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CIRCUS QUIRKUS

tickets for Sunday 4th September 2011 for 2pm shows.

Please send your order with stamped self address envelope if you can't
pick them up from The Lupus Shop (order prior to be sure there's no disappointments as
numbers are limited)

Many thanks to Closeburn Rural Fire Brigade and all
the individual sponsors (eg G Booker LJHooker, R Lamb DMA, D Hagen SSA &
C.Bloomfield East West to name a few) who make these special events at
the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre possible.

 

The Lupus Shop

Is opening at 1/24 Station Road at Indooroopilly to raise awareness, crafts and recycled items.

Drop in and say hello!

 

 

Queensland Government's Medical and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme


This concession of $216.21 per year is available to low income concession card holders who have a qualifying chronic medical condition significantly aggravated by changes in temperature.  This energy concession will not affect other energy concession entitlements already in place.  The schemes's information and application brochure outlines eligibility criteria and qualifying medical conditions.

Download the brochure here: concession_scheme.pdf

 

Counsellor Alan Hobman

Thanks to Nurse counsellor Alan Hobman for speaking at our Xmas get together 12th December at Indooroopilly drop in centre.  His words of wisdom were of great benefit to everyone.

Raffle prizes ....Were Won by lst.  Helen
2nd Lang and 3rd Cat with thanks to Robyn and Leslie for their donations.

Open day Sat 20th February for the new Kenmore Community centre with stands from a variety of groups and opening by the Lord Mayor (11-2pm

 


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Updates

New Finding Suggest Novel Avenues to Explore Tast Loss in Autoimmune Diseases

Reduced taste sensitivity is a common symptom of autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome and lupus, and it can have a negative impact on a person's nutrition. Taste sensitivity waxes and wanes along with other disease symptoms, but the mechanism by which inflammation could contribute to the loss of taste remains largely unknown. NIDCD-funded researcher Hong Wang, Ph.D., and colleagues at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, in Philadelphia, have used a mouse strain (MRL/Ipr) that models lupus in humans to explore the effects of chronic inflammation on taste tissues. The investigators noted increased levels of inflammation-promoting immune system cells in the tongue tissue of MRL/Ipr mice in association with lower expression levels of markers for Type II taste cells. (Type II taste cells reside within the taste buds and are responsive to sweet, bitter, and umami, or savory, flavors.) Taste buds appeared smaller in the MRL/Ipr mice than in the control mice. In tasting tests, the MRL/Ipr mice showed decreased responsiveness to bitter, sweet, and umami flavors, but responded normally to salty and sour flavors. The research provides new evidence linking autoimmune disease and chronic inflammation to selective changes in the structure and function of taste tissues in the tongue. These findings offer opportunities for further explorations that have the potential to improve nutrition in people with chronic autoimmune disorders.

 

Retrieved April 11, 2011 from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

Lupus Booklet


A nineteen page booklet filled with stories and poems written by people who have lupus

Including a foreword written by Dr Carola G Vinuesa and Dr Matthew Cook, research scientists who are looking at the causes of lupus.

Contact us if you are interested in purchasing this interesting little book


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Sat Mar 09 @09:00 - 11:00AM
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