Research in this area is providing a proof of concept, encouraging researchers to look at how genetic associations and candidate environmental factors come together in lupus patients, she said.
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However, like other environmental exposure areas, there is still a great deal of research to be done. “There’s still so much we don’t know, even though significant advances are being made,” Dr. James said.
Vanessa Caceres is a freelance medical writer in Bradenton, Florida.