Many autoimmune diseases have a female predominance. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are no exception. Both of these diseases can affect young women in their reproductive years, but little is known about the impact of RA and SLE on a woman’s opinion regarding pregnancy or, further, how this translates into family planning.
Kidney involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus) is an important predictor of and contributor to morbidity and mortality from lupus. The approach to treatment for lupus nephritis is that of an induction phase of therapy (with cyclophosphamide vs mycophenolate mofetil) followed by long-term maintenance therapy. However, the optimal agent for chronic immunosuppression to prevent relapse or worsening of renal SLE is unknown.
Belimumab is a fully human IgG1λ antibody. It binds to the soluble cytokine, B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS) inhibiting its action. BLyS is important for the survival of B lymphocytes, but in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) it is overexpressed.
Antioxidants may protect tissues against damage, reduce systemic inflammation, and modulate antigen presentation by inflammatory cells. However, no large-scale investigation on whether dietary and/or supplement intake of antioxidants is protective against the development of autoimmune rheumatic disease. Here, Costenbader et al (American Journal of Epidemiology 2010; 172(2): 205) explore antioxidant intake and the risk of […]
Changes in disease activity during pregnancy and the peri-partum period have long been recognized features of systemic autoimmune disease. Moreover, as certain autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), frequently affect women of childbearing age, there is the potential for the disease to affect pregnancy outcomes. However, despite the frequency […]