THE LUPUS LINK
Psychological trauma has been linked to an increased
risk for lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the skin, joints and internal organs.
A team from Harvard’s School of Public Health studied more than 54,000 women over 24 years to
determine their exposure to trauma, including serious car accidents and sexual assault. Compared to women without trauma, those with post-traumatic stress disorder were almost three times more likely
to develop lupus.