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  1. New Psoriasis Drug Passes Hurdle

    April 17, 2008 -- A novel immune-suppressing drug appears to effectively treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, according to a new report published in The Lancet. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects about 7.5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of

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  2. Psoriasis: 7 New Genetic Clues

    April 3, 2008 -- Scientists have discovered seven genetic variations linked to psoriasis. If confirmed in other studies, those gene variants may make good targets for new psoriasis drugs, note the researchers, who included Anne Bowcock, PhD, genetics professor at Washington University School of Medi

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  3. Enbrel Works for Kids With Psoriasis

    Jan. 16, 2008 -- The itchy, red, and silvery skin patches that are the hallmark of psoriasis were constant companions for Maria Anichini from the age of 6. At times they covered almost every inch of her body, causing her to choose long sleeves and pants even in the broiling heat of summer so people

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  4. Severe Psoriasis May Up Risk of Death

    Dec. 17, 2007 -- Psoriasis is not generally thought of as life-threatening, but it just might be for those with the severest forms of the disease. People with severe psoriasis had a 50% increased risk of death compared with people without the inflammatory skin disease in a newly reported study. Men

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  5. Smoking May Raise Psoriasis Risk

    Oct. 29, 2007 -- Smoking not only takes its toll on your body from the inside, but a new study shows it also affects how your skin looks and feels on the outside. Researchers found that smoking increases the risk of psoriasis, which causes symptoms such as inflammation, redness, itching, and scaling

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  6. Long-Term Psoriasis Relief With Enbrel

    June 18, 2007 -The psoriasis-easing effect of Enbrel, a drug that dampens inflammatory immune responses, lasts for at least two years, a large-scale clinical trial shows. Enbrel acts like a very specific sponge that soaks up only one thing: a chemical messenger called tumor necrosis factor or TNF. T

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  7. Summertime Solutions for Psoriasis

    One glance at the thermometer and there's no getting around it -- summer is here! And while scorching temperatures and high humidity can put a damper on summer fun for some, for psoriasis patients the hot, moist weather may be just what the doctor ordered! "In general, people with psoriasis do bette

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  8. Psoriasis May Up Risk of Heart Attack

    Oct. 10, 2006 -- Psoriasis -- a chronic skin condition that affects 2%-3% of adults -- may also be a risk factor for heart attack. "In patients under age 50 with severe disease, the risk is comparable to diabetesdiabetes. This is the first study to show this," Joel M. Gelfand, MD, tells WebMD. Gelfa

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  9. Psoriasis Phototherapy: UVA Beats UVB

    July 18, 2006 -- PUVA, an older treatment that uses ultraviolet A light (UVA), works better than a safer, more convenient one using UVB, or ultraviolet B light, in clearing psoriasis psoriasis outbreaks. By itself, ultraviolet A light doesn't do much for psoriasis. That's where the "P" in PUVA comes

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  10. Gene May Help Solve Psoriasis Mystery

    March 17, 2006 -- A common genetic variation in an immune system gene may help explain why some people are more likely to develop psoriasis than others. Researchers say it's the first gene to be linked to the skin disease, and the discovery could lead to more effective treatments for psoriasis with

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