Sorry I Took So Long To Answer
here are some of the most recent research findings that I've learned about:
1. the FDA cleared a new screening test for LUPUS - the 1st diagnostic breakthrough in more than 40 yrs. It is hoped that it will increase early diagnosis by 20%
2. LJP 395, a B lymphocyte immunomodulator for the treatment of renal disease in LUPUS is now in phase III trials.
3. Pharmecutical preparations of the Hormone DHEA were placed on hold, but the FDA approved a new drug (Prestara) for bone mineral density (only for mild to moderate LUPUS)
4. The first stem-cell transplant to treat LUPUS was performed over 5 yrs ago. Now, this treatment is being tried in several different centers and is in phase III. Early findings show promise as some patients have achieved total remission.
6. The drug for LUPUS NEPHRITIS (Eculizumab) is in phase II trials.
7. Studies show that the B Lymphocyte Stimulator may be a sensitive marker for LUPUS activity - phase I clinical trial is being initiated (this drug inhibits the stimulation of B cell development)
8. Scientists have identified new information about the B cell activating factor (what it is, I am not sure)
9. Research continues on the role of bacteria and viruses in LUPUS.
Here are some web sites for further research and studies of our disease:
www.niams.nih.gov - research into genetic risk factors for lupus in African American women
www.nih.gov - Study of neuropsychiatric factors in LUPUS
www.muhealth.org - they are conducting the studies with mice which have had promising answers into LUPUS!
I will keep researching and providing you with sites and/or information!
Peace and Blessings