Lupus

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Lupus

By Karin Rhines

$34.60. 112 pp. Lerner Publications, Minneapolis. 2012. ISBN: 9780822585824.

From the pages of USA Today, this book provides current information about the disease of lupus. Case studies of three people living with lupus introduce the perception, scope, and depth of this affliction in our society.

Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, causes the immune system to attack itself. After an overview that includes possible causes, treatments, and mortality rates of lupus, the book offers articles, inserts, and pictures of celebrities with the disease.

Diagnosing lupus can involve blood tests for the presence of specific antibodies, tests for arthritis, inflammation and pain in internal organs, and changes in the skin and mucous membranes. Lupus affects different people differently, and diagnosis can require various specialists (e.g., rheumatologists, neurologists, nephrologists, dermatologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists).

The book describes four types of lupus: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, discoid, drug-induced, and neonatal. Genetics, hormones, stress, and environment are all possible causes or contributing factors. …