Celebs you did not know were battling Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s defence system produces antibodies that attack your own tissues

Causing inflammation as opposed to the immune system protecting the body from infections.

Statistics show the disease is nine times as common in women as in men and more prevalent in younger people.

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Only about one in 15 cases begin after the age of 50 and tend to be less severe.

Here are celebs who have Lupus.

1. Selena Gomez

The ailment left the actress hospitalized and she had to undergo kidney transplant.

2. Lady Gaga

Although having never shown symptoms, this American singer, songwriter, and actress tested borderline positive for lupus in 2010.

3. Toni Braxton

This Grammy award–winning singer has openly struggled with lupus since 2011.

4. Nick Cannon

Diagnosed in 2012, Nick Cannon first experienced severe symptoms of lupus, including kidney failure and blood clots in his lung.

5. Seal

This award-winning English singer/songwriter first showed signs of a specific type of lupus called discoid lupus erythematous at age 23 with the emergence of facial scarring.

Although he’s not as outspoken about lupus as other celebrities living with the disease, Seal often talks about his art and music as a means through which to channel pain and suffering.

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Waking up with a negative mindset can affect you for the rest of the day, research finds

At one point or another,everybody has days when they get up on the wrong side of the bed, feeling ready for the day to end before it has even begun.

And scientists say the old adage may have some truth in it.

Research shows people who are in a bad mood in the morning, struggle more throughout the day.

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Those who expect to have a bad day from the start have worse brain function later in the afternoon, according to a study.

This reduces the brain’s working memory, making us more likely to make a mistake or struggle to focus.

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Scientists from Penn State University in Pennsylvania studied 240 adults and asked them to rate their stress levels throughout the day.

They were also asked to complete exercises to test their working memory.

Those who were most stressed in the morning performed worse on the working memory tests later in the afternoon.

000000000000People who said in the evening that they were stressed about the following day did not show the same decline in brain power if they were less stressed in the morning.

According to Daily Mail,the scientists now say there may be ways to stop people being as stressed in the morning, meaning they avoid the brain slump in the afternoon.

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Scientists discover new self-injected drug that will free people who suffer from migraine

A self-injected drug could free people from the misery of migraines by halving the number of headaches.

Migraines affect around one in seven people, who are forced to try everything from lying down in a dark room for hours to being sick and taking painkillers.

The condition, which causes severe thunderclap headaches, affects three times as many women as men.

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Now a trial has found a drug which blocks pain signals in the brain can drastically reduce the number of migraine episodes.

After three months, 30 per cent of almost 250 people treated with erenumab halved the number of headaches they suffered, compared to 14 per cent of those given a dummy drug.

Dr Mark Toms, chief scientific officer at Novartis UK, said: ‘There has been no real advancement in migraine treatment for the past 20 years and we’re proud to be breaking new ground’.

It is estimated people in the UK lose 25 million days from work or school each year due to migraines.

The drug, administered with a self-injection device similar to those used by diabetics, was tested on patients who had failed to respond to up to four other treatments.

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Study leader Dr Uwe Reuter, from The Charite-University Medicine Berlin in Germany, said: ‘The people we included in our study were considered more difficult to treat, meaning that up to four other preventative treatments hadn’t worked for them.

‘Our study found that erenumab reduced the average number of monthly migraine headaches by more than 50 per cent for nearly a third of study participants.

‘That reduction in migraine headache frequency can greatly improve a person’s quality of life.’

Dr Toms added: ‘There has been no real advancement in migraine treatment for the past 20 years and we’re proud to be breaking new ground in neurology for the millions of people in the UK living with the painful and disruptive symptoms of migraine.’

There are more than 190,000 migraine attacks a day in the UK and the condition often starts during puberty, most affecting those aged 35 to 45.

The neurological disorder causes headaches that range in severity from moderate to blindingly painful, with other symptoms including nausea and light sensitivity. Attacks can last anything from four hours to three days.

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While most people with migraines are forced to rely on over-the-counter painkillers or drugs called triptans which narrow blood vessels in the brain, the latest study gave 246 migraine sufferers 140mg injections of erenumab or a dummy drug once a month for three months.

Of the participants, 39 per cent had been treated unsuccessfully with two other medications, 38 per cent with three medications and 23 per cent with four medications.

The preliminary study involved people who suffered an average of nine migraine headaches a month.

This was reduced to four and a half days or less on average in 30 per cent of those on erenumab, who also spent fewer days suffering from migraines and taking drugs to stop their headaches

Erenumab blocks pain signals by targeting a receptor in the brain, preventing a protein which transmits migraine pain from working as it should.

The drug was found to be as safe as the dummy drug, with no one stopping the drug during the trial due to side effects.

Erenumab is marketed by the global drug company Novartis, which helped to fund the study, and is not yet licensed for use in the UK.

Positive Thinking Could Extend Your Lifespan. Here’s How GOOD Thoughts Will Cut Your Risk Of Early Death

Many of us accept we’re not the healthiest person on the planet.

But new research warns this mindset could be dangerous.

In fact, according to Stanford University, people who view themselves as less healthy than others are at risk of suffering a premature death – no matter how active they actually are.

The study is the latest of many to show how our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs have a direct impact on our health.

Experts say this shows we should equally prioritize feeling positive and working out.

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‘Our findings fall in line with a growing body of research suggesting that our mindsets – in this case, beliefs about how much exercise we are getting relative to others – can play a crucial role in our health,’ co-author Dr Alia Crum said.

The surveys documented participants’ levels of physical activity, health and personal background, among other measures.

In one of the samples, participants wore an accelerometer to measure their activity over a week.

They were all asked the same question: ‘Would you say that you are physically more active, less active, or about as active as other persons your age?’

The researchers then viewed death records from 2011, which was 21 years after the first survey was conducted.

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They found that people who saw themselves as less active than others were up to 71 percent more likely to die in the follow-up period than people who thought they were more active than their peers.

This was even true after they controlled for physical activity, age, body mass index, chronic illnesses and other factors.

Dr Crum’s prior research shows that the health benefits people get out of everyday activities depend in part on their mindsets – that is, whether or not they believe that they are getting good exercise.

‘With sexual arousal, a simple thought or idea can have immediate physical effects.

‘We experience these things regularly, and yet we’re not cataloging them as something that matters.

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‘For whatever reason – dualism or a prioritization of the material – we tend to ignore the fact that our thoughts, mindsets and expectations are shaping our everyday physiology.’

Zahrt and Dr Crum say the findings could help change our perception that vigorous exercise in a gym is the only way to attain a proper activity level.

Being mindful of and feeling good about activities you do every day – like taking the stairs, walking or biking to work, or cleaning the house – could be an easy first step for everyone to benefit their health, they say.

‘It’s time that we start taking the role of mindsets in health more seriously,’ Dr Crum said. ‘In the pursuit of health and longevity, it is important to adopt not only healthy behaviors, but also healthy thoughts.’

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