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Lupus Foundation of America Releases New Patient Education Series
Date:2/6/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is proud to unveil new publications for its lupus patient education series. Five new booklets and eleven fact sheets provide the latest medically sound information about lupus diagnosis and treatment.

The publications feature easy-to-read language within a simple layout to help people with lupus and others learn about the disease and its impact on individuals and families. Developed in consultation with the nation's leading lupus experts and people affected by lupus, the materials provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of living and coping with the disease.

The new publications are appropriate for use at health fairs, doctors' offices, hospitals and clinics, schools, and education seminars or programs. Bulk orders of the new materials are available for purchase through the LFA store at http://shop.lupus.org. Single copies are available by contacting the LFA National Office at 202-349-1155 or any LFA chapter office.

Booklets and corresponding fact sheets include:

-- Understanding Lupus (causes, forms, symptoms, physicians, and risks)

-- Diagnosing Lupus (the immune system, common symptoms, and lab tests)

-- Treating Lupus (the goals of a treatment plan, medications used, investigational treatments, and complementary and alternative therapies)

-- Living with Lupus (the physical impacts of the disease)

-- Coping with Lupus (the emotional and personal aspects of the disease)

Additional fact sheets about specific organ involvement include:

-- Lupus and the Cardiovascular System

-- Lupus and the Renal System

-- Lupus and the Skin

-- Lupus and the Nervous System

-- Lupus and the Musculoskeletal System

-- Lupus and the Gastrointestinal System

In addition, the LFA has developed a series of Quick Guides which provide information about the impact of lupus on specific population groups that are at greater risk for developing lupus -- African Americans, Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics/Latinos.

Additional titles as well as versions in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese are in development and due out later in 2008.

The Lupus Foundation of America is the nation's leading nonprofit voluntary health education dedicated to finding the cause of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA and its nationwide network of nearly 300 chapters and support groups conduct programs of research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit the LFA Website at http://www.lupus.org.

Editors Note: Download JPEG images of the booklet covers at http://www.lupus.org/newsite/pages/booklets.html


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