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The Autoimmune Connection, Essential Information for Women on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Getting on With Your Life. 2nd Edition, 2016.

By Rita Baron-Faust, MPH, with Jill P. Buyon, MD, Chair, Division of Rheumatology, NYU Langone Medical Center (2016, McGraw-Hill, New York)

The Autoimmune Connection explains the links between autoimmune diseases and offers up-to-date information on diagnosis, treatments, and why women with one autoimmune disease, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or Crohn's disease, may be at risk for others .

In the revised and updated edition of this bestselling resource, you’ll learn:

• Major breakthroughs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis

• New information on potential environmental triggers for autoimmunity, such as cigarette smoking, pesticides, pollutants, viruses and other microbes, including links between the normal bacteria that live in our own digestive system.

• The latest drugs on the market and new treatments on the way, plus new and sensitive diagnostic “markers.”

• How you may be affected by healthcare law reform provisions and key changes to Medicare and Medicaid


“A wonderful resource for any one battling an autoimmune disease. Not only does it educate and empower the reader, it also gives them comfort that they are not alone.” --Steven Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation

“Groundbreaking … this book will enable more women with autoimmune diseases to find help … and hope.”
-- Virginia T. Ladd, President, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.

“Essential reading that will empower the millions of women who suffer from these diseases.”
--Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause.

“As a medical journalist and author, Rita Baron-Faust has contributed immensely to the public’s understanding of autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases. With this new book, she has delivered to women patients, in particular, a one-stop resource with the information and tools they need to live and cope with autoimmune disease.”
--Kellie Martin, Actress and national spokesperson, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

"Provides valuable information on managing one's own disorder and cites ways that autoimmune diseases can vary at different ages," The New York Times.

“Empowers women… provides the information women need to fight the daily battles against autoimmune diseases,” Society for Women’s Health Research.

“Offers the most up-to-date information on the diagnosis, treatments and risks for autoimmune diseases,” National Women’s Health Resource Center.

"The Autoimmune Connection provides a long overdue focus to the myriad autoimmune disorders that disproportionately affect women. This book will go a long way in addressing what is truly a significant health issue, and it will hopefully help countless women," Phyllis Greenberger, President and CEO, Society for Women's Health Research, Washington, DC.

"These disorders pose unique treatment challenges, and this up-to-date information provided will be welcome in women's health collections," Library Journal.