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  1. Psoriasis May Raise Cardiovascular Risks

    June 15, 2009 -- People with psoriasis may need to pay close attention to their cardiovascular risks, a new study shows. The study, which appears in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, looked at more than 5,700 patients at the Miami VA Medical Center, including 3,236 psoriasis patients. The p

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  2. Me and My Psoriasis

    It's summer again, so while everyone else in Michigan, where I live, is shedding sweaters and jeans for tank tops and shorts, I'm looking for cover. This is a yearly ritual, poring over catalogs in search of a breezy, near-ankle-length skirt and chic little cardigan to hide my patchy skin. Those bol

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  3. Treat Psoriasis at Home: Ultraviolet Lamps

    May 7, 2009 -- Home treatment of the skin ailment psoriasis with ultraviolet light lamps is at least as safe and effective as conventional phototherapy at hospitals or clinics, according to new research. Ultraviolet B treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source. People fin

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  4. Psoriasis Linked to Hypertension, Diabetes

    April 20, 2009 -- Women who have the chronic skin condition psoriasis appear to be at higher risk of getting diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study shows. "We knew there was some association between psoriasis and diabetes and high blood pressure," says Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, assistant profes

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  5. Raptiva Pulled From Market

    April 8, 2009 - The psoriasis drug Raptiva has been voluntarily pulled from the market, drugmaker Genentech announced today. Raptiva suppresses the haywire immune responses that cause psoriasis. But this immune suppression sometimes allows a fatal infection, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopath

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  6. Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Tied to Brain Infection

    (Editor's note: On April 8, 2009, Genentech announced it was voluntarily pulling Raptiva from the market.) Feb. 19, 2009 -- The FDA today issued a public health advisory about reports of a rare brain infection in people using the psoriasis drug Raptiva. According to the FDA, there have been three co

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  7. Psoriasis Ointment Gets FDA Approval

    Feb. 3, 2009 -- A new psoriasis treatment, Vectical, is the first FDA-approved ointment containing calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D3. The FDA has approved Vectical for use by adults 18 and older with mild-to-moderate psoriasis. Studies in children are under way. There's still no cure for pso

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  8. Fat Hormone Linked to Psoriasis

    Dec. 15, 2008 - People with psoriasis may face a higher risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and other heart disease risk factors thanks to high levels of the so-called fat hormone leptin. A new study suggests that people with the common skin disease have higher levels of the hormone leptin, which r

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  9. Indigo Ointment Relieves Psoriasis

    Nov. 17, 2008 -- Psoriasis patients showed dramatic improvement after 12 weeks of treatment with an ointment containing indigo naturalis, a Chinese herbal remedy. The findings come from a study by Yin-Ku Lin, MD, of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and colleagues. For more than five y

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  10. Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Gets FDA Warning

    (Editor's note: On April 8, 2009, Genentech announced it was voluntarily pulling Raptiva from the market.) Oct. 16, 2008 -- The psoriasis drug Raptiva is getting a "black box" warning, the FDA's sternest warning, about the risk of life-threatening infections including a rare brain infection and meni

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