Scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) recently reported encouraging news for people suffering from lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects about 1.5 million people in the U.S.
Lupus attacks your immune system and destroys healthy cells (aka macrophages), tissues and other organs. The most common target is your skin, although your brain, kidneys, lungs and other organs and tissues can also be damaged.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the form seen in 70 percent of cases. Patients often experience unexplained fever, shortness of breath and chest pain, heart or kidney problems, swollen, painful joints, unsightly skin rashes, incapacitating headaches and debilitating fatigue.1