August 14, 2012
Millions of Americans suffer from lupus, a disease that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues making it difficult for people to move or walk. A disease that affects women more often than men, lupus has no cure … as of yet.
Rheumatologist Lakshmi P. Kocharla, M.D. will discuss ‘Lupus and Similar Autoimmune Diseases’ on Wednesday, September 5 at Burnham Brook Center. The presentation, part of Senior Health Partners’ ‘Aging Well’ series, is free to the public.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Kocharla’s presentation at noon. The program is free to the public, however seating is limited. For reservations call toll free 1-877-462-2247.
The purpose of Dr. Kocharla’s presentation is to help educate the community about lupus, when to seek medical attention, what treatment options are available, and how to live a healthy and normal life with the disease.
Lupus is characterized by inflammation of lining of the joints. It is a chronic form of arthritis, which can be disabling if left untreated. Prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment have been shown to control disease activity and maintain the integrity of the joints. Though there is no cure, with advancement in research and drug developments, the newer medications have been helping patients achieve good disease control and helping them live healthier and happier lives.
- Lupus is a chronic, potentially life-threatening disease that can cause damage to virtually every organ in the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys.
- Late diagnosis and delayed treatment contribute to significant tissue damage leading to organ failure, disability, and death.
- Although lupus can occur at any age and in both genders, it is a disease that discriminates. About 90% of people with lupus are women in the prime of their lives.
- Lupus is also more prevalent in African and Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics.
Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.
Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.