Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a valuable contributor medically — and economicallyPublished: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 By: Scott Meacham Source: NewsOK
Over the last year, Progentec Diagnostics, a startup that is focused on developing breakthrough diagnostics, has made significant progress on a diagnostic test to identify patients at increased risk for flare in lupus.
Lupus is a viciously painful disease that generally surfaces in women in their midteens to forties and affects them for the rest of their lives. This chronic autoimmune disease has two stages. When it is nonsymptomatic, patients don't feel pain and can carry on with their lives.
But when lupus erupts into a flare, inflammation and pain can be intense. Lupus damages skin, joints, and organs, including the kidneys and heart.
There are about 1.5 million lupus patients in the U.S., with more than 16,000 new cases reported annually. It is believed that more than 5 million people of all races and ethnic groups throughout the world suffer from this disease.