Public unaware of Sjögren’s syndrome

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A survey conducted by Bruskin/Goldring Research shows that three out of four women over 35 years of age experience at least two symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome, but that fewer than half mention these symptoms to their physicians. And less than one-fifth of women surveyed have ever heard of Sjögren’s syndrome. The autoimmune disorder mimics a number of other conditions, particularly menopause, Dr. Frederick Vivino of Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia said in a release to raise awareness of Sjögren’s. Dry mouth and dry eyes are hallmark symptoms of the illness; the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis are also frequently associated with Sjögren’s.

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