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UF Researchers Find Hope To Find Cure For Lupus, Selena Gomez Opens Up Struggle with Chronic Autoimmune Disease

May 13, 2016 12:54 AM EDT
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A group of researchers in University of Florida have found hope to find cure for chronic autoimmune disease known as lupus.

A group of researchers from the University of Florida, Gainesville claimed they have dicovered a cure for this disease. According to Federal Study Reaserch, the researchers combined two drugs that can reverse the effects of lupus, which was first tested to mice with lupus.

The new study about the cure of this disease was published in Science Translational Medicine. The UF researchers have discovered that by inhibiting certain metabolic pathways in immune cells, there is a way to fight the lupus in mice. Because of this test, the group may have found a way to control lupus changing the way the immune system cells use energy.

"The most surprising result of this study was that the combination of the two metabolic inhibitors were needed to reverse the disease." Dr. Laurence Morel of University of Florida College of Medicine explained.

Facts about Lupus:

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. According to Mashable, As of now, the cause is not yet discovered and it is difficult to diagnose. Almost 5 million people have lupus worldwide.

There three types of lupus: Systemic lupus (SLE), the most common form of lupus, which can affect all parts of the body. Other forms include discoid lupus that only affects the skin and has no other organ complications, and drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE), which is caused by a drug.

Meanwhile, actress Selena Gomez has opened up about her struggle with this disease with Ellen de Generes. Gomez tried to keep her struggle with lupus private. However, she got into the point that she realized her whole life was not private at all.

"Good For You" singer explained what is the disease all about and her struggle.

"It's kind of one of those situations. You just have to take care of yourself," she told Ellen.

May is lupus awareness month. In this video below, women spoke about how they live with lupus. One of them described lupus as an invisible beast.

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