References of Lupus

2. The New York Times Health Guide: In-depth Report, 2012, Aug.7

3.  LJ Jara, G Medina E Gómez-Bañuelos MA Saavedra and O Vera-Lastra, Still’s disease,

Lupus-like syndrome, and silicone breast implants. A case of ‘ASIA’ (Shoenfeld’s syndrome)    

     Lupus, An International Journal, February 2012, 21: 128-135, doi:10.1177/0961203311429317

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Resources/Further Reading

1.  The Immune System: Our bodies have an immune system, which is a complex network of special cells and organs that defends the body from germs and other foreign invaders. The basis of the immune system is the body’s ability to tell the difference between the body its self and what is not the body. In other words: what’s your body and what’s foreign in your body. A flaw in the immune system can make the body unable to tell the difference between itself and what is not part of the body and does not belong. When this happens, the body makes autoantibodies (AW-toe-AN-tea-bah-deez) that attack normal cells by mistake. Cells in our body called regulatory T cells fail to do their job of keeping the immune system in line. The result is a mistaken attack on your own body. This causes the damage we know as autoimmune disease. The body parts that are affected depend on the type of autoimmune disease. There are more than 80 known types, of which Lupus is only one such disease.

Other Resources or Lupus Information

  • offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions;
  • NIHRePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a bank of both intramural and extramural NIH-funded research projects from the past 25 years and access publications (since 1985) and patents resulting from NIH funding;
  • PubMed is a free service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that lets you search millions of journal citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.

Lupus related Web Sites:

5.    Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) Website:

6.  The Center for Clinical Trials Education (CCTE) The Lupus Foundation of America’s Center for Clinical Trials Education is a resource for people with Lupus and their families who want to learn about clinical trials. Website: