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The Autoimmune Connection: Essential Information for Women on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Getting on with Your Life

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As featured in the New York Times and recommended by the National Women's Health Resource Center and the Society for Women's Health Research, The Autoimmune Connection discusses the links between autoimmune diseases and offers up-to-date information on diagnosis, treatments, and risks for women with one or more autoimmune disease, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or Crohn's disease.

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Overview

As featured in the New York Times and recommended by the National Women's Health Resource Center and the Society for Women's Health Research, The Autoimmune Connection discusses the links between autoimmune diseases and offers up-to-date information on diagnosis, treatments, and risks for women with one or more autoimmune disease, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or Crohn's disease.

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Editorial Reviews

Christian Library Journal
These disorders can pose unique treatment challenges for women, and the up-to-date information provided here will be welcome in most women's health collections.
— (Library Journal, February 2003)
From The Critics
...provides valuable information on managing one's own disorder, lists treatments and possible new ways to alter immune responses, and cites ways that autoimmune diseases can vary at different ages... The authors also sound some hopeful notes.
Library Journal
Diagnosed with hypothyroidism over 20 years ago, veteran medical writer Baron-Faust (Being Female) vowed to write a book on the broad spectrum of autoimmune diseases that uniquely affect women, owing to the interplay of the immune system and hormones. Coauthored with distinguished New York rheumatologist Buyon, her comprehensive guide covers some 20 diseases, including autoimmune hepatitis, myasthenia gravis, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, vasculitis, and premature ovarian failure. It also addresses in a single chapter some disorders that often "travel" with autoimmune diseases (e.g., chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and endometriosis), which can further downgrade a patient's quality of life. Each chapter includes signs, diagnosis/tests, current and future treatments, and the female factor, e.g., how female hormones, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause affect the course of the disease. Included are patient stories to illustrate how perplexing these diseases can be to diagnose and treat. The final chapter offers suggestions on the specialists who typically treat each disorder and ways to become an empowered patient. Pointedly, the authors have chosen not to discuss complementary or alternative medicine approaches but do caution those considering such therapies to proceed with care. Although the authors include a five-page list of contributors who "provided peer review on the rapidly evolving subject of women and autoimmunity" and frequently discuss studies from medical journals, they offer no exact citations either as footnotes or as a reference list for further consultation. Still, these disorders can pose unique treatment challenges for women, and the up-to-date information provided here will be welcome in most women's health collections.-Lisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp., Cincinnati Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071433150
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 904,264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita Baron-Faust (New York, NY) serves on the board of the American Autoimmune and Related Diseases Association.

Jill P. Buyon, M.D. (New York, NY) is founder and director of the Lupus Clinic at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and a professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A New View of Autoimmunity
1 Autoimmune Disease - Facing Our Intimate Enemy 1
2 Those Aching Joints - Rheumatoid Arthritis 17
3 The Shadow of the Wolf - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 51
4 The Elusive Butterfly Gland - Thyroid Disease 83
5 The Body Snatchers - Scleroderma and Autoimmune Skin Disorders 105
6 More Than a Dry Spell - Sjogren's Syndrome 141
7 Vanishing Hormones - Type 1 Diabetes, Premature Ovarian Failure, and Other Endocrine Problems 157
8 Tough to Digest - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), Celiac Disease, and Pernicious Anemia 195
9 An Attack of Nerves - Multiple Sclerosis 239
10 Weak in the Knees - Myasthenia Gravis 263
11 A Fury in the Blood - Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Immune Thrombocytophenic Purpura, and Vasculitis 285
12 Assault on the Liver - Autoimmune Hepatitis and Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 323
13 Mysterious Fellow Travelers - Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Endometriosis, and Interstitial Cystitis 343
14 Navigating the Medical Maze 365
Afterword: Where the Future May Take Us 381
App. A Where to Go for Help - Information and Support Groups 385
App. B: Recommended Reading 397
Index 399
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