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Imagine having an illness that makes your face erupt in a rash, your hair fall out and your joints so sore you cannot hold a mug of tea. While the drugs prescribed to treat it might ease the symptoms, the relief is temporary and short-lived.
One of the main treatments – oral steroids – will eventually make things worse, causing significant weight gain and raising your risk of broken bones, heart disease and strokes.
People - UK - Living - Condition - Lupus
For an estimated 15,000 people in the UK living with a condition called lupus, this is an everyday reality. As if the illness itself was not bad enough, the remedy of high doses of oral steroids is just as unappealing.
For decades, these drugs, and their considerable side effects, were the only significant weapon doctors had to combat this crippling and incurable condition. There are newer drugs that do help, but often are of limited benefit.
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But late last year, researchers discovered what they believe to be the biggest breakthrough in lupus treatment in decades.
Remarkably, the drug, called anifrolumab, appears able to completely banish symptoms, such as the severe rash on the face and painful, swollen joints, and means patients can slash their use of dreaded steroids, or even come off them altogether.
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Instead, they need only attend hospital once a month for a 30-minute injection of the liquid drug into a vein in the arm.
Scientists are even reported to be working on a DIY injection kit that would allow patients to treat themselves at home.
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British doctors trialling the ground-breaking new drug say it could revolutionise treatment of the most severe form of the disease - systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE.
Lupus develops when the body’s immune system goes haywire and attacks healthy cells and tissue. Often, this is as a result of something fairly innocuous, like a mild viral infection that...
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