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  1. How to Prevent Psoriasis Flare-Ups

    Anne Jeffres, 41, an acupuncturist in New York, was in the midst of a stressful time at work when she noticed her scalp flaking. Her fingers became sore. Her nails were brittle and pitted. The mild psoriasis she once had as a child had returned in full force. "The flare-up was bad enough that I lost

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  2. Psoriasis Treatment Choices Improving, FDA Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter 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

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  3. New Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise in Trials

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay 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

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  4. Steroids Often Wrongly Prescribed for Psoriasis

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter 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, i

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  5. Study Sees Link Between Psoriasis, Kidney Problems

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- People with moderate to severe psoriasis are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease and need to be closely monitored for kidney problems, a large new study suggests. Researchers in Philadelphia analyzed data from nearly 1

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  6. Treatment Options Expand for Psoriasis Patients

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For the legions of Americans living with the red, scaly patches of psoriasis, doctors have good news. "We are at a point where we can help almost anyone, and we can do it fairly safely," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl, who chairs the Na

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  7. Weight Loss Might Ease Psoriasis, Study Hints

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- People with psoriasis who lose weight could experience some relief from the symptoms of their chronic skin disease, according to a small new study. A clinical trial based in Denmark found that obese patients with psoriasis w

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  8. What Causes Psoriasis?

    Psoriasis turns your skin cells into Type A overachievers: They mature about five times faster than cells in normal skin. And unlike normal skin cells, which naturally slough off, these cells pile up on the skin's surface almost faster than snow on a snowdrift. Why does this happen? What makes these

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  9. How to Stay Upbeat When You Have Psoriasis

    Scaly psoriasis patches may make you self-conscious about how you look. Your emotional response could cut even deeper. Having psoriasis increases your risk of depression by nearly 40% -- more than 70% if your psoriasis is severe. So it’s important to take care of your emotional health as well as you

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  10. Summer Tips for Psoriasis

    Warm weather often spells relief from psoriasis. Sunlight helps reduce skin patches, and higher humidity improves dry skin. Yet spring and summer can also make you anxious about showing so much bare skin. Use these tips to make the most of balmy days when you have psoriasis.   Sunlight is the top re

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