• Lessons from Lupus: My Story

    I awoke that day to stinging pain in both my hands. I could hardly bend my fingers because they were so swollen; I was in a lot of pain.

    A hastily arranged trip to my doctor revealed that my white and red blood cell counts were low, as was my platelet count. She diagnosed my condition as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a disease that could be fatal if left untreated.

    By Denise Dorfman
  • Health News: Lupus Flares and Heart Disease

    Lupus is a bigger risk factor for heart disease than smoking: but why? Lupus sufferers have periods of relative wellness followed by “flares” in which the lupus acts up. Researchers are beginning a study that will use MRI technology to get pictures of beating hearts during a flare that they hope will yield clues as to why the combination of lupus and heart disease is so deadly.

  • What's My Alternative: Lupus

    For years, Jesse Loren, a 45-year-old high school teacher who lives near Davis, California, battled severe allergies, kidney problems, and unexplained fatigue. In 2004, she was diagnosed with pityriasis, a skin condition characterized by a pink, scaly rash.

    By Vanessa Selene Williams
  • Hair Loss Scare

    Not necessarily. It’s normal to shed about 50 to 150 strands a day, but if your hair appears to be dramatically thinning, it might be a sign of an underlying condition. While culprits can be as serious as thyroid disease and lupus, hair loss is often caused by poor diet and stress, says Antonio Alvi Armani, MD, author of How to Beat Hair Loss.

    I lose a lot of hair in the shower—should I be worried?
    By Josie Garthwaite