Welcome to our new blog. Please feel free to look around the site and contact us with any questions. In the coming months, I shall be writing on various topics of interest in healthcare. The topics will focus mainly on preventive medicine but I shall also discuss issues of, disease management, health policy and emerging healthcare technologies. Please feel free to suggest any topics that you wish to be discussed.
May in National Lupus Awareness Month!
Lupus is a disease of the immune system where the immune systems turns on the person and attacks healthy cells and tissues. This leads to damage of several parts of the body including skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain and blood vessels. The cause of Lupus is not known at this time but it is probably a combination of inheritance (genes) and environmental factors that trigger the disease.
Lupus an occur in anybody but it is more common in women. It occurs more commonly in women of African-American, Hispanic, Asian descent than in Caucasian women. Symptoms of Lupus include joint pains, skin rash, body aches, hair loss, sun-sensitivity, sores in the mouth, low blood count and tiredness. These symptoms may come and go.
Lupus is diagnosed by a variety of blood tests which are best ordered by your physician. You should be proactive in your health by telling your doctor any unusual thing you have noticed about your body.