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Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis Symptoms, Study Finds

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – Could weight loss combat psoriasis? Danish researchers are reporting that obese people with the skin condition who lose 10 percent to 15 percent of their weight may see significant and lasting improvement in their symptoms. The study participants lost an average of 33 pounds over 16 weeks. A year later, those who were still about 22 pounds below their weight from the start of the study maintained their improvements in psoriasis symptoms and quality of life, the study authors said. "Psoriasis is more than just a skin condition," said Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Increased weight can stress the heart and other organs, and that stress can trigger psoriasis, she said. "We know that weight and psoriasis together and independently increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease and diabetes. Psoriasis is an ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Health Tip: Caring for Psoriasis on Your Feet

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Psoriasis causes red, scaly, itchy plaques on the skin, including the feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these ways to soothe it: Moisturize your feet regularly. Choose a moisturizer that's hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Soak feet in an oatmeal bath. Ask your doctor about special light therapy. Avoid psoriasis triggers, such as alcohol and exposure to dry air. See a podiatrist if your foot psoriasis doesn't improve. Read more

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Health Tip: Caring for Psoriasis During Winter

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Caring for psoriasis is a challenge during winter, when everyone's skin tends to become dry and itchy. The National Psoriasis Foundation says you should use products that: Are free of fragrance. Do not contain alcohol. Are made for sensitive skin. Do not aggravate skin. Products marked "natural" can still be irritating. Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis

Can Protein in Common Skin Bacteria Offer Disease Protection?

Posted 23 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – Our most common skin bacteria may help shield us from some skin diseases, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers report that Propionibacterium acnes secretes a protein called RoxP that protects against bacteria that are believed to contribute to several skin disorders. Specifically, RoxP protects against skin cell damage called oxidative stress caused by reactive oxygen bacteria. UV radiation from the sun is a common cause of oxidative stress on the skin. Oxidative stress is believed to contribute to several skin diseases, including eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer. The protective effect of RoxP is as strong as antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, according to the study published recently in the journal Scientific Reports. "This protein is important for the bacterium's very survival on our skin. The bacterium improves its living environment by secreting ... Read more

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FDA Approves Expanded Use of Enbrel (etanercept) to Treat Children with Chronic Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for the expanded use of Enbrel (etanercept), making it the first and only systemic therapy to treat pediatric patients (ages 4-17) with chronic moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. "As many parents of children with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis can tell you, there is a need for FDA approved systemic therapies in the pediatric setting. Until now, no biologics — which are effective in treating adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis — had been approved in the U.S. for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in children," said Randy Beranek, president and chief executive officer of the National Psoriasis Foundation. "This new approval is an important dev ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Psoriatic Arthritis Fatigue in Check

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Fatigue is a common problem for people with psoriatic arthritis. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, some studies indicate that half of all psoriatic arthritis patients have moderate-to-severe fatigue. The Foundation suggests: Exercise regularly to help ease pain and boost energy. Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet. Get plenty of sleep. If you have a sleep disorder, seek treatment. Prioritize your to-dos, and pace yourself throughout the week. Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Health Tip: Manage Psoriasis

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Managing psoriasis means learning all you can about the condition, the American Academy of Dermatology says. The group suggests: Learn as much as you can about psoriasis, including how best to treat it and potential triggers to avoid. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid smoking and drinking. Understand your risk of developing psoriatic arthritis, and alert your doctor to the first signs of joint stiffness or discomfort. Check your fingernails for signs of psoriatic arthritis, which may include separation, pitting and discoloration. Read more

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FDA Approves Amjevita (adalimumab-atto), a Biosimilar to Humira

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

September 23, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Amjevita (adalimumab-atto) as a biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab) for multiple inflammatory diseases. Amjevita is approved for the following indications in adult patients: moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis; active psoriatic arthritis; active ankylosing spondylitis (an arthritis that affects the spine); moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease; moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis; and moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Amjevita is also indicated for moderately to severely active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in patients four years of age and older. Health care professionals should review the prescribing information in the labeling for detailed information about the approved uses. “This is the fourth FDA-approved biosimilar. The biosimilar pathway is still a new fr ... Read more

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Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Generic biologic drugs are similarly effective to brand-name counterparts in treating rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis, a new study says. Biologics are medications made from living cells. They are complicated to manufacturer and companies that make brand-name versions say cheaper generic versions aren't interchangeable with their products. The patents of many brand-name biologics are expiring and the use of generic versions (called biosimilars) could save patients and the healthcare system significant amounts of money, the Johns Hopkins University researchers noted. "The billion-dollar question has been whether these 'generic biologics' are the same as the brand-name versions," study leader Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, said in a university news release. "The same debate occurred with the advent of less complicated generic drugs and now ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Treating the skin disease psoriasis might reduce your risk for other health problems as well, a dermatology expert says. About 7.5 million people in the United States have the chronic skin disease. The inflammatory effects of psoriasis can affect the entire body, said Dr. Jashin Wu, director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "People with psoriasis, particularly those with more severe disease, have an increased risk for a variety of other health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack," he said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Psoriasis is characterized by red, raised patches of skin, or plaques, covered with silvery-white scales. It's also marked by itching, burning or soreness of the skin. It is not contagious. "Psoriasis patients, even those ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Scalp Psoriasis

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If dry, itchy scalp psoriasis is bothering you, there are things you can do to help bring it under control. The American Academy of Dermatology advises: Avoid scratching your scalp. Treat the psoriasis to minimize the itching. Be gentle when shampooing your hair; don't rub or scrub. Gently remove scales from the scalp, taking care not to pick them off. Talk to your dermatologist about a skin softener. Find healthy ways to manage stress. Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis

New Psoriasis Drug Works Longer Term, Too

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 – A new drug that has shown "unprecedented" effects on the skin condition psoriasis seems to work well in the longer term, too, researchers report. The drug, called ixekizumab (Taltz), was approved in March by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That came after initial trials showed that over 12 weeks, the drug soundly beat standard medication for moderate-to-severe psoriasis. The new findings show the benefits are still there after 60 weeks. At that point, about 80 percent of patients were seeing at least a 75 percent improvement in their skin symptoms, the researchers said. So far, ixekizumab has shown "unprecedented efficacy" against more severe cases of psoriasis, said Dr. Joel Gelfand, a dermatologist who wasn't involved in the research. The drug, given by injection, targets an inflammatory protein called IL-17, said Gelfand, who directs the Psoriasis ... Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Taltz, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Psoriasis Tied to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – The chronic skin disease psoriasis may be linked to excess weight and type 2 diabetes, results of a new study suggest. Danish researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes had more than 50 percent greater odds of having psoriasis compared to people without diabetes. The study also found that the rate of psoriasis went up with increasing weight. For example, obese people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 had almost double the odds of psoriasis than normal weight people did. BMI is a body fat measurement based on height and weight. A BMI of 30 or over is considered obese. Exactly how these conditions might be connected isn't clear, but the study authors suggested that genetics, smoking, drinking alcohol, or inflammation might play a role. "Psoriasis is a complex disorder," said lead researcher Dr. Ann Sophie Lonnberg, of the University of Copenhagen. ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Psoriasis May Raise Risk for Aneurysms in Abdomen: Study

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 – Psoriasis patients may face a higher risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, though the overall odds of experiencing this potentially deadly blood vessel rupture are small, new research shows. The Danish scientists also found that the more severe the psoriasis – a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by scaly, red patches of skin – the more likely a person will develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm. They believe the two conditions share overlapping inflammatory processes in the body. "The association between [abdominal aortic aneurysm] and psoriasis has not been examined before, but we are not surprised by seeing a heightened risk in our study," said lead researcher Dr. Usman Khalid, a fellow in the department of cardiology at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Hellerup, Denmark. "Our results add to the evidence that there is an increased risk of various ... Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Aortic Aneurysm

Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its second-ever "biosimilar" drug, Inflectra, for adults with Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis or chronic plaque psoriasis, among other prescribed uses. In a media release, the agency said Inflectra was biosimilar to Janssen Biotech's Remicade (infliximab), first licensed in 1998. A biosimilar drug is sanctioned based on its maker's ability to show that it is "highly similar" to an already-approved biological drug that is generally derived from a living organism, such as a person, animal, microorganism or yeast, the FDA said. The maker of a biosimilar drug also must prove that the product has no "clinically meaningful difference" in safety and effectiveness from the original drug, and that the newer product has only "minor differences in clinically inactive components" from the original. Inflectra's most ... Read more

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