“Lupus and You,” an educational seminar, will be held from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City. Sponsored by the Alliance for Lupus Research and its Greater Kansas City Walk with Us to Cure Lupus, the seminar will provide the latest information about treatment and research into a cure.

Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, causes such symptoms as painful swelling of the joints and inflammation of the major organs, including the heart, lungs, kidney and brain. More than 1.5 million Americans suffer with this disease that strikes heavily in women of child-bearing age and those of African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian descent. While there is no known cause or cure for lupus, there have been breakthroughs in treatments.

A number of local physicians and healthcare providers will be featured at the seminar. Topics include:

• Diet management.

• Coping with Lupus: How does Lupus affect your state of mind.

• Mouth and skin manifestations of Lupus.

• Benlysta and new potential treatments for Lupus.

• Lupus in pregnancy: What you need to know. Are there genetic risks?

A panel discussion and question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The seminar is free and reservations are required, contact Leslie Crouch at lcrouch@alr.org or call 646-884-6013. When registering, provide your first and last name, a phone number where you can be reached and how many will be attending. A complimentary lunch will be provided and parking is free.