LFA, Heartland Joins the Bloggosphere

5 Oct

Hey everyone, and welcome to the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter’s (LFA, Heartland) blog! We are very excited to dip our toes into the social networking pool, by finding new ways to engage people who have an interest in the LFA. At the same time, we can introduce new people to us. We will use this tool to talk about issues that have a direct impact on those of us affected by lupus and to share our lupus stories.

One great – not to mention important – moment has happened this week when Bruce A. Beutle, Jules A. Hoffmann, and Ralph M. Steinman received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their revolutionary discoveries of the immune system that have contributed to key advances in the understanding of and treatments for autoimmune diseases, such as lupus.

As most of you reading this either have lupus, or know someone who has lupus, you know that lupus is a widespread, chronic, and life-threatening autoimmune disease that can damage virtually any organ system in the body. Approximately 1.5 to 2 million Americans have lupus. Of particular concern is the unexplained prevalence of lupus among women and minority populations — the disease affects nine times more women than men, and it is two to three times more common among African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans. Unbelievably, only one new drug has been approved by the FDA to treat lupus in more than 50 years!

Click here to learn more about 2011 Nobel Prize winners and the LFA’s research initiative, Bringing Down the Barriers.

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