See R. G. Lahita and R. H. Phillips, Lupus: Everything You Need to Know (1998).
Either of two inflammatory autoimmune diseases, both more common in women. In the discoid type, a skin disease, red patches with grayish brown scales appear on the upper cheeks and nose (often in a butterfly pattern), scalp, lips, and/or inner cheeks. Sunlight worsens it. Antimalarial drugs may help. The second type, systemic (disseminated) lupus erythematosus (SLE), may affect any organ or structure, especially the skin (with marks like those of the discoid type), kidneys, heart, nervous system, serous (moisture-forming) membranes (e.g., in synovial joints or lining the abdomen), and lymph nodes, with acute episodes and remissions. Symptoms vary widely. Kidney and central-nervous-system involvement can be life-threatening. Treatment includes pain relief, control of inflammation, and trying to limit damage to vital organs.
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There were 18 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 16.7% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 66.7% were non-families. 61.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.61 and the average family size was 2.50.
In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 10.3% from 25 to 44, 51.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 123.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $18,750. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $63,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,341. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.