Navigation Links
Smokers with common autoimmune disorder at higher risk for skin damage

This release is available in French.

As if there weren't enough reasons to stop smoking, a team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have just found another. A study led by Dr. Christian A Pineau, Co-Director of the Lupus and Vasculitis clinic at the MUHC, has clearly linked skin damage and rashes to smoking in people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Rheumatology.

SLE is a long-term autoimmune disorder affecting about one in every 2000 people. About 90 per cent of SLE patients are women, many of them young. Symptoms are caused by an overactive immune system, and the disease can cause inflammation and damage in almost any organ system, including the skin.

"Up to 85 per cent of people with SLE develop skin involvement at some point," explains Dr. Pineau. "Our study shows that the risk of skin damage such as permanent hair loss and scarring from skin inflammation is significantly increased in smokers. So is the rate of active lupus rash."

While there is no cure for SLE, symptoms can be treated with drugs. "However, smoking may interfere with the effectiveness of some medications used to control skin disease in SLE," says Dr. Sasha Bernatsky, study co-author and physician in the MUHC's Rheumatology Division. "This may be part of the reason why smoking heightens skin damage in SLE.

"Even in healthy people, cigarette smoke has both immediate and long-term effects on the skin, its blood vessels and on hair follicles," she adds. "Exposure to tobacco promotes the release of cytokines substances in the body that increase immune system activity and inflammation. In fact, some researchers believe that cigarette smoking is actually a risk factor for SLE in the first place."

The study underlines how vital it is for patients with SLE to remain smoke-free. "We already knew these people should not smoke, due to increased risk of adverse events like heart disease," Dr. Pineau says. "Now it appears we have another reason to emphasize smoking cessation. If we can convince people with SLE to stop smoking, we may be able to help them achieve better disease control, and better outcomes."


Contact: Julie Robert
McGill University Health Centre

Related medicine news :

1. Exercise makes cigarettes less attractive to smokers
2. Smoking Bans Good for Non-Smokers Hearts: Study
3. Proactive, personalized telephone counseling can help teen smokers to quit
4. Breast cancer: Risk increases for smokers and overweight women
5. Smokers Cars Loaded With Nicotine
6. Smokers Twice As Likely to Get TB
7. Is a society with smokers profitable?
8. Florida State Tobacco Tax Increase May Prompt Smokers to Quit Spontaneously
9. State Launches New Campaign to Help Pregnant Smokers Go Tobacco-Free
10. Study finds that tobacco companies changed design of cigarettes without alerting smokers
11. Closer to an effective treatment for gum disease in smokers
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... The American Society for Clinical ... of World AIDS Day 2015. On Nov. 30, ASCP shared its “Give a minute. ... World AIDS Day and the importance of getting tested for HIV. , ASCP has ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... According to ... Ph.D., a senior scientist at Consumer Reports as supporting a “A Call for ... exposure limits. , The original Nov 2015 CR story titled, “Does Cell-Phone Radiation ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... While powdered supplements and ... wasted time. Fortunately, an inventor from Chesterfield, Va., has found an easy to keep ... the scoop used to measure powdered contents in a canister or other container handy ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Ill. (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... Decision Support Solutions, announced at the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) annual ... have seen over 60% growth from 2014. Throughout 2015, the company has ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... its industry-leading suite of automated breast density assessment and enterprise analytics solutions, ... November 29-December 4, 2015 (South Hall booth #2377). Volpara’s quantitative breast imaging ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... Belgium , Nov. 30, 2015   VolitionRx ... on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of ... present at the LD Micro Conference, which will be held ... Attending from VolitionRx will be David Kratochvil ... , Vice President of Investor Relations. ® ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Israel , Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... on acquiring and developing innovative therapies for ear, nose, ... Keith A. Katkin as chairman of the ... , chief executive officer for OticPharma, Ltd.  "Keith brings ... chairman, he will be able to share this experience ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... 29, 2015   Royal Philips  (NYSE: PHG, AEX: ... at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America Annual ... Place in Chicago . Visitors to ... company,s broad portfolio of integrated Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Informatics, ... clinical performance, improve workflow and create a superior patient ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: