The Lupus Drug Gold Mine
After decades of dead ends scientists find new treatments
Friday, January 22, 2010
Lupus has puzzled doctors since it was identified in the 1800s. For unknown reasons, the body makes antibodies against itself. Symptoms--ranging from fever to rashes to joint pain to kidney damage--come and go unpredictably. The average lupus patient waits four years and sees three doctors before getting an accurate diagnosis. There have been no new drugs in 50 years.
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