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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

Study of Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Stem Cells for Lupus Therapy

Human umbilical cord blood-derived mensenchymal stem cells (uMSCs) have been found to offer benefits for treating lupus nephritis (LN) when transplanted into mouse models of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is an autoimmune disease with “myriad immune system aberrations” characterised by diverse clinical conditions, including LN, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for patients with SLE. The beneficial results were reported in a study by Taiwanese researchers published in the current issue of Cell Transplantation (20:2).

According to corresponding author Dr. Oscar K. Lee of the National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, MSCs have been shown to possess immune-modulatory capabilities and can alleviate immune responses by inhibiting inflammation as well as the function of mature and immature immune system T cells. Seeking to explore the therapeutic effects of uMSCs in treating LN, their study systemic immune diseases closely resembling SLE in humans.

We found that uMSC transplantation markedly delayed the deterioration of renal function, reduced certain antibody levels, alleviated changes in renal pathology and the development of proteinuria – the presence of excess protein serum in the urine and a sign of renal damage,” said Dr. Lee.

The positive difference in survival rate for mice treated at two months of age compared with mice treated at six months of age, led the researchers to conclude that early uMSC transplantation may be most efficacious. The researchers also deduced that their findings favored the use of allogenic (other-donated) rather than autologous (self-donated) MSCs for SLE treatment, which would make sense with an autoimmune disorder.

The therapeutic effects demonstrated in this pre-clinical study support further exploration of the possibility of using uMSCs from mismatched donors in LN treatment,” concluded Dr. Lee.

The ability of uMSCs to reduce inflammation means that they are likely to be of use in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and this study supports that reasoning and, in this case, also advocates the use of non-self cells,” said Dr. David Eve, associate editor of Cell Transplantation and an instructor at the University of South Florida Centre of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair.

Retrieved April 13, 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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