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Psoriasis Tied to Raised Risk of Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 – People with more severe cases of psoriasis may be at increased risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure, a large study finds. Researchers looking at over 13,000 adults in the United Kingdom found that those with severe psoriasis were 48 percent more likely to have poorly controlled blood pressure, versus people without the skin condition. The findings, reported online Oct. 15 in the journal JAMA Dermatology, confirm an association between psoriasis and cardiovascular health. But the precise reasons are not clear, and a cause-and-effect link was not proven. "We still don't fully understand why we see a higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in people with psoriasis," said study leader Dr. Junko Takeshita, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. But, Takeshita said, chronic inflammation could be a common ... Read more

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FDA Approves Otezla (apremilast) for Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis

Posted 23 Sep 2014 by

SUMMIT, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Celgene Corporation today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Otezla (apremilast), the Company's oral, selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4), for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis for whom phototherapy or systemic therapy is appropriate. Otezla is the first and only PDE4 inhibitor approved for the treatment of plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin resulting from an uncontrolled immune response, affects more than 125 million people worldwide. "Otezla offers an important new treatment option for patients whose symptoms are not adequately improving with their current treatments. In clinical trials, Otezla reduced redness, thickness, and scaliness of plaques in patients with moderate or severe plaque psoriasis," said Dr. M. Shane Chapman, ... Read more

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Psoriasis Treatment Choices Improving, FDA Says

Posted 5 Sep 2014 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 – A growing knowledge of the skin disease called psoriasis is leading to greater treatment choices, including personalized therapies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that causes overproduction of skin cells, resulting in scaling, pain, swelling, redness and heat. The condition affects about 7.5 million Americans. "As we better understand the disease, researchers know more about what specific factors to target in order to develop effective treatments," FDA dermatologist Dr. Melinda McCord said in an agency news release. There is no cure for psoriasis, so the main goals of treatments are to stop skin cell overproduction and reduce inflammation. Current therapies include medicines applied to the skin (topical), light treatment (phototherapy), or drugs taken by mouth or given by injection. Doctors used to take a ... Read more

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FDA Approves Rasuvo (methotrexate) Injection

Posted 14 Jul 2014 by

Chicago, IL, July 14, 2014 – Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. Rasuvo will be available in 10 dosage strengths, ranging from 7.5 mg to 30 mg in 2.5 mg increments and will be launched in the U.S. The company concurrently announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Antares Pharma, Inc. “We’re delighted to have secured approval for our lead product, Rasuvo, and look forward to introducing this much-needed therapy to the ma ... Read more

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New Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise in Trials

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 – A new psoriasis drug delivered dramatic results in two clinical trials, perhaps heralding an effective new treatment for patients with the chronic skin disease. The drug, secukinumab, was stacked up against an inactive placebo and one of the best psoriasis medications on the market. "Over a quarter of patients have not a dot of psoriasis left," said study co-author Dr. Mark Lebwohl, chairman of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "Over half the patients have a 90 percent improvement in their psoriasis, and that means there's hardly any psoriasis left. This kind of data is better than anything we've seen in the past," he added. The study results were published online July 9 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Psoriasis causes overproduction of skin cells, which results in thick red marks and flaky white lesions that ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure May Up Psoriasis Risk for Women

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 – Women with high blood pressure may have an increased risk of developing the skin disease psoriasis, new research suggests. Taking blood pressure medications called beta-blockers also raises the risk for psoriasis, according to the study that followed nearly 78,000 women for more than a decade. Psoriasis, which affects about 3 percent of the U.S. population, is a chronic immune system disorder that causes red, raised patches on the skin. Previous research has linked psoriasis with diabetes, heart disease and depression. "We basically found those who have high blood pressure of a certain duration – more than six years in this study – have an increased risk of developing psoriasis," said study researcher Dr. Abrar Qureshi, professor of dermatology at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, R.I. After six years, their risk for ... Read more

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Steroids Often Prescribed for Psoriasis, Countering Guidelines

Posted 28 Feb 2014 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 – Although corticosteroid pills are not recommended for the management of psoriasis, new research reveals these drugs are commonly prescribed by dermatologists treating this chronic skin condition. Corticosteroids, including prednisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisolone, were the second most commonly prescribed systemic medications (not preparations applied to the skin) for psoriasis, according to a study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "Expert guidelines discourage their use for psoriasis due to concerns about causing flares of generalized pustular psoriasis, but there are no randomized controlled trials of systemic corticosteroids in psoriasis to look at these issues," study co-author Scott Davis, assistant director of the Center for Dermatology Research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a Wake Forest news release. In conducting the ... Read more

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Study Sees Link Between Psoriasis, Kidney Problems

Posted 16 Oct 2013 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 – People with moderate to severe psoriasis are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease and need to be closely monitored for kidney problems, a large new study suggests. Researchers in Philadelphia analyzed data from nearly 144,000 people, aged 19 to 90, with psoriasis, and a comparison (control) group of nearly 690,000 adults without the condition. During seven years of follow-up, people with psoriasis were more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those in the control group. Those with severe psoriasis had a nearly two-fold higher risk of developing kidney disease and a more than fourfold higher risk of developing kidney failure requiring dialysis, according to a journal news release Further investigation that focused on the amount of skin area affected by psoriasis showed that people with moderate to severe psoriasis were at greater risk of developing ... Read more

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Otrexup (Methotrexate) Injection Approved By FDA

Posted 15 Oct 2013 by

EWING, N.J., October 14, 2013 — Antares Pharma, Inc. today announced the approval of Otrexup (methotrexate) injection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Otrexup is the first FDA approved subcutaneous (SC) methotrexate (MTX) for once weekly self-administration with an easy-to-use, single dose, disposable auto injector. Otrexup is indicated for adults with severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an insufficient therapeutic response to or are intolerant of an adequate trial of first line therapy including full dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), or children with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA). The FDA also approved adult use of Otrexup for symptomatic control of severe recalcitrant, disabling psoriasis that is not adequately responsive to other forms of therapy. In 2012, approximately six million prescriptions were w ... Read more

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Skin Care Tips for Psoriasis Patients

Posted 23 Aug 2013 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 23 – Sun protection is among the skin care habits that can help people with the chronic skin condition psoriasis reduce some of the discomfort they may experience, such as skin itching, cracking and bleeding, an expert says. "It's extremely important for people with psoriasis to protect their skin from excessive sun," Dr. Stephen Stone, a professor of dermatology and director of clinical research at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Being exposed to the sun for too long can worsen existing psoriasis and cause new psoriasis to form." Psoriasis causes red, scaly patches on the skin of the scalp, elbows or other parts of the body. The condition is believed to be caused by an interaction of genes, the immune system and the environment. Along with emphasizing sun protection, Stone offered other tips to ... Read more

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Many Psoriasis Patients Going Without Treatment, Study Finds

Posted 14 Aug 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 – The autoimmune skin disorder known as psoriasis affects millions of Americans, but a new study suggests it remains woefully undertreated. In 2011, between 30 percent and nearly 50 percent of patients said they had no treatment for their psoriasis, depending on the severity of their disease. One expert unconnected to the study said he wasn't surprised by the findings. "Dermatologists, especially those that specialize in caring for patients with psoriasis, are well aware of the fact that many patients are untreated or undertreated," said Dr. Gary Goldenberg, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. "This is especially concerning for those patients with moderate to severe disease and those with psoriatic arthritis, which affects approximately 30 percent of patients with psoriasis." Psoriasis is an immune ... Read more

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Psoriasis, Other Medical Conditions May Be Linked, Study Says

Posted 7 Aug 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 – People with the skin disease psoriasis may be at increased risk for other major health problems, according to a new study. The link between psoriasis, which is characterized by irritated, red patches of skin, and other medical conditions has been unclear. In this study, published online Aug. 7 in the journal JAMA Dermatology, researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 British psoriasis patients, aged 25 to 64. They compared them with more than 90,000 age-matched people without psoriasis. Among the psoriasis patients, the disease was mild in nearly 52 percent, moderate in nearly 36 percent and severe in about 12 percent. The analysis revealed that people with psoriasis had higher rates of chronic lung disease, diabetes, mild liver disease, heart attack, peptic ulcer, peripheral vascular disease, kidney disease and rheumatologic disease. The risk of having these ... Read more

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Weight Loss Might Ease Psoriasis, Study Hints

Posted 29 May 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, May 29 – People with psoriasis who lose weight could experience some relief from the symptoms of their chronic skin disease, according to a small new study. A clinical trial based in Denmark found that obese patients with psoriasis who lost weight through a low-calorie diet experienced a significant improvement in their quality of life, compared to obese psoriasis patients who didn't lose weight. The patients in the weight-loss group reported less stinging and burning, were less likely to be embarrassed by unsightly lesions, and found that their condition affected their everyday life less often, said Dr. Peter Jensen, of the Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, and colleagues. "Our results emphasize the importance of weight loss as part of a multimodal treatment approach to effectively treat both the skin condition and its [related medical] conditions in overweight ... Read more

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Salty Diet Might Help Trigger MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 6 Mar 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, March 6 – Eating lots of foods loaded with salt may do more than raise your blood pressure: Researchers report that it could also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, where the body's immune system mistakenly mounts an attack upon some part of the body. Three new studies suggest salt may be a prime suspect in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine). A significant increase in the incidence of autoimmune diseases, especially multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, suggests that environmental factors, and not genetics, may explain the trend, the researchers noted. "The diet does affect the autoimmune system in ways that have not been previously recognized," said senior study author Dr. David Hafler, a professor of neurology and immunobiology at ... Read more

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Kids With Psoriasis More Likely to Be Overweight: Study

Posted 19 Nov 2012 by

MONDAY, Nov. 19 – Children who have the skin condition psoriasis are about twice as likely to be either overweight or obese as kids without the skin problem, according to new research that looked at children from nine countries. When researchers looked at just obesity, they found those with the skin condition were four times as likely to be obese, said Dr. Amy Paller, a professor and chair of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who led the study. It is published online Nov. 19 in the Archives of Dermatology. U.S. children with severe psoriasis were seven times as likely to be obese as children without the skin condition. "Pediatric psoriasis is a little bit of an orphan," Paller said. "It's very little studied." She decided to take a closer look, especially because much research has shown that adults with psoriasis are often overweight. Experts have ... Read more

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