Systemic Lupus Research Papers

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Lupus Essay-Human Anatomy

Linh Le
Professor D. Henry
Human Anatomy
November 16, 2015
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, better known as “Lupus,” is a chronic autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system becomes uncontrollable. Patients with Lupus would have their immune system attack their healthy tissues instead of attacking bacteria and viruses like it would in a healthy functioning body. This can cause damages to various parts of the body such as the skin, kidneys, joints, blood, and brain. Lupus is one of the most complicated autoimmune diseases; therefore, making it difficult to diagnose, arduous for anyone who has to live with it, and since it’s incurable, it is also …show more content…

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, it affects 1.5 million Americans both men and women, but most commonly begins from ages 20 to 45 years. 90% of the patients are women, branding it as the “woman’s disease.” Scientists has been unsuccessful in linking the disease to a specific gene. The only common thread that they were able to piece together were the fact that the disease is seen in most of the ethnic patients of African-Americans and Asians descendants. Scientists are still figuring out how Lupus is contracted. Once the disease is understood on how it is contracted then scientist could begin to develop preventative measures, but as of right now they know that Lupus is not contagious even through sexual contact. Lupus is commonly mistaken for having the same characteristics as Cancer, HIV, and AIDs, but Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and HIV/AIDs is a virus. Both are not autoimmune diseases with symptoms described …show more content…

Lupus is the fourth leading cause in disability for women. 38% of Lupus patient has been forced to stop working due to health complications from this disease. Patients spend roughly about $6,000 in treatments alone. It is unfortunate that this disease has taken a backseat when it comes to research priorities. Hopefully as time goes by, the attention towards gaining investment will increase before more of the population has to go through this disease that makes it unbearable for an individual to live their

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