In an analysis of data from approximately 2.4 million individuals in southeastern Michigan, University of Michigan researchers found that black women were affected by lupus at a higher rate than white women. Aside from being at greater risk of being diagnosed at a younger age and during childbearing years, black women with the autoimmune disease were more likely to have serious complications, including kidney failure and neurological disorders. The findings appear in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

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