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‘Designer Cells’ Show Promise Against Psoriasis in Lab Mice

December 16, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’ve engineered cells capable of automatically detecting and treating psoriasis flare-ups in lab mice — in an early step toward a “precision” therapy for the chronic skin disease.
Experts said they were “excited” by the findings, reported Dec. 16 in the journal Science Translational […]

Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

November 25, 2015

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests.
Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study […]

Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

October 9, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Psoriasis and cold sores top the list of stigmatized skin conditions, a new survey indicates, but experts say much of the ill will directed at sufferers is misguided.
Surveying 56 people, Boston researchers found that nearly 61 percent wrongly thought psoriasis — which produces widespread, scaly […]

Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds

October 8, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The skin disorder psoriasis appears linked with artery inflammation, raising the odds for heart disease, a new study says.
“As the amount of psoriasis increases, the amount of blood vessel inflammation increases,” said senior investigator Dr. Nehal Mehta, a clinical investigator with the U.S. National Heart, […]

This Skin Condition Is Often Linked to Depression

October 1, 2015

Regardless of severity, patients with the often disfiguring skin condition psoriasis face an elevated risk for depression, new research suggests.

2 Experimental Drugs Offer Hope Against Psoriasis: Studies

September 30, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two experimental drugs show promise in treating psoriasis and a related condition, psoriatic arthritis, new studies report.
The drugs, brodalumab and secukinumab (Cosentyx), represent a new approach to treatment, said Michael Siegel, director of research programs at the National Psoriasis Foundation.
“These studies show how targeting […]

The Strange Link Between Psoriasis and Depression

August 21, 2015

People with psoriasis may be twice as likely to experience depression as those without the common skin condition, regardless of its severity, a new study suggests.

Experimental Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise

July 8, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Preliminary trial results suggest that an experimental psoriasis drug may control the chronic skin disease better than the current standard treatment.
The drug, guselkumab, was compared to the commonly used medication adalimumab (Humira, Enbrel) in a study involving nearly 300 patients with plaque psoriasis.
Up to 86 […]

New Drug Shows Promise Against Psoriasis

June 16, 2015

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many patients with the skin disease psoriasis showed significant improvement when taking an experimental drug called ixekizumab, according to a late-stage, phase 3 clinical trial.
“The visible effects of psoriasis can have a major and life-ruining impact on people’s confidence and self-esteem,” study leader Chris Griffiths, a professor of […]

Injuries Up Risk of Psoriatic Arthritis for People With Psoriasis

June 12, 2015

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Injuries increase the risk of psoriatic arthritis in people who have psoriasis, a new study suggests.
Psoriatic arthritis — chronic arthritis associated with the skin condition psoriasis — can lead to severe, disabling joint damage. About 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, according to the researchers.
The […]


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