KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 3/13/11, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Jane Toriello and Dr. Miranda Adelman, Board Members, Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona.
Toriello says Lupus is ysid it affects around 40 to 50 people per 100,000, most commonly affecting women aged around 30. She said no two cases of lupus are exactly alike. The treatments for lupus, according to Toriello, can be as varied and individual as the disease itself and may change over time.

Adelman says recent research suggests that a drug used to wean drug addicts off substance, Low Dose Naltrexone, is being successfully used by a small number of rheumatologists to reduce the symptoms and issues associated with lupus. She says it is a bit controversial right now because the drug was not intended to be used this way.

Toriello says with research advances and a better understanding of lupus, the prognosis for people with the disease today is much better than it was 20 years ago. She says you can have lupus and remain active and involved with life, family, and work. As current research efforts unfold, she says, there is continued hope for new treatments; improvements in quality of life; and, ultimately, a way to prevent or cure the disease.