Psoriasis Study Showing Increased Risk of Death Underscores Need for More Research, Group Says

KENSINGTON, Md., December 18, 2007 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Psoriasis Cure Now, a nonprofit patient advocacy group, responded to a startling new study showing an association between severe psoriasis and a significantly increased risk of death, by renewing calls for more psoriasis research. The study, by a team of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers, found patients with severe psoriasis have a 50 percent increased risk of mortality as compared to comparable people without psoriasis. In sum, the study found women with severe psoriasis died 4.4 years earlier than women without psoriasis, while men with severe psoriasis died an average of 3.5 years earlier than men without the disease.

"This disturbing new finding is further evidence of the need for psoriasis to receive its fair share of federal research funding," said Michael Paranzino, president of Psoriasis Cure Now. "Even as funding for research on other diseases has doubled, psoriasis research funding has been stagnant. This study should be a wake-up call for Congress that psoriasis research funding is not only about their constituents' health and quality of life but may literally be a life and death matter. One dollar per patient per year is not enough."

The study was just published in the December issue of the Archives of Dermatology. For more information, visit the Psoriasis Cure Now website at www.psoriasis-cure-now.org .

CONTACT: Michael Paranzino of Psoriasis Cure Now, +1-202-253-4863, michael@psoriasis-cure-now.org

Web site: http://www.psoriasis-cure-now.org/

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Posted: December 2007

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