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Lupus Clinical Trial

This study is testing a ‘monoclonal antibody’ that may help to control the symptoms of SLE including the skin manifestations of lupus. A what? A monoclonal antibody! What’s that?

Monoclonal Antibodies (mAb) are heard of more often and have more uses, these days. But what are they? Remember, that antibodies are cells in the immune system which fight off invading organisms. Monoclonal antibodies are antibodies made by combining B lymphocytes with cancer-causing cells to the same end: to fight off invadng organisms. These cells are usually used to produce antibodies against the cancerous cells. Monoclonal antibodies are used instead of chemotherapy in patients with a form of bone cancer.

It was discovered that mAbs had uses in autoimmune diseases, like lupus, plaque psoriasis, rheumtoid arthritis to name a few. These are a few of the more common mAbs: Humira™, is a mAb, used for plaque psoriasis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rituxan™ is an mAb often used for lupus. Benlysta™ is an mAb often used for the treatment of SLE also. In fact, Benlysta™ was the first medication approved by the FDA for lupus treatment.

Unlike chemotherapy, which targets-well everthing, mAb’s targets specific structures (bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, etc-therefore there are fewer side effects to therapy with mAbs. Fewer side effects, more targeted medication, FDA-approved; what’s not to like?

Click here to be directed to the questionairre to see if you qualify for the clinical trial!

 

 

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Join me in a lupus clinical trial

There is a lupus clinical trial that is recruiting applicants now. We all know that lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Many people think of the inconvenient and bothersome side effects of lupus. Like sore joints and dry mouth. No, lupus affects the skin in many ways, too (makes it tighten and sometimes causes the formation of painful sores). Internally, it can wreak havoc on the heart, lungs as said before, causing inflammation; yes, lupus can and does KILL.

Approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will observe some type of effect on their skin. In fact, 40-70 percent of people with lupus will find that their disease is made worse by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight or artificial light. This study will take place in 30 areas of the US and will involve the use of  monoclonal  antibody to treat lupus.

As always, information here is not intended to take the place of the materials given to you by the clinical trial, but I know of the safety and efficacy of these trials.

 

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Recruitment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Study

Rheumatoid arthritis is an uncommon form of arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system attacks the lining of your joints. This causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness that can move to any joint, at any time. You may also have other symptoms like feeling tired or having a fever. Better treatment options are needed for PEOPLE WHO SUFFER WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. Right now, local doctors are looking for people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis to participate in local research studies.

To find out more about this study, visit http://curec.lk/2mYV5A5

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INSOMNIA

We’ve recently had several posts  about the effects of sleeplessness on the immune system and lupus. Now. we have a clinical trial for insomnia.

Insomnia

As many as 30 million people in the US are affected by some form of insomnia, making it the most common sleep disorder in the country. As people age, they experience changes in sleep patterns, which may increase their risk of insomnia. People with insomnia often experience daytime sleepiness or tiredness, fatigue, irritability, depression, anxiety, and more. This study for insomnia in elderly patients aims to help reduce insomnia symptoms.

Interested in participating in this trial? Click here

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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS clinical trial

“Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints. In severe cases, it attacks internal organs. This study will test the effectiveness of an investigational drug which may help to reduce inflammation and damage to the joints caused by RA.”

For more information on this trial, follow this link or click here

http://curec.lk/2mygBye

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LUPUS, in a nutshell

Every disease, everything that ails us, usually has a descriptor, a very easy way of describing it. and here is a lupus descriptor that is a very basic. Future articles will expound on this video:

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Why They Chose To Be Research Volunteers

Sometimes you need to get out of ‘yourself.’ Sometimes, you just want to see what you can do to help someone else. Sometimes a friend or family member is stricken and you feel powerless to do anything to help. For whatever reason, you have volunteered and are part of a clinical trial which studies an orphan disease. Congratulations!

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