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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Psoriasis Linked to Diabetes

    Aug. 29, 2012 (Munich, Germany) -- The chronic skin disorder psoriasis may raise the risk of diabetes, a large study shows. The risk is highest -- about two-fold higher -- in patients with the most severe psoriasis, says researcher Ole Ahlehoff, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Copen

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  4. Some Psoriasis Therapies May Cut Heart Attack Risk

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- People with psoriasis, known to be at higher risk of heart attack, had a lower risk when treated with drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, such as Enbrel, Humira or Remicade, compared to medicines applied to the skin, according to new research.  Those on oral medic

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  5. Vigorous Exercise Might Protect Against Psoriasis

    May 24, 2012 -- Here's yet another reason to exercise: A new study suggests that vigorous physical activity could reduce the risk of psoriasis. The findings come out of the long-running Nurses' Health Study, which includes only women, but previous research suggests that exercise may also protect men

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  6. Biologic Treatments May Ease Psoriasis

    March 28, 2012 -- Two experimental biologic treatments may help treat psoriasis, researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine. The biologics are called brodalumab and ixekizumab. They're both given by injection and target the same inflammation-promoting protein, interleukin-17. In trial

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  7. Experimental Drug May Help Treat Psoriasis

    Oct. 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called briakinumab appears to be more effective than a standard medication for treating psoriasis, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It included psoriasis patients who were assigned to get monthly injections of bri

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  8. Psoriasis: When Should You Consider a Biologic?

    When you have psoriasis, often you and your doctor will try a few treatments before finding one that really clears your skin. If you've already tried a few medicines and nothing has worked, your doctor may recommend a biologic drug. Other drugs you may have taken are made from plants or chemicals. B

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  9. Psoriasis and Exercise: The Game Changer

    Want to pick up the pace of your psoriasis management? You may have heard that exercise can help. But maybe you're concerned you'll trigger a flare-up. Or perhaps you’re uncomfortable exercising in public. Here, two psoriasis experts explain why exercise is your friend in your quest to improve your

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  10. When Your Psoriasis Treatment Isn't Working

    To describe his battle against psoriasis, Alan Eisenberg likes to quote John Paul Jones, the famed Revolutionary War mariner: “I have not yet begun to fight.” For six years, the Portland, Ore., resident has been trying treatments for his skin condition. Methotrexate helped his nails, but didn’t cure

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