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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. New Skin Cream Approved for Psoriasis

    Jan. 13, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the first skin cream to combine two popular psoriasis therapies in a single, once-a-day treatment. More than 4.5 million people suffer from psoriasis, which is a chronic skin disease that can cause patches of itchy, scaly, and inflamed skin. It is not a contagio

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  9. Smoking May Make Psoriasis Worse

    Dec. 19, 2005 - Heavy smokers may be putting their skin at risk. A new study shows people who smoked more than a pack of cigarettes per day were twice as likely to have severe psoriasis as those who smoked 10 cigarettes or less per day. Researchers say the results suggest that cigarette smoking may

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  10. Drug May Cut Psoriasis Depression

    Dec. 15, 2005 -- Enbrel, a drug approved to treat rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, might also help psoriasis patients mentally and physically. The finding, published in The Lancet, comes from a study of 618 people with moderate to severe psoriasis. The study's main goal was to test Enbrel as a ps

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