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Psoriasis Health Center

News Related to Psoriasis

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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 w

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  10. 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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