How ‘Mono’ Virus Can Raise Your Risk of Lupus and Other Autoimmune Diseases

How ‘Mono’ Virus Can Raise Your Risk of Lupus and Other Autoimmune Diseases

Many college students know it as the virus that causes the “kissing disease,” or “mono” (mononucleosis.) But the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) may also increase the risk of lupus and six other autoimmune diseases by changing how certain human genes are expressed, a new study suggests. The immune system protects the body from infections and diseases. With autoimmune diseases, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells. Scientists think these conditions likely result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autoimmune diseases are difficult to treat — no cure is available — and can lead to a lifetime of...

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