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Last Modified: May 14, 2008
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Highlights in Minority Health
May, 2008
World Lupus Day, May 10th, 2008
 

MAY 10th, 2008 IS WORLD LUPUS DAY

World Lupus Day will focus on the need for improved patient healthcare service, increased research into the causes of and a cure for lupus, enhanced physician diagnosis and treatment of lupus, and better epidemiological data on lupus globally.

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EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT HEALTH DISPARITIES

red arrow Lupus is three times more common in black women than in white women. It is also more common in women of Hispanic/Latina, Asian, and American Indian descent.1
red arrow Black and Hispanic/Latina women tend to develop symptoms from SLE at an earlier age than other women.1
red arrow African Americans have more severe organ problems from SLE, especially with their kidneys.1
red arrow Between 1979 and 1998, death rates from SLE increased nearly 70% among black women between the ages of 45 and 64 years. Possible reasons include an increasing incidence of SLE, later diagnosis, less access to health care, less-effective treatments, and poorer compliance with treatment recommendations.2
red arrow Each year during the study period, death rates for SLE were more than five times higher for women than for men and more than three times higher for blacks than for whites.2

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

 
World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Trends in Deaths from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - U.S., 1979 - 1998
Office of Communication (OC) Lupus Fact Sheet
  World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) Arthritis Program
  Athritis Types: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or Lupus)
  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)
  Eliminate Disparities in Lupus
  Lupus News
World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses & Other Health Professionals
The Many Shades of Lupus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Neurological Sequelae of Lupus Information Page
World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
Lupus Nephritis
World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo Medline
Medline Plus: Lupus
Definition & Images
World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo National Women's Health Information Center
Lupus
World Lupus Butterfly Globe Logo Organizations
Alliance for Lupus Research
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Foundation
Black Women's Health: Living with Lupus
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)
World Lupus Day
Lupus Now
Statistics about Lupus
SLE Foundation

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SOURCES

  1. Women's Health.gov / 4Women.gov FAQs Lupus
  2. CDC Office of Communication, Lupus Fact Sheet

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