- What is Lupus?
- Lupus and UV from Flourescent Lights and CFLs
- Medical & Health Insurance Assistance
- Clinical Trials
- Lupus Research Organizations
- Local Lupus Organizations
- Nationwide Lupus Organizations
- Lupus Forums & Blogs
- Professional Services & Other Helpful Websites
- Handouts: Nutrition, 3-day diet
What is Lupus?
NEW!Lupus Check by GSK: http://www.lupuscheck.com/
What is Lupus?: http://lfnc.org/what_is_lupus.html
The 11 Criteria: http://lupusresearchinstitute.org/lupus/lupus_diagnosis
How Lupus Affects the Body: http://www.lupus.org
Detailed article written in layman's terms covering Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and how it attacks various organs in the body including: cardiopulmonary system, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, musculoskeletal, kidney, vasculities, Sjogren's, skin, oral disease, antiphospholipid antibodies, blood disorders, the eyes, osteoporosis, and lupus in combination with other connective tissue or autoimmune diseases.
The Spoon Theory: This provides a simple approach to explaining how lupus affects a person with lupus' life, visit YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn5IBsm49Rk
NEW! The Lupus Companion: http://lupusliqueens.org/the-lupus-companion-a-free-app-to-help-you-keep-track-of-your-lupus-care
A Free App to Help You Keep Track of Your Lupus Care. A free new app, the Lupus Companion, developed as part of the Lupus Initiative, has just been released to help people with lupus keep track of their medications, appointments and symptoms. Developed by doctors and patients, the app includes a short questionnaire designed to be taken every three months to help monitor disease activity.
Lupus and UV from Flourescent lights and CFL lights
US Sunscreens 2012 Highlights
(all people with lupus should wear sunscreen everyday indoors and outdoors)
SunGuard Wash-in Sun Protection
Lupus Now Magazine: Lighting the Way
Abstract of Study: Fluorescent light activates...Implications for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus
Accommodating People With Lupus | Job Accommodation Network:
A Service of the U.S. DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy
Medical & Health Insurance Assistance
Social Security and Disability Resource Center
The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website (www.SSDRC.com) is written by a former disability examiner and addresses questions that claimants often have about the application and appeal process but, often as well, have trouble finding clear answers to.
Social Security Disability SSI and Filing based on Lupus:
How does Social Security consider lupus as a disability?
Lupus, Social Security Disability, and Applying for Benefits
California Medical, Insurance, and Health Benefits Resource List [PDF]
Compiled by the LFNC. This document includes brief descriptions and contact information for the following resources: Medicare, Medi-Cal, Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP), Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), Free Prescriptions, County Free Clinics, and Social Security Disability.
Link to health insurance options for the state of California.
Government Resources via LFA Resources Link »
Sidebar links to Social Security Disability, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Other Government Assitance Websites
Prescription assistance programs and oher patient and family resources via LFA Resources Link »
Sidebar links to Patient Education Programs, Center for Clinical Trials, Financial Aid, Scholarships
Alliance for Lupus Research Clinical Trials Info Page »
Provides education lists and pamphlet about clinical trials in general, current and local clinical trials, drugs in trial phase, and FAQs
Clinical Connection »
Lupus clinical trials and medical research studies search engine.
Phase I Safety Study of AMG 811 in Subjects With Discoid Lupus Erythematosus »
Contact: Amanda Foster, AMFoster@stanford.edu or (650) 721-7147
Seeking: + Participants diagnosed with DLE with or without Systemic Lupus
+ Be between 18 and 70 years old
+ Meet all study eligibility criteria
The AMG 811 clinical trial will evaluate the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of AMG 811 in patients with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus. More info: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=NCT01164917
Lupus Registry and
The LFRR is actively researching the different ways in which SLE affects various ethnic groups. Families with one or more living members diagnosed with lupus may be eligible.
Contact: Domenique Williams 888-655-8787 toll-free or
Seeking: + People with lupus and their families
+ Healthy participants
Asians with lupus and their families are encouraged to participate for a current study that is being conducted.
* The LFRR is sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS, a branch of the National Institutes of Health or NIH), They are the only research resource of multiplex lupus families in the world that scientists in the USA can apply to use in their own lupus research. See also Lupus Research Organizations below.
The Access Clinical Trial for Lupus Nephritis:
Being diagnosed with kidney disease as a result of lupus (called 'lupus nephritis') brings new challenges... and new choices. This site is here to help you learn more about your diagnosis and about your options for treatment – including the option of participating in the ACCESS clinical trial.
By bringing both of our clients (Study Participants and Clinical Investigators) together we are able to revolutionize the Study Participant recruitment process in order to make it quicker, more accurate, and more personal than ever. The level of care, attentive service, and dedication to privacy that we provide will go beyond what is expected and our superior service will make us the leading Study Participant placement firm nationwide.
LFA Center for Clinical Trials Education (CCTE): http://www.lupus.org/clinicaltrials/
Learn more about participating in clinical trials and find clinical trials taking place in your area.. Using the CCTE, you can find resources as well as ask questions about clinical trials or share your experience.
LFNC Clinical Trial List:
Presents a listing of lupus clinical trials in CaliforniaLupus Research
Lupus Research Organizations
Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR): www.lupusresearch.org
Visit this website for the latest updates on lupus research sponsored by this organization. The ALR is a national voluntary health organization based in New York City that was founded in 1999 and is chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson. The mission of the ALR is to support research into the cause, cure, treatment and prevention of systemic lupus erythematosus and its complications.
Lupus Family Registry & Repository (LFRR): http://lupus.omrf.org
The LFRR is a long-term research project that:
- Operates in conjunction with the Lupus Genetics Studies
- Is sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS, a branch of the National Institutes of Health or NIH)
- Has the only research resource of multiplex lupus families in the world that scientists in the USA can apply to use in their own lupus research
- Keeps a collection of DE-IDENTIFIED materials from families with 2 or more members diagnosed with SLE
The Lupus Initiative: http://thelupusinitiative.org
The Lupus Initiative® is a national education program designed to reduce health disparities experienced by patients with lupus. We develop educational resources for students and practitioners of medicine and the health professions – CME activities, case studies, a curriculum on lupus and health disparities, communication tools and more – to assist and support them in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients disproportionately affected by lupus based on race, ethnicity, and gender.
Lupus Research Institute: http://www.lupusresearchinstitute.org
The Lupus Research Institute is uniquely dedicated to novel research in lupus. Recognizing that most major medical breakthroughs come from unexpected directions, the LRI fosters and supports only the highest-ranked new science to prevent, treat and cure lupus.
UCSF Lupus Program: http://pages.medicine.ucsf.edu/lupus
Visit this site for the latest clinical trials and research on lupus by UCSF. This program is composed of a multi-disciplinary group of health care professionals who share a common vision: to find safer, more effective therapies for lupus and to improve the quality of life of patients living with lupus.
Local Organizations & Programs
The Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC): www.lfnc.org
The LFNC provides a variety of services to support and educate the community, particularly lupus patients, their families and the medical community. Visit this informative website and finda a number of services including conferences, books & articles, and other website resources.
UCSF Lupus Peer Support Group (for ages 15 - 23) [PDF] »
Join the UCSF peer group and meet other teens and young adults with Lupus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or social worker, Caroline Hill, LCSW, at (415) 353-2858.
Nationwide Organizations & Programs
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA): www.lupus.org
The nation's leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus. The LFA's mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support individuals and families affected by the disease, increase awareness of lupus among health professionals and the public, and find the causes and cure. Research, education, and patient services are at the heart of LFA's programs. Blog: The Road to a Lupus Cure »
American College of Rheumatology (ACR): www.rheumatology.org
Arthritis Foundation: www.arthritis.org
Visit this page and do a search on lupus. The site offers various abstracts and information related to lupus. The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.
Asian Health Services: http://www.asianhealthservices.org
A comprehensive community health center that provides medical care, health education, insurance counseling, and client advocacy in the underserved Asian and Pacific Islander (API) population in Alameda County.
Association of Asian Pacific Sommunity Health Organizations: http://www.aapcho.org
A national association representing community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders within the United States, its territories and freely associated states, primarily through our member community health clinics.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Trends in Deaths from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - United States, 1979-1998
Cross Cultural Health Care Program: http://www.xculture.org
CCHCP serves as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. Services include cultural competency training programs, interpreter information, and on-line library.
LANtern (Lupus Asian Network) (Hospital for Special Surgery)
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
The National Lupus Awareness Campaign
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
The National Kidney Foundation
Lupus Forums & Blogs
Caring Bridge: http://www.caringbridge.org
CaringBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery.
A CaringBridge website is personal, private and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love and support in the guestbook.
Charla de Lupus: (Lupus Chat) (Hospital for Special Surgery)
MDjunction - People Connecting People: http://www.mdjunction.com/lupus
Teen and Parent Lupus Chat Groups: (Hospital for Special Surgery)
A monthly in-person chat group for teens (14 to 18) who have lupus and their parents.
We Have Lupus: http://forum.wehavelupus.com/forum.php
A well organized forum with topic discussions including newly diagnosed, symptoms, medications, and general questions.
Professional Services & Other Helpful Websites
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. Find safe foods to eat, safest sunscreens, safest cosmetics.
Goddess Hair Extensions and Replacement
Service Locations in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula, and San Jose
The Internet Chamber of Commerce: Vitamins Supplements in California
California Vitamin Supplements section of the Internet Chamber of Commerce's Health & Wellbeing directory.
Judy Burgio, R.Ph, C.N.
Judy Burgio has been well-known as a highly-skilled Integrative Health Specialist for over 20 years. In her private practice in Mill Valley, California, she sees clients in person and also conducts telephone consultations all over the U.S. and internationally. Combining her expertise as both a pharmacist and a nutritionist uniquely reflects her passion for optimal health and life-balance.
*See her food plans in Handouts section
Naturalux Flourscent Lighting Filters
NaturaLux™ Filters are designed to absorb the damaging UV rays from fluorescent lamps that can trigger lupus health "flare-ups." Additionally, Inspired Concepts and Inspired Sales are proud to be working with lupus organizations to educate and to help provide relief for those who suffer from lupus.
Pacific Psychotherapy of San Francisco
Offers help for chronic illness
Jyoti M. Rao, MFT
870 Market Street, #469
San Francisco, CA 94102
(650) 503-3737 or (720) 470-8049
*See 3-Day Diet below
Handouts from Support Group Meetings & Education Days
THe following contributions are PDF Documents unless noted.
NEW! Mediterranean Diet Cuts Death From Chronic Diseases