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Lupus: The great imitator
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Lupus: The great imitator
For many diseases, the diagnosis is pretty straight forward. An x-ray spots that broken bone. A cardiac catheterization finds the obstruction that portends a heart attack. Not so with systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly referred to as lupus. The disease has a wide variety of symptoms that can be signs of other medical conditions as well. That’s why it’s called the great imitator.
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Lupus and pregnancy
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Lupus and pregnancy
At one time, women with lupus were advised not to have children. The risk to their health and that of their fetus was too high. Fast forward a number of years and the story has changed.
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Lupus: Not women only
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Lupus: Not women only
At 24 Chris Burton had his whole life ahead of him. He was recently married, had a couple of degrees under his belt, and already determined that the ministry was his vocation. But his path took a sudden and unexpected turn.
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Lupus often undetected
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Lupus often undetected
Gail Granville now knows why as a kid she preferred the shaded ponds to the sunny beaches of Cape Cod. Granville, 68, had lupus, but she did not know it until she was 34 years of age. That’s not unusual. It takes several years to diagnose lupus, according to the National Lupus Foundation. The symptoms so closely mirror other diseases.
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Heart disease and lupus
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Heart disease and lupus
There’s a common misperception that the major cause of death in people with lupus is the disease itself. Not so. Actually, it’s coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease.
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Lupus and the heart
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Lupus and the heart
If you asked Megan Corbin to describe a typical heart attack victim, she undoubtedly would not include herself. Yet, at the age of 30, that’s exactly what happened to her.
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Lupus and nutrition
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Lupus and nutrition
There is actually no particular diet a person with lupus needs to follow. It’s wide open — you can pick and choose from a panoply of sorts. Just follow the oft-repeated regime. Eat fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthy fats. Limit consumption of processed foods, saturated fat and added sugars.
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Physical activity and lupus
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Physical activity and lupus
Regular physical activity might not be high on the to-do list of people with lupus. That’s understandable given the side effects of the disease. Muscle pain, muscle weakness and fatigue take a toll.
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Nutrition and sickle cell disease
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Nutrition and sickle cell disease
The link between nutrition and sickle cell disease (SCD) might not be readily apparent at first blush. It’s all about the red blood cells.
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Physical activity and sickle cell disease
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Physical activity and sickle cell disease
Billy Garrett, Jr. is just following in his grandfather’s footsteps. Bill Garrett was the first African American to play regularly on a Big Ten Conference varsity basketball team. Garrett, Jr., 26, shares his grandfather’s passion for basketball. He has played for the NBA G League as well as the New York Knicks. He’s now a shooting guard for the basketball league in Poland. Yet, Garrett has sickle cell disease.
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Bone marrow transplant
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Bone marrow transplant
Constance Benson, 34, insisted that she had control of her sickle cell disease. In an interview for Be the Match, a program that helps patients in their quest for bone marrow transplants, she stated “I have sickle cell, but sickle cell does not have me. I’ve got this.” But she didn’t.
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Sickle cell disease: A mother’s story
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Sickle cell disease: A mother’s story
When kids suffer the pains of a sickle cell disease crisis, they often don’t go through it alone. Their mothers are right there with them even feeling the same pain in their own way.
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