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What Is Lupus? Defining an Immune System Disorder

What Is Lupus? Defining an Immune System Disorder

You’ve likely heard of the condition, but what is lupus? Simply put, it’s a group of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. In the United States, lupus affects one in 2,000 people.

Lupus can affect multiple systems of the body, including the joints, kidneys,

MGH Study Discovers Brain Inflammation-Fibromyalgia Connection

Fibromyalgia is a perplexing condition. It causes severe aches and pains, and can affect sleep, mood and memory. There is no simple diagnostic test and no cure. And treatments that help control symptoms in one person may not work for another with the same condition.

But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital

Controlling Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term that encompasses ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. These two conditions can significantly disrupt your daily life with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, and fatigue. Fortunately, doctors now have a much better understanding of these diseases, and many treatment

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Once you’ve received the sobering news that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the next step is to discuss a personalized breast cancer treatment plan with your medical team. Your doctor’s recommendations will involve many factors, including your age, medical history, the type, location, and size of the cancer, and

5. Other Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis

2. Diagnosing Joint Pain

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of

From The Author

Dear Reader,
If you suffer from arthritis (a group of diseases characterized by inflammation of a joint or joints) you are in good company—over 54 million Americans have arthritis. You may be reading this report because you want to learn more about your condition and how best to manage it, or

1. The Basics of Cholesterol

Chances are, when you hear the word “cholesterol,” you certainly don’t think of it as a hero of heart health. Rather, it’s taken on a villainous role in the cardiovascular health story.
But just as every good tale needs a villain, and just as most memorable villains have both good and

2. Multiple Forms of Hypertension

The burden of high blood pressure in the United States is striking. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 78,862 deaths in the United States in 2015 were due primarily to high blood pressure, and the number of deaths attributable to hypertension rose 37.5 percent from 2005 to 2015. Furthermore,

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