Progress in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Research

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Nova Publishers, 2007 - Systemic lupus erythematosus - 264 pages
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This new book is devoted to leading-edge research developments in lupus which is a condition of chronic inflammation caused by an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body's tissues are attacked by its own immune system. The immune system is a complex system within the body that is designed to fight infectious agents, for example, bacteria, and other foreign invaders. One of the mechanisms that the immune system uses to fight infections is the production of antibodies. Patients with lupus produce abnormal antibodies in their blood that target tissues within their own body rather than foreign infectious agents. Because the antibodies and accompanying cells of inflammation can involve tissues anywhere in the body, lupus has the potential to affect a variety of areas of the body. Sometimes lupus can cause disease of the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and/or nervous system. When only the skin is involved, the condition is called discoid lupus. When internal organs are involved, the condition is called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
 

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Contents

NEW FRONTIERS IN THE RESEARCH OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE ASSOCIATED WITH SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS
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COMORBIDITY IN SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS ASPECTS OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE OSTEOPOROSIS AND INFECTIONS
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SEVERE TISSUE TRAUMA TRIGGERS LUPUS AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
105
IMMUNOTHERAPY WITH IGDERIVED PEPTIDES IN SLE CURRENT STATUS AND DIRECTIONS
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AUTOANTIBODIES AS PROGNOSTIC OR DIAGNOSTIC MARKERS OF PSYCHIATRIC MANIFESTATIONS IN SLE
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HIGHDOSE IMMUNOSUPPRESSION WITH AUTOLOGOUS STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION IN SEVERE REFRACTORY SYSTEMIC LUPU...
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MR SPECTROSCOPY DIFFUSION AND DIFFUSION TENSOR IMAGING IN SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS
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PERSONALIZED MEDICINE FOR SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS A NEW CHALLENGE FOR THE NEAR FUTURE
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THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF HMGCoA REDUCTASE INHIBITORS STATINS IN SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS
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INDEX
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