Lupus Body Rash Update

Hello lupus warriors!  If you have been following my blog, you may have seen that I have been dealing with chronic urticaria since October 2018.  It is now June and I am currently experiencing another flare up of this dreadful lupus body rash.  When it first appeared, I was told it was Shingles.  After numerous visits with my healthcare providers, they believe they are hives of some sort.

If you have not ready my first post on my lupus body rash,
you can read it and see pictures here!

This rash produces hive like lesions that sometimes break open (this seems to only happen when their are hive like spots on my hands).  Sometimes they itch like crazy and other times they are just painful.  I have had swelling beneath these hives and they are incredibly uncomfortable.

These lupus hives each last around 3-4 days and leave an area of discoloration on my skin after the hives have subsided.  Over the past few months, I have had multiple outbreaks of these chronic urticaria and have had numerous tapers of Prednisone and also shots of steroids to help minimize the hives and swelling that I have experienced.

The steroids seem to help lessen the swelling and seems to help the hives go away a little quicker, but as soon as I am finished with my prescription, they start popping back up again!

I wish that I could say that I have found out a direct cause of these hives over the last 8 months, but unfortunately, I have not been given an answer to that just yet!  Over the past few months, I have seen my PCP, urgent care, the ER, my allergist, and am currently scheduled for a second appointment with a dermatologist in a few days.  All in regards to this lupus body rash.

My allergy doctor felt they were not related to my allergies (even though I do have many allergies and have had throughout my life).  He felt that if they were allergic hives, they would not last as long as they do (4-5 days usually for each hive) or leave a discoloration on my skin either.

I have met with the dermatologist about 2 weeks ago during the worst outbreak of chronic urticaria I have had so far.  He believes they may actually be related to either lupus itself or that my lupus has caused me to develop a stronger sensitivity to an allergy.  He then gave me a shot of steroids and prescribed me 3 different medications that he believes could help.

He also took some blood work that he says will help us determine if these recurrent hives are due to lupus or allergies.  I have not received the results of this lab work yet, but am hoping that he has some answers at my next appointment.

I have been taken these 3 medications for the past 2 weeks with hopes they would prevent these hives from appearing again.  They are a variety of different histamine blockers.  Unfortunately, they have not helped much.  They also cause extreme drowsiness that is almost worse than the pain and itching I am getting from this body rash.

I bet most of you can understand the frustrations of not knowing a trigger or ‘why’ and the struggle to deal with side effects of medications.  It seems to be a common thing when you have lupus and it sucks.

The medications I have been prescribed for my recurrent lupus urticaria include:

 

-Cyproheptadine 4mg 2x a day

-Hydroxyzine HCL 10mg 1x a night

-Cimetidine 200mg 2x a day

 

medicine for chronic urticaria
medicine for chronic urticaria

 

I will definitely update you guys once I go to my next appointment.  I am hoping that we can find some answers as to what is causing these hives and if it has anything to do with lupus.  I am including a number of pictures below of this rash.  Sometimes, I break out in only one or two areas on my body.  Other times, it can be over 20 different hives and swelling.  I feel extremely fatigued, nauseated, and increased joint pain many times I have a larger outbreak.

The photos include various stages of these hives.  Some are light and when they first begin to appear.  Others are when the swelling is pretty bad.  Some of the other pictures are marks that remain 2 weeks after the swelling has gone.  I hope these pictures help someone else who may be going through something similar.  I had some readers reach out to my by email and they are experiencing similar hives.  Let me know if you have gone through something similar and have been able to find out what is causing them!

 




Turmeric Face Cream

If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I love turmeric products.   Today, I want to tell you about my newest turmeric discovery- turmeric face creams.  There are so many awesome benefits when it comes to using turmeric, but with lupus, I really applaud it’s anti-inflammatory abilities!  Turmeric seriously makes a difference in my lupus joint pain and stiffness.  So naturally, I am always looking for new turmeric supplements that I can incorporate into my wellness plan.

Recently, I discovered turmeric face masks  I was amazed at how well these masks work to reduce redness on my face.  As much as I love the turmeric masks, I still deal with dry skin in the winter.

Read about our favorite turmeric masks…

I live in Ohio and if you have ever been to Ohio in the winter, you probably know exactly what I mean.  I began looking for a turmeric face cream that could not only provide anti-inflammatory benefits, but one that could also nourish my dry skin.

You may have heard of the anti-inflammatory benefits lupus patients can get from ingesting turmeric, but did you ever think that turmeric may also help you to reduce inflammation on your face and replenish lost moisture when used as a turmeric face cream?   Find my five favorite turmeric face creams below!

turmeric face cream
turmeric face cream

#1  Passport’s Clear Face Turmeric Lotion 

This turmeric face cream is a lightweight organic lotion that contains certified organic turmeric extract. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties that fight blemishes and help nourish your skin.  This turmeric cream contains soothing certified organic aloe vera, rooibos tea, coconut oil and lavender.

Not only does this magic face cream contain turmeric, but it also is infused with jojoba oil, olive oil, Vitamin E and neem oil for extraordinary results.

 

#2 Medix 5.5 Vitamin C Cream w/Turmeric

This is a 15 oz sized of turmeric face cream and it is infused with Vitamin C as well.  Created by Medix 5.5, their Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Cream provides your skin with a combination of anti-aging ingredients with natural antioxidants. The added Vitamin C in the face lotion helps promote even skin tone. Natural Ferulic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that targets sun damaged skin and of course, it contains turmeric to help fight inflammation on your face.

This nourishing turmeric face cream also contains other great natural ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, and natural extracts such apple, sunflower, and rosemary for the ultimate in skin hydration.

 

#3 Origins Dr. Andrew Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion

This light-weight face lotion from Origin not only is saturated with turmeric, but also Hypsizygus Ulmarius, Cordyceps and Reishi Mushrooms, Ginger, and Holy Basil.  This turmeric face cream is beneficial in providing your skin with hydration and reveals calmer and refreshed skin. 

If you are looking for a light weight turmeric face cream, this lotion by Origin is a great choice.  If you are looking for a thicker lotion, this is not the one to choose.  This lotion is for people who have oily skin or a combination skin that does not require a thick layer of product.  It provides a thin layer of moisture that helps to nourish your face and calm any redness you may be experiencing.

 

#4 TULA Probiotic Skin Care Hydrating Day and Night Cream

Now, if you are like me and are looking for the ultimate in moisture, this is the holy grail of turmeric face creams.  I absolutely love this nourishing turmeric face cream from TULA Probiotic Skincare.  Check out the reviews on Amazon and you will see that I’m not the only one who feels this way about their face cream!  This turmeric moisturizer is whipped and extremely nourishing to dry skin.  It is not too thick or greasy, so it can be worn under makeup or at night as a night cream.

This turmeric face cream has been clinically proven to soothe and reduce redness and the appearance of distressed skin, which is a plus if you suffer from redness on your face or if you suffer from lupus malar rash.

In addition to turmeric, this face cream also contains extracts of blueberry, watermelon, apple, and prickly pear.  If you are looking for a turmeric face cream that has been clinically proven to reduce redness, TULA is the best to choose.

 

#5 Priori Luxuriant Cream

If you are looking for a high-end turmeric face cream, Priori Luxuriant may have just what you are looking for.  This face lotion is infused with antioxidant-rich blend of turmeric root, green tea, grape seed, argan oil and olive leaf PLUS licorice root.  This proprietary blend helps to brighten and nourish skin in an ultimate spa like experience at home.  The active addition of turmeric root and antioxidant-rich botanicals in this face cream help reduce pigmentation and give a more even, illuminated skin complexion.  This turmeric face cream is formulated with potent botanicals containing vitamins B, C, E, and infused with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, great for calming the skin.  Great choice if you suffer from redness and rashes on your face.

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Is Lupus Genetic?

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that plagues millions of people around the world.  While lupus was first discovered and named in the thirteenth century by a physician named Rogerius.  He coined the term ‘lupus’ because it is the latin word for ‘wolf’ because he believed the malar rash resembled that of a wolf bite.  Over the years, many researchers and physicians have made great scientific stride in learning about lupus.

Although lupus was medically discovered generations ago, it is still lagging behind many other diseases in terms of research and treatment.  There is still an undecided community of medical professionals and scientific researchers on understanding what exactly causes lupus and if lupus is genetic or hereditary.  Today, we want to focus on the long held question, is lupus genetic?

What is Lupus?

 

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body immune attacks your tissues and organs. Body systems that can be affected by inflammation caused by lupus includes the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, brain, and lungs.

Lupus can be hard to detect because its sign and symptoms are often similar to those of other ailments. Facial rash which is the most significant sign of lupus looks like the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks occurs in many but not all cases of lupus.

Some people tend to develop lupus right at birth and can be triggered by injections, sunlight or some particular drugs. While there might be no cure for lupus, the symptoms can be controlled by appropriate treatment.

 

 

 

Lupus Triggers

While cases of SLE can be found worldwide, it has increased 10x over the last 50 years in Western countries.  While this post focuses on lupus genetics, it is important to understand the difference in triggers and genes.  While a person may have lupus genetic markers, it is usually a trigger that causes lupus to become activated. There are many environmental factors in which a person’s lupus can be triggered.

An overwhelming majority of lupus patients are women (an astonishing 9 out of 10 SLE patients), which has led some to believe in hormonal causes of lupus.  Other lupus researchers believe that physical and emotional trauma can also be the cause of lupus becoming active in a person.  Infections and viruses have also been named possible triggers for SLE.  There is also evidence of sunlight and chemical exposure being named as triggers for lupus.  Drug induced lupus occurs in around 10% of people diagnosed with lupus and there have been over 80 various medications responsible for drug induced lupus.

 

So…is lupus genetic?

Normal variations in various genes can affect the risk of developing SLE, and in most cases multiple genetic factors are thought to be involved.

Lupus is a complex disease that is possibly caused by several interacting features, which includes inherited genes, environmental factors (such as certain medications, severe exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun, and likely viral exposures at key times), and female hormones.

Lupus is not contagious; it is an autoimmune disease which affects the functioning of your immune system. Therefore, lupus is not a viral or bacterial disease that can be transmitted to other people. Also, the disease is not transmitted through sexual intercourse, and it’s possible to have children even if you have lupus. An example is the pop singer Seal, who is diagnosed with discoid lupus but was still able to father three healthy children.

 

Is lupus genetic?
Is lupus genetic?

See lupus genetic markers here

Is Lupus Hereditary?

Lupus can be considered a hereditary disease. Recent studies carried out among lupus patients with an identical twin have revealed that there is a 25 percent possibility for the other twin to develop lupus. While for a patient with a fraternal twin, the chance of the other twin to get the disease is 2 to 3 percent.

Current evidence shows that genetics are known to play a role in the development of lupus, but there are several other factors to consider. There is a possibility of developing lupus even if you have no twin or relatives that don’t have any autoimmune disease.

No particular gene or group of genes have been proven to cause lupus, however when lupus appears in individual families, and when one of two identical twins has lupus, there is a high probability that the other twin will also be affected by the same disease.

Thus these findings as well as several others, strongly suggest that genes are involved in the development of lupus.

Sporadic which is the most common lupus cases develop means that no known relative has the diseases, however when lupus develops in people with no family history of lupus, it’s likely other family members have an autoimmune disease.

Certain ethnic groups such as people of African, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, Native American, or Pacific Island descent have a higher possibility of developing lupus, which may be attributed to genes they have in common.

 

Conclusion

It can be concluded that while lupus is caused by certain factors such as environmental exposures (like medications, exposure to ultraviolet rays and also specific viral exposures at key times), and female hormones. Inherited genes have even known to cause the disease especially in a set of twin in which one is affected by the disease, there high chance that the other will develop the disease as well. Another instance is when an individual has some of his family members suffering from autoimmune disease, there is also the possibility such individual develop lupus disease.

 




Lupus Genetic Markers

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and destruction of multiple body organs. The antibodies get activated against its body organs and start destroying them. It has clinical heterogeneity which means that it has a variety of disease manifestations. It may involve one body organ in one person and multiple organ systems in the other. It shares its signs and symptoms with other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Same is true regarding its severity.

 

Lupus and Genetics

Lupus is a multifactorial disorder with an elusive etiology; it has a strong association with multiple factors, genetic and non-genetic factors. Clinical studies have established that ultraviolet radiation, specific drugs(isoniazid, hydralazine, procainamide) and infections (Epstein-bar virus) can also lead to SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus).

Currently, there is an explosion of information regarding the possible role of genetic markers in this disease. Hundreds of studies are being done in many parts of the world to establish its genetic predisposition. This new evidence has profound effects on understanding the etiology and planning an effective remedy.

 

What makes Lupus a genetic disease?

Lupus has been found to exert some typical etiological features similar to the known hereditary disease. It has a clear predilection for affecting women in their young ages. It is so common in females that it is being labeled as a women disease. About 9 out of 10 lupus patients are young women. Apart from having a strong link with a specific age and gender, its runs in families too. About 10% of lupus patients have some relevant bearing the same disease. It was found to have a remarkable 40% concordance in monozygotic twins and 4% concordance in dizygotic twins. In addition, it is prevalent in certain races like Hispanic, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans. All of these factors make it clear that lupus has a strong genetic predisposition; faulty genes being the real culprit.

 

Study approaches for complex genetic causes:

In order to understand the genetic side of lupus, you must also have an idea about methods that are being applied to find the truth. Currently, two major approaches are being used:

  • Linkage studies
  • Association studies

 

Linkage studies involve gathering of families in which 2 or more than two persons have lupus. The genome of such families is scanned using microsatellite markers and their genetic makeup is studied. In association studies, one single gene is selected and hypotheses are formed against it. Most common practice is to study a single code using case-control cohort method. In order to refine results, trio design is being formed which includes testing of both patient and his/her parents. With the latest advances in technology, these methods are also getting quick, easy and improved.

 

 

lupus genetic markers
lupus genetic markers

 

Important Genetic markers in Lupus:

Before naming the exact genes related to lupus, it is important to know that lupus is a genetically complex trait. It means that several genes, coding regions or loci are involved in causing susceptibility in this disease. There are no single genes but a group of many loci implicated in lupus. There is also the possibility of their mutual interaction and interaction with hormonal or non-genetic factors. The important lupus genetic markers can be listed as:

  • HLA region genes:

HLA (human leukocyte antigen) genes are a topmost group of genetic markers that are strongly associated with lupus. These genes maintain the body immune system. The deletion of C4A allele has been found closely related to increased risk of lupus for many years. However, HLA region contains hundreds of genes and it has not been possible to pinpoint a single culprit gene yet. It is quite clear that HLA is the strongest genetic association of lupus among all other genes. HLA class 1&2 have been shortlisted and further studied for finding exact code.

  • FCγR 2A and 3A:

The Fc receptors for immunoglobin G protein are located at membranes of certain immune cells. These are responsible for the clearance of immune complexes and have been found to be linked with lupus. Several meta-analyses have shown their presence in patients of kidney lupus.

  • STAT4:

STAT4 is a newly discovered agent and polymorphism in these genes is related to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis both.

  • IRF-5:

Interferon regulatory factor 5 is a part of innate immunity and is said to increase the risk of lupus according to many cohort studies. Many groups of successive cohort studies established its possible role in causing lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

 

Conclusion

Unfortunately, no genetic marker or group of genes has been finally confirmed and are being further investigated. Much has to be done yet to solve the genetic mysteries of lupus. After years of studies, we have an idea about the possible culprit genes and their mechanisms. With advancing technology and refined tools, we should be hoping for some breakthrough in the future.




Lupus Body Rash

Most of us are aware of the Malar rash and rashes we may get when exposed to the sun or even UV lights.  I experienced rashes after the sun that looked similar to “sun poisoning” (and was told that is what it was for many years).  Just recently, I have begun to develop wheals of incredibly itchy and burning spots that resemble hives (urticaria).  These spots pop up when I start flaring and are quickly resolved once I start on a high Prednisone taper.  The thing about these lupus hives are that they last longer than 24 hours compared to allergic hives you may have had in the past.

They also leave a residual dark spot once they have gone away.  I have had these pop up on my hands as well and actually blister.  These have left some very small scars.  This starts out as a circular rash that is incredibly itchy.  The first time these appeared, I was told that I have Shingles.  Most of them followed a dermatome, but I had a few on the other side of my body.  The ER doctor stated that because of lupus, it could cause a more widespread outbreak of Shingles.  I was given anti-virals.   The only ones that blistered were on my fingers.

When it appeared for the third time in a two month time frame, I went back to the doctor.  I was given a high steroid taper to help with the rash and reduce the flare symptoms I was feeling during this latest rash episode.  The steroids reduced the rash considerably within 24 hours of starting the taper.  I have not had the rash biopsied, but if it presents again I am going to have to do that.

 

See my June 2019 Lupus Body Rash Update HERE!

Here are pictures of my rash over the course of 3 separate outbreaks.

 

 

Lupus Rash or Shingles?
Lupus Rash or Shingles?

 

 

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts - Shingles or Lupus?
Lupus Body Rash- Itchy Hives and Welts – Shingles or Lupus?

 

See my June 2019 Lupus Body Rash Update HERE!

Have you had any rashes pop up that your doctors are unsure of?  Let me know in the comments below!




The New Lupus Drug That Could Replace Plaquenil

According to the Lupus Research Institute,  a new study by Target Identification in Lupus grantee Keith Elkon, MD, of the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues has given hope that a new drug they designed could possibly work better than the most common anti-malaria drug currently prescribed to lupus patients.

 

the new lupus drug that could replace plaquenil
the new lupus drug that could replace plaquenil

 

Plaquenil is the brand name of Hydroxychloroquine.  Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug that has been used for a long time in rheumatic diseases like lupus and arthritis.  It was originally created as an anti malarial drug, but was found to help manage lupus patients around the time of World War II.  Hydroxychloroquine can be seen as a foundation drug that many lupus patients will continue to be on for the rest of their lives.

Even if it is not working by itself, most rheumatologists will layer lupus treatment with another drug while still keeping their lupus patients on Hydroxychloroquine.  This is because Plaquenil has been studied and shown to help manage lupus symptoms like muscle and joint pain, skin rashes, pericarditis, pleuritis, and even fatigue.  It has also been shown to reduce the risk of further organ damage in lupus patients when taken for long term management of lupus.  The risk of flares also drops to around 50% when a patient is on Plaquenil.

For over 50 years, Hydroxycloroquine was one of the only medicines that had been approved specifically as a treatment for lupus.  In recent years, many strides have been made to increase funding for lupus research and clinical trials, and there is great hope on the horizon for lupus sufferers.

According to the study conducted by Target Identification in Lupus grantee Keith Elkon, MD, of the University of Washington and his colleagues, a new drug they designed, has shown promising results in a study with mice.  This lupus study,  focused on the type I interferons that are believed to be produced in excess among lupus patients.  Type I interferons are are a large subgroup of interferon proteins that help regulate the activity of the immune system.  In patients with lupus, these proteins are found in excessive numbers and could explain the overreaction of lupus patient’s immune systems.

Anti-malarials also work in lupus patients by reducing the number of interferon proteins, but they are not sufficient for more serious lupus symptoms and manifestations.  This study by Dr. Elkon provides a promising look to a safer and more reliable drug that will help to reduce interferon proteins and provide better lupus disease management.

This new drug, currently called X6, was shown to provide a better response to lupus symptoms than that of Hydroxychloroquine.  During the study, Dr. Elkon and his team compared the results of the new drug X6 to Hydroxychloroquine in mice that carried a specific gene mutation, also found in some lupus patients.  The results were exciting for the lupus community.

According the journal published, the lupus researchers concluded that drug X6 diminished the amount of type I interferons in the mice, while hydroxychloroquine did not.  In the same study, the research team noted that X6 worked better to reduce heart inflammation as well.  It was concluded that X6 outperformed Hydroxychloroquine in this study and further tests will need to be conducted before this new lupus drug would be allowed in human clinical trials.

The Lupus Research Institute is one of my favorites sites to stay up to date on all the new lupus research and drugs that will hopefully lead to a cure for lupus.  I highly recommend visiting their site to stay abreast of new treatments and studies being conducted that solely focus on lupus and its treatment.

 

 

 

 




5 Lupus Books Every Lupus Patient Should Read

We have compiled a list of the best 5 Lupus Books that you can order online from Amazon without ever having to leave your house.  Shop these informative lupus book from Amazon from the comfort of your own home.  These books detail tips, advice, and educational information on lupus.  If you are recently diagnosed with lupus, these books will definitely be vital in understanding exactly what lupus is and how you can manage your lupus.   Educating yourself on SLE will be beneficial to your health and you can learn tips to help prevent lupus flares.  These books have awesome reviews online from other lupus patients.  Let us know below if you have read any of these lupus books from Amazon!

1. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Autoimmune Disorders


What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Autoimmune Disorders: The Revolutionary, Drug-Free Treatments for Thyroid Disease, Lupus, MS, Ibd, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Diseases

 

2. Lupus: The Essential Clinician’s Guide

 

 

3. Coping With Lupus: A Practical Guide to Alleviating the Challenges of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

4. The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families

 

5. Lupus: Alternative Therapies That Work




Setting Goals with a Chronic Illness

“The Greatest Wealth is Health”- Virgil, Roman Poet

 

Congratulations!  You have made it to a new year! When you suffer from a chronic illness, that is an accomplishment to celebrate!   We have made it our mission to work on healthy goals in 2019 and we hope that you will join us. Have you struggled in the past with crazy New Year resolutions that are only met with failure or lack of motivation?  Don’t worry, we have all been there!

 

Setting Goals with a Chronic Illness
Setting Goals with a Chronic Illness

 

Today, we want to offer some easy tips for you to set goals that ensure a prosperous and healthy start to the year.  These tips are to help you set goals that will make your goals more attainable and successful.

Choose a Specific Goal

Don’t choosing something that is too broad.  For example, instead of choosing something like “I want to lose weight”, say something like “I want to lose 10 pounds”.  This helps you to have an actual goal to complete.

 

Choose an Attainable Goal

Many long term goals and dreams are made up of mini goals that must be met first.  Everyone has to take the first step when working towards a goal, so make sure you choose one that can be reached with hard work and in your designated time frame.

 

Break Your Goal in to Mini Goals

Once you have decided on a specific and attainable goal, break it down into smaller goals.  Once you have done this, give each mini goal a deadline. This will help you stay on track and monitor the progress you are making towards your goal.

 

Craft your Goal

Now that you have an understanding of how to craft a goal that you can actually accomplish, think of the one goal that you want to reach by the end of 2019.  Write this goal down and post it in a spot that will be seen daily. Here’s to a rocking new year!  Having a chronic illness does not have to stop you from reaching important goals and dreams.  We may have to take a more organized and strategic approach, but it is important to keep reminding ourselves that we can accomplish our desires, one step at a time.

Let us know what health goal you plan on implementing in 2019 and you could be featured on our website and/or social media platforms!  Comment with your goal by the end of the week and let us help you stay motivated and on track!  




Eli Lilly : FDA Grants Fast Track Designation To Baricitinib Development Program

(RTTNews.com) – Eli Lilly and Co. (LLY) and Incyte Corp. ( INCY ) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Fast Track designation to baricitinib, which is being studied for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE.

The Fast Track designation process aims to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new medicines that treat serious conditions and fill unmet medical needs, with the goal of delivering potentially important therapies to patients sooner.

Earlier this year, positive results of a Phase 2 study of baricitinib for the treatment of SLE, which informed the FDA’s Fast Track designation, were published by The Lancet and presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology.

Lilly said it is currently studying two doses of baricitinib in Phase 3 SLE trials. Additionally, Lilly is investigating baricitinib as a potential treatment for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, a serious form of eczema, with Phase 3 results projected to be shared during the first half of 2019.

Baricitinib is approved in over 50 countries globally as OLUMIANT for the treatment of adults with rheumatoid arthritis.

Read the original article at RTTNews here!

 




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