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Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Posted 2 days 21 hours ago by

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Depression in people with the chronic inflammatory skin disease psoriasis increases the risk of getting the joint condition known as psoriatic arthritis by about 37 percent, new research indicates. The finding raises concerns because depression is not uncommon in people with psoriasis, according to the authors of the study in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. "For many years, the rheumatology and dermatology communities have been trying to understand which patients with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis, and how we might detect it earlier in the disease course," senior investigator Dr. Cheryl Barnabe said in a journal news release. She is from the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary in Alberta. While the study found a connection between ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Major Depressive Disorder, Psoriasis, Dysthymia, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

FDA Approves Injectable Psoriasis Drug for Tough Cases

Posted 11 days ago by

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – A new drug to treat tough cases of the skin condition psoriasis has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Valeant Pharmaceuticals' injectable drug Siliq (brodalumab) was approved for adults with moderate-to-severe psoriasis that isn't responding to other recommended treatments. However, the drug carries a warning about increased risk for suicidal behavior. Psoriasis is characterized by raised patches of red skin and flaking. The condition usually begins between ages 15 and 35 and is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, meaning the body mistakenly attacks healthy cells. "Moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis can cause significant skin irritation and discomfort for patients, and today's approval provides patients with another treatment option for their psoriasis," said the FDA's Dr. Julie Beitz. Beitz is director of the Office of Drug ... Read more

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Got an Itch? Use These Tips for Relief -- and Don't Scratch

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Itchy skin is a common problem, but there are several ways to find relief, a dermatologist says. "There are many reasons for itchy skin," Dr. Hassan Galadari said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "It could be the result of a skin condition, such as eczema, shingles, hives or psoriasis, or it could be a sign of a contagious disease, like scabies or ringworm." To relieve itchy skin, Galadari offers these tips: Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the itchy area for five to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides. Or take an oatmeal bath. Use skin moisturizers that contain no additives, fragrances or perfumes. Apply topical anesthetics that contain pramoxine. Apply cooling agents such as menthol or calamine, or refrigerate your moisturizer to help achieve this cooling effect. Avoid scratching. It will irritate your skin and could lead to ... Read more

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Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis Symptoms, Study Finds

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by

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

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Health Tip: Caring for Psoriasis on Your Feet

Posted 4 Jan 2017 by

-- 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 30 Dec 2016 by

-- 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

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Can Protein in Common Skin Bacteria Offer Disease Protection?

Posted 23 Nov 2016 by

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

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

-- 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

-- 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

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

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

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

-- 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

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

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