High Blood Pressure in Lupus-like Disease in Mice May Be Caused by White Blood Cells

Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) was tested in laboratory mice with a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like disease, and was found to lower the animals’ blood pressure, levels of autoantibodies, and the number of specific white blood cells called B-lymphocytes. Patients with SLE often have high blood pressure, which may be caused by B-lymphocytes, the study reports.

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CDC: Arthritis Disables One in Four American Adults

About 54 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis — a debilitating joint disease that takes many forms including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis — and 24 million are disabled by some sort of the disease. That means one in four Americans is living with the disease today, up 20 percent since 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in its “Vital Signs” report.

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