THE LU­PUS LINK

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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.

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