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    1. Stelara Beats Enbrel in Psoriasis Study

      Jan. 13, 2010 -- A recently approved drug, Stelara, is more effective than a more established drug, Enbrel, in treating moderate to severe psoriasis, according to a new study. The findings, reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, may help patients whose extensive psoriasis is not

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    2. FDA OKs New Psoriasis Drug Stelara

      Sept. 25, 2009 -- The FDA today approved a new biologic drug called Stelara for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults. Plaque psoriasis is an immune system disorder that results in the rapid overproduction of skin cells. According to the FDA, about 6 million people in the U.

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    3. Brain Can Cope With Emotions of Psoriasis

      Aug. 27, 2009 -- Psoriasis can lead to physical scars, but the emotional scars from the skin disease can run deeper. The thick, red, scaly skin lesions that characterize the condition often influence how people with psoriasis feel about themselves and how others see them. Now new early research sugg

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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