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  1. As Cool Winds Blow, Psoriasis Flares

    As the hot, humid days of summer give way to cool autumn breezes, most folks breathe a sigh of relief. But this may not be the case if you suffer from psoriasis -- a chronic condition affecting the skin and joints of upwards of 4.5 million adults, as well as many children. Indeed, as fall ushers in

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  2. Psoriasis May Improve During Pregnancy

    May 16, 2005 -- A new study suggests psoriasis tends to improve during pregnancy and the relief is linked to an increase in estrogen levels. "The number of patients with psoriasis who improve in pregnancy is double the number of patients who worsen in pregnancy," Jenny E. Murase, MD, and colleagues

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  3. Potential Target for Treating Psoriasis Found

    Dec. 13, 2004 -- The key to stopping the skin disease psoriasis may be a molecule called Stat3 --a potential new target for psoriasis treatment. Stat3 is found in most human skin cells that make up psoriasis patches, say scientists including Shigetoshi Sano of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson C

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  4. Humira Improves Life With Psoriasis

    Aug. 4, 2004 -- Three months ago, the rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel became the first drug of its kind to win FDA approval for the treatment of psoriasis. Now, early research suggests that the similarly acting arthritis drug Humira is also highly effective in treating the debilitating skin conditi

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  5. FDA Approves Enbrel for Psoriasis

    May 3, 2004 -- Enbrel now joins Amevive and Raptiva as one of the first biologic drugs to be approved for the treatment of psoriasis.   The FDA approved Enbrel on April 30 for the treatment of adults 18 and older with chronic, moderate to severe psoriasis. Psoriasis is an incurable skin condition in

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  6. Psoriasis Takes Toll on Mind as Well as Skin

    Feb. 9, 2004 -- The pain people with psoriasis feel is more than skin deep. New research shows that many people with the skin condition suffer from emotional pain that outweighs the physical aspects of the disease. For example, three-fourths of people with severe psoriasis and about half of people w

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  7. 2 New Drugs Relieve Psoriasis Itch, Scaling

    Dec. 16, 2003 -- Two new psoriasis treatments look promising, helping relieve pain, itch, and frequency of scaling. Studies of the two news psoriasis treatments -- Amevive and Raptiva -- show both drugs provided significant relief of psoriasis symptoms and disease. Both drugs target immune system ce

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  8. New Psoriasis Treatments Work

    Nov. 19, 2003 -- Not so long ago, psoriasis sufferers had few options. Now three already-available drugs offer relief from the agonizing skin disease. The new drugs are Enbrel, Raptiva, and Amevive. All are "biological" drugs -- they use recent scientific breakthroughs to target specific body functi

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  9. Raptiva Approved for Psoriasis Treatment

    Oct. 28, 2003 -- Raptiva is the newest drug to gain FDA approval for chronic moderate to severe psoriasis. It's the second so-called biologic agent to treat the autoimmune problems at the heart of psoriasis. Raptiva -- generic name, efalizumab -- is a designer antibody. It's designed to throw a monk

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  10. Psoriasis Treatments Face Off

    Aug. 13, 2003 -- Two common drugs used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis are likely to produce similar results in people who suffer from the skin disorder, according to a new study. But researchers say although the psoriasis treatments, methotrexate and cyclosporine, are equally effective, each

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