Announcements for 2006

November 13, 2006 (historical)

NIAMS Introduces Lupus CD-ROM

Lupus Jacket Label
Order this CD ROM

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services? National Institutes of Health (NIH), is offering Lupus Information for You and Your Patients on a CD-ROM. It is an informative and cost-effective educational tool for doctors and other health professionals who treat patients with lupus.

Lupus is one of many disorders of the immune system known as autoimmune diseases. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect. This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes and kidney problems. More women than men have lupus, and it is more prevalent in African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American women than in Caucasian women.

"Lupus is a complex disease and presents many challenges," according to NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. "The CD-ROM will provide information and valuable resources to doctors and their patients, as well as nurses and other health professionals to help them better understand this disease."

This CD-ROM includes:

  • A collection of print-friendly PDF files of selected patient education brochures
  • Professional educational resources, including information from the updated Lupus Nurses Guide (3rd edition)
  • Web links to numerous useful resources from the National Institutes of Health, other Federal agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Free copies are available to anyone upon request. Health professionals, patients and family members, faculty at health professions schools, and nonprofit organizations serving individuals with lupus and their families will find this CD particularly useful.

To order a free copy of the CD-ROM, contact the NIAMS Clearinghouse at 1-877-22-NIAMS (1-877-226-4267), or or visit

The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services? National Institutes of Health, is to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. For additional information, call NIAMS? Clearinghouse toll free at 1-877-22-NIAMS, or visit the NIAMS Web site at