done to treat lupus? There is no cure for lupus, and everyone has a different experience with it. But an early diagnosis and the right treatment can help to lessen pain and other symptoms, and lower the risk that organs or tissues will get damaged. More »

What medicines are used to treat lupus? Many people with lupus at some point take prescription corticosteroids, anti-malaria drugs, or other medicines that lessen the immune system's attack on itself. These powerful drugs can really improve lupus and even protect organs during a flare, but some also have unpleasant side effects. More »

What is the outlook for people with lupus? There isn't a cure yet, but every year researchers get better insights into lupus and come closer to uncovering less toxic and more specific treatments. More »

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In New York and Los Angeles - Join Us!

Wednesday, October 3rd - 6 PM to 8 PM
Manhattan: Bellevue Hospital Center

Main Floor, Saul Farber Auditorium
462 First Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY

Join leading lupus expert Michael Belmont, MD to discuss "Common Complications: When Lupus Affects the Brain, the Kidneys, and Pregnancy." The free program also offers information on advances in research, new treatments, and services available for people with lupus and their families in New York City. Dinner will be provided.

To register, call 212-685-4118 or email sresto@lupusny.org
Give name, address, phone and number attending.

Lupus LA and the Center for Lupus Care Present:
Lupus Together for Clinical Trials Today
A Free Clinical Trials Patient Education Program
Thursday, October 4th, 2007 - 5:30PM to 8PM
Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA

Rheumatologist Daniel J. Wallace, MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA Medical Center) and Jennifer Grossman, MD (UCLA Medical Center) will present on clinical trials for lupus and how you can get involved. Speak with people who have participated in a clinical trial and learn how these trials are helping to find new treatments for lupus for the first time in nearly 50 years. Dinner will be provided.

Pre-registration required. Call Lupus LA at 310-652-7770.
Give name, address, phone and number attending.


Click here for the complete list of Lupus Awareness Month activities »

Join Us in the Fight Against Lupus!
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Take the opportunity this lupus awareness month to become a member of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and help to increase public awareness, provide education, and fund research leading to new treatments and a cure for lupus.

If you live in Southern California and would like to become a member of Lupus LA, email info@lupusla.org to receive a membership form by mail.


Contact Information

phone: 212.685.4118

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