Lupus

From the Series USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Between one and two million people in the United States are known to have lupus. But many more people may have it and not know it. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease, which means the body’s immune system cannot tell the difference between healthy cells and invaders like viruses and bacteria. In lupus, the immune system attacks tissues throughout the body. In mild cases symptoms include joint pain and fatigue. The worst cases can end in kidney disease and even death.

Lupus is difficult to diagnose and treatment is complicated. Medications can treat symptoms, but there is no cure. People who suffer from this disease need to rely on their families and friends to help them out when symptoms flare up. In 2011, USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, reported that for the first time in fifty-six years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat lupus.

In this book you will follow the stories of people living with lupus and learn about causes and symptoms of this debilitating disease. You’ll find out about available treatments and ongoing research into new medications and therapies. You’ll also receive guidance on how to cope with lupus or help a loved one manage symptoms and find help.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-7613-8851-7
$51.99 $38.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.3
BISACS JNF051030, JNF024020
Dewey 616.7'72
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.125 x 9
Lexile 1040
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Karin Rhines

Karin Rhines has written educational materials on life science and biomedicine for more than thirty years. She has coauthored numerous science textbooks, written dozens of award-winning educational videos, and contributed to an eight-volume middle school encyclopedia on diseases. During her fourteen years with the Westchester County Department of Health in New York State, she directed programs in HIV/AIDS education and HIV testing.

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USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

Developed in partnership with USA TODAY, one of the most read newspapers in the world and the No. 1 newspaper in the United States, this easy-to-read medical series focuses on some of today’s most topical diseases, disorders, and… View available downloads →