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Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com
THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 – The rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis leaves those affected with red, scaly skin. Now, scientists say they may have pinpointed both the cause of the disease and a potential treatment. "These patients are tremendously disfigured by this skin disease," explained lead researcher Dr. Amy Paller, an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. "It can be painful, itchy and easily gets infected. They may have trouble using their hands and walking," she said in a hospital news release. The disorder has long baffled scientists, Paller said. However, her team's research may have identified the underlying cause of ichthyosis, and it's similar to what drives a far more common skin condition – psoriasis. Paller and her team discovered that a part of the immune system, known as the Th17 pathway, is overly active in people with ... Read more