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Report from American Cllege of Rheumatology meeting in Chicago: “Two experimental treatments take aim at the destructive immune response believed to cause lupus, according to new research presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting.” The first study “looked at large doses of vitamin D, while the other was a trial of a potential vaccine against an immune system protein called interferon alpha.” In the first study, 24 patients with lupus “were given an injection of 100,000 international units of vitamin D once a week for four weeks. After that, they received a once-a-month injection of the same dose of vitamin D for another six months.” In the second study, 28 patients with lupus “were given four doses of a vaccine against interferon alpha (IFNa),” which caused the patients’ immune systems to make antibodies against their own IFNa, a protein directly affecting the severity of the disease.
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