Lupus Research Update
Blood Test for Antibodies That Might be Associated with Risk for Lupus Brain Inflammation
A protein in the brain called NR2A is part of a system that is important for learning and memory. Lupus patients can make antibodies to NR2A and some, but not all, studies have suggested that there might be a relationship between these antibodies and lupus brain inflammation (also known as neuropsychiatric lupus or NPSLE). Read more >>
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Are MicroRNAs Novel Biomarkers for Lupus Nephritis?
Specific microRNAs have been identified in lupus patients and in some patients who have kidney involvement (lupus nephritis). In this study, the researchers hoped to learn whether people with lupus kidney involvement from different races shared the same set of microRNAs. Read more >>
New Blood Tests May Improve the Tracking of Lupus Kidney Disease in Children
Current treatments for lupus nephritis in children are toxic and sometimes ineffective. New tests for proteins that might be abnormal in lupus nephritis could help make the diagnosis earlier (when treatments have a better chance to work more quickly) and might also point to new ways of treating the disease (possibly with fewer side effects).
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