Sunday, 29 May 2011

New lupus treatment

It's apparently the first in 50 years - a new treatment for lupus, that Australia's Monash University helped to develop.
The new drug, Benlysta, appears to be for use with current drugs, rather than instead of them. It targets B-cell production.
B-cells are an important part of the immune system, when they're working properly. When they live longer than they're supposed to, they mean the immune system is over-active and that's when problems begin.

What does it mean for people like me?

Probably nothing, but knowing research is going on is very reassuring. 

While they're still researching, there's no cure for lupus yet, as opposed to no cure ever.


http://www.monash.edu.au/news/show/monash-research-leads-to-first-lupus-breakthrough-in-50-year 
 http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm246489.htm

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