• Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a disease that is a good example of an “autoimmune disease”. It is a chronic inflammatory disease where the immune system attacks the tissues of different organ systems throughout the body and can result in many problems. It occurs worldwide, and is more common in some populations than others. Overall, this disease occurs to a frequency of about one in 1000. It is most common in women, particularly in the fertile years. In these years this disease has a ratio of about 9 women to 1 man, while in other years the ratio is much closer. There are many manifestations of systemic lupus, from mild…

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain and inflammation of the joints of the spine and the joints between the spine and pelvis (sacroiliac joints). However, AS may also involve other parts of the body as well. AS and its related diseases affect as many as 2.4 million people in the United States. AS commonly occurs in people between the ages of 17-35, but it can affect children and older adults. AS is more common in men, but occurs in women as well. Although the exact cause of AS is unknown, we do know that genetics, along with some environmental factors, play a key role in…