By A. G. Moore
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that common staph infections can precipitate a lupus-like disease in mice. According to Dr. Vaidehi Chowdhary, this discovery opens the possibility for the development of new therapies for lupus and even, conceivably, for the prevention of the disease. He explains that if human studies yield the same results as mouse studies, then individuals who are genetically susceptible to lupus may avoid developing the disease altogether if they eliminate staph from their environment. While this is only conjecture at this point in the research, Dr. Chowdhary believes the staph/lupus association is an exciting breakthrough. The study was published in the August 2012 issue of The Journal of Immunology.