Lupus

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Twenty-First Century Books, May 1, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
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Between one and two million people in the United States are known to have lupus. But many more people may have it and not know it. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease, which means the body's immune system cannot tell the difference between healthy cells and invaders like viruses and bacteria. In lupus, the immune system attacks tissues throughout the body. In mild cases symptoms include joint pain and fatigue. The worst cases can end in kidney disease and even death.

Lupus is difficult to diagnose and treatment is complicated. Medications can treat symptoms, but there is no cure. People who suffer from this disease need to rely on their families and friends to help them out when symptoms flare up. In 2011, USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, reported that for the first time in fifty-six years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat lupus.

In this book you will follow the stories of people living with lupus and learn about causes and symptoms of this debilitating disease. You'll find out about available treatments and ongoing research into new medications and therapies. You'll also receive guidance on how to cope with lupus or help a loved one manage symptoms and find help.
 

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Contents

Lupus The Great Imitator
4
The Immune System
14
Diagnosing Lupus
22
Types Of Lupus
30
Lupus Unfolds
36
Treatment
50
Children And Adolescents With Lupus
68
Living With Lupus
74
What Does The Future Hold?
90
Glossary
102
Resources
106
Selected BibliographyFurther Reading And Websites
108
Index
110
About The AuthorPhoto Acknowledgments
112
Back Cover
114
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