Breakthrough treatment for Lupus - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/20/09

Breakthrough treatment for Lupus

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Scientists are very excited about a new drug to treat Lupus. This is the first breakthrough in 50 years.

Lupus is one of those weird auto-immune diseases where the body turns on itself and attacks healthy tissue. Most patients can lead a normal life with treatment. A brand new medication called Benlysta which is a monthly injection can significantly improve the symptoms of the disease.

Researchers at Human Genone Sciences followed nearly 900 patients with Lupus and found that most patients taking the highest dose and even the lowest dose all reported their symptoms improving.

This study was conducted by researchers at Human Genome Sciences and Glaxo Smith-Kline.

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