MedPage Today writer Nancy Walsh reports on a U.K. study showing that patients with lupus and other autoimmune diseases as well as certain other chronic conditions are at increased risk for shingles. While higher among older patients, the risk for shingles is still higher among younger people with lupus.
Rheumatology Network reports: An international task force of multi-speciality experts says the "treat-to-target" approach can be applied just as effectively in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) as it has proven in rheumatoid arthritis.
A new study at Ohio State University of men and women with and without lupus strengthens the theory that estrogen may trigger the release of proteins called toll-like receptors that are involved in the autoimmune response.
Vaccination against shingles may be safe for patients with mild, stable systemic lupus erythematosus, according to a small pilot study conducted at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City