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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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 diabetes diabetes . This is the first study to show this," Joel M. Gelfand, MD, tells WebMD. Gel

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