A meta-analysis of lupus finds the disease is less common than previously thought, but disproportionally affects women and racial and ethnic minorities of both sexes.

 

Epidemiologic data for the autoimmune disorder lupus, a condition where the body’s own immune system harms healthy cells and tissues, is limited, and this is especially the case for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.

Using data from the CDC’s National Lupus Patient Registry network of population-based lupus registries, the first credible meta-analysis estimating U.S. prevalence of the disease, published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, was performed.

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