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Ingredient in MS, Psoriasis Drugs Linked to Two Deadly Brain Infections

April 8, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An active ingredient in some psoriasis and multiple sclerosis medications has been linked to two cases of a rare and sometimes lethal brain infection.
The ingredient, dimethyl fumarate, appears to have contributed to the deaths of two European women. The women contracted progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or […]


‘Ground Zero’ Workers at Risk of Autoimmune Diseases: Study

March 19, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Recovery workers who toiled at the World Trade Center disaster site may face a heightened risk of rheumatoid arthritis and similar autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests.
The findings, reported online March 16 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, add to the list of potential health […]


FDA Approves New Psoriasis Drug

January 21, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new drug to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
People with plaque psoriasis, the most common form of the autoimmune skin disease, develop thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s […]


Psoriasis Costs Americans Up to $135 Billion Annually, Study Finds

January 7, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Psoriasis is more than just a troublesome skin condition for millions of Americans — it also causes up to $135 billion a year in direct and indirect costs, a new study shows.
According to data included in the study, about 3.2 percent of the U.S. population has the chronic […]


Psoriasis Tied to Raised Risk of Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

October 15, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with more severe cases of psoriasis may be at increased risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure, a large study finds.
Researchers looking at over 13,000 adults in the United Kingdom found that those with severe psoriasis were 48 percent more likely to have poorly controlled […]


Psoriasis Treatment Choices Improving, FDA Says

September 5, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A growing knowledge of the skin disease called psoriasis is leading to greater treatment choices, including personalized therapies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports.
Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that causes overproduction of skin cells, resulting in scaling, pain, swelling, redness and heat. The condition affects about […]


New Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise in Trials

July 9, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new psoriasis drug delivered dramatic results in two clinical trials, perhaps heralding an effective new treatment for patients with the chronic skin disease.
The drug, secukinumab, was stacked up against an inactive placebo and one of the best psoriasis medications on the market.
“Over a quarter […]


High Blood Pressure May Up Psoriasis Risk for Women

July 7, 2014

Women with high blood pressure may have an increased risk of developing the skin disease psoriasis, new research suggests.


Drug Shows Promise Against Arthritis Common in People with Psoriasis

June 11, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new drug called brodalumab appears to be effective in treating patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis, a study says.
Patients who responded to brodalumab had a significant improvement in their skin and reduction in the swelling of the fingers and toes, a condition called dactylitis that […]


Steroids Often Prescribed for Psoriasis, Countering Guidelines

February 28, 2014

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although corticosteroid pills are not recommended for the management of psoriasis, new research reveals these drugs are commonly prescribed by dermatologists treating this chronic skin condition.
Corticosteroids, including prednisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisolone, were the second most commonly prescribed systemic medications (not preparations applied to the skin) for psoriasis, according […]



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