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Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

No: Lupus is not related to Alpha or beta thalassemias. The thalassemias cause "intrinsic" anemia, meaning the anemia is due to a problem inside the red blood cells. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and causes "extrinsic" anemia, meaning lupus is acting on the red blood cells from the outside and causing them to be destroyed. ...Read more

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Is aps possible if beta-2 glycoprotein , lupus anticoagulant and cardiolipin-ig-(g/m/a)are >0.2. Is test to be repeated in 1-2yrs if once negative?

Is aps possible if beta-2 glycoprotein , lupus anticoagulant and cardiolipin-ig-(g/m/a)are >0.2. Is test to be repeated in 1-2yrs if once negative?

No: It is highly unlikely that you have apa syndrome if the tests are negative. The test values can vary from time to time and may even be negative on rare occasions. However, if you have symptoms and the tests are negative at that time then you need to find another cause. ...Read more

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Dxd w/ MS in 2010, tried avonex (interferon beta 1a) & copaxone but it was stopped b/c bad reactions. Same thing w/ plaquinil for my lupus work up. What could do that?

Dxd w/ MS in 2010, tried avonex (interferon beta 1a) & copaxone but it was stopped b/c bad reactions. Same thing w/ plaquinil for my lupus work up. What could do that?

OK, let's sort out.: Do you really have ms or do you have lupus, which can mimic, or do you have both? You need an experienced expert at a good medical school to sort this out. Once all is clarified and confirmed, and indeed if you have ms, do not use the old washed out drugs; rather, consider one of the orals or tysabri (natalizumab). Regardless of diagnosis, you should be taking supplemental vitamin d. Get a new opinion. ...Read more

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What are beta-glucan supplements for?

What are beta-glucan supplements for?

Many Uses: Beta glucans are cell wall sugars advocated for use to treat high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, hiv/aids, and to boost the immune system. Of these, data suggests use can reduce total and LDL cholesterol after several weeks of treatment. Some data supports use for increasing survival in people with cancer (when given along with conventional treatment for at least a year) and preventing infections. ...Read more

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I have friends that take beta glucan for their autoimmune , one has told me "helps alot" any truth to this you think?

I have friends that take beta glucan for their autoimmune , one has told me "helps alot" any truth to this you think?

Maybe: Medical research shows limited promise in use of these substances for various medical purposes. As always, we should exercise caution when ingesting anything that hasn't been thoroughly proven. Instead, use the reliable strategy of daily whole grain intake, such as oats and barley. ...Read more