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Autoimmune Awareness: One Condition, Many Diseases

Approximately 50 million Americans, or one in five people, have an autoimmune disease. In these patients, the immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake. These diseases, more than 130 known at this time, can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.1  Examples of autoimmune diseases include: diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis.

In recognition of National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, we asked two of UBC’s registered nurses, specializing in autoimmune diseases, to talk about their roles and the care they provide patients affected by autoimmune diseases.

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