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New collaborative research gives hope for improved care to Sjögren’s patients
Shamsee Sanguinetti

​​​​​Shamsee Sanguinetti, patient of Dr. Arthur Bookman, reads to her grandson.​

​​"I don’t know how to best explain coping with Sjögren’s. Try to imagine eating with virtually no saliva. When you are normal, it’s very difficult to imagine someone else experiencing a totally different life.”​

Shamsee Sanguinetti is one of approximately 400,000 Canadians living with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s immune system to attack the glands that make moisture, including tears, saliva and mucous. It can cause seve​​re dry eyes, dry mouth and swollen salivary glands, as well as inflammation of the blood vessels, lungs and joints. Sjögren’s can also affect other organs in the body, leading to serious complications.