Lupus Shows Its True Color

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THE LATEST ADVANCES IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
A new lupus check that finds even hard-to-spot cases will be available within a year.

Current tests miss at least 20% of those with lupus. The new blood test, called the FHCRC anti-SR antibody test, was developed by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. It detects the presence of compounds called SR phosphoprotein antibodies in the serum--the clear fluid portion of the blood--which turns purple if lupus is present. These telltale SR antibodies can be found even among lupus patients who test negative with the best current diagnostic test, says researcher and test developer Mark Roth, PhD.

PHOTO (COLOR): A better test.

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By Deb Dellapena

Edited By Safí Harrar

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