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Researchers Study Plant-Derived Compound to Treat Lupus Symptoms

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Lupus is a disabling disease that has no known cure, although doctors have found several medications to help relieve the symptoms and improve quality of life. Unfortunately, many of these medications cause adverse side effects that may also cause disabling conditions, leaving many lupus patients unable to work and earn a living due to their health.

Researchers at the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston are studying a potential new treatment for lupus that reduces the adverse side effects of traditional medications. Their studies led them to a plant-derived synthetic compound known as CDDO that has been effective in managing the progression and development of lupus nephritis in mice, a type of lupus that causes kidney inflammation.

Chandra Mohan, leader of the research team, found that CDDO halted both phases of the development of lupus nephritis in young mice modified to develop the disease. The natural plant extract has no known side effects, unlike traditional lupus drugs, and seems to be much more effective in treating lupus, according to Mohan.

The team is waiting on validation of its research, which was published in the Arthritis & Rheumatology journal, before beginning human trials.

Lupus is one of the many disabling conditions where the treatment can also cause health effects that are disabling. Many lupus medications are immunosuppressive, putting patients at a higher risk of infections. Children and adults who suffer from severely impairing lupus symptoms may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

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