Rheumatic Reading List December 2021

Hi folks,


I've done a roundup of articles that can help you if you live with a rheumatic disease such as Sjögrens or lupus.


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Mix of Chinese Herbal Medicines May Help Improve Patients’ Sleep.

"A mix of four traditional Chinese herbal medicines may help improve sleep and reduce the levels of certain antibodies in patients with Sjögren’s disease, a Taiwanese study suggests." Link Here.


Researchers Explore New Ways to Diagnose and Treat Lupus-Related Kidney Disease.

"Findings from newly published research may pave the way for exciting advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus nephritis (LN, lupus-related kidney disease)."


"The study identified 237 different biomarkers (measurable substances in the body that can indicate the presence of disease), all measured via non-invasive urine tests, that can help identify LN and kidney disease progression." Link here.


Study Shows Better COVID-19 Outcomes Among Vaccinated People with Rheumatic Diseases, Lupus.

"In a new study from Greece, people with systemic rheumatic diseases, such as lupus, who received the COVID-19 vaccine experience better outcomes than unvaccinated people with similar disease."


Researchers examined a group of 195 people who contracted the virus, comprised of 147 who were unvaccinated and 48 who received at least one vaccine dose." Link here.


Newport News lupus survivor wants to bring awareness to two invisible illnesses with specialty license plates.

Chastity Corbett wants to drive attention to lupus and fibromyalgia through license plates on cars. Link here.

Loss of Smell Linked to Disease Severity.

"Sensitivity to smell is reduced in people with Sjögren’s syndrome, compared with healthy controls, and appears to be linked to the severity of the disease, a new study reports." Link here.


Ianalumab, an Antibody, Eases Sjögren’s Symptoms at High Dose in Trial.

"Ianalumab (VAY736), an investigational antibody to treat Sjögren’s syndrome, at high dose was well-tolerated by patients using it for one year, and led to reductions in disease activity and significantly greater saliva production, data from a Phase 2b clinical trial show." Link here.

Treating Chronic Pain Takes a Team. I Had to Build My Own.

Personal story on the New York Times Link here.

Autoimmune diseases: the sand in the eyes of Sjögren's syndrome.

An article that speaks about Sjögren's and the early symptoms often overlooked by medical professionals. Link here.

Why the FDA is Ordering Stronger Warnings for Breast Implants.

An article that talks about the disclosures medical professionals need to take prior to breast implant surgery, why these new measures are needed and what some surgeons have to say about the warnings. Link here.

Mithu Maheswaranathan, MD, Speaks About Low Health Literacy in SLE Patients.

"Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who displayed limited health literacy were found to be a particularly vulnerable population with significantly disparate and worsened health outcomes." Link here.


Whether you are new to our website and blog, or a returning patient, I want to thank you again and always for being here on this autoimmune journey with me.


I will fully admit I am not a professional writer, I am just an ill mother who has a passion and drive for helping others. If you are struggling with your autoimmune disease, please know that you are not alone.


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Wishing you Health and Happiness,


Heather and Marc






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