Ten big drug companies have joined together with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate the discovery of new medicines for diseases like alzheimers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The project is called the Accelerating Medicines Partnership. Under the five-year agreement, the companies will be sharing scientists, tissue and blood samples, and data. The underlying goal is to help identify targets for new drugs. Continue reading
Every year, lupus experts and specialists volunteer their time and knowledge to help lupus patients at the Lupus Symposium. The symposium is presented by The BC Lupus Society.
The Lupus Symposium will be happening tomorrow, October 19, at St. Paul’s Hospital Lecture Theatre. Live video conferencing is available to people living in Abbotsford, Campbell River, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Terrace, Trail, Vernon and Victoria.
Below is the Speaker Program for the event: Continue reading
Read more: Piriya Mahendra, medwireNews, December 2012
Singer-songwriter, Toni Braxton was recently hospitalized with health problems, including blood clots, related to lupus. She was diagnosed at the age of 15 with the autoimmune disease. Her lupus has affected her career, causing her to have to declare bankruptcy twice.
Lupus affects about 15,000 Canadians or about 1 in 200. It is known to run in families. Recent studies show that the brother or sister of a person with lupus is 25 times more likely to develop the disease than someone in the general population. Toni Braxton’s uncle had lupus. He passed away from complications of the disease. Braxton’s brother also lives with the illness. However, having a genetic predisposition for the disease, fortunately, doesn’t guarantee you’ll develop it.
Read more: Examiner, Samantha Chang, December 2012
Also in this article: Lady Gaga, another celebrity singer, announced two years ago that she has family members with lupus, and said that test results indicated she was “borderline positive” for the disease.
The daughter of Houston Rockets coach, Keven McHale, died last month from complications of lupus. Alexandra “Sasha” McHale was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease last year. She was recently hospitalized, but her health continued to decline for two weeks until her death.
She was only 23 years old.
Video: Sasha McHale Essay, NBA.com
The rarest diseases can be the costliest to individuals, society and to the economy. Dr. Antonia Aviña-Zubieta, a rheumatologist with the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), discusses the costs of the rarer forms of autoimmune arthritis, including lupus.