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Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Posted 2 days 3 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 10 days ago by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Methotrexate, Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Soriatane, Dovonex, Tazorac, Taclonex, Oxsoralen, Acitretin, Tazarotene, Calcipotriene, Resorcinol, Anthralin, Enstilar, Vectical, Methoxsalen, Taclonex Scalp, Oxsoralen-Ultra, Drithocreme, Methotrexate LPF Sodium

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

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Herpes Zoster, Psoriasis, Eczema, Scabies, Plaque Psoriasis, Calamine, Varicella-Zoster, Menthol, Pramoxine, Anusol, Calmoseptine, Biofreeze, Caladryl, Hydrocortisone/Pramoxine, Terocin, Sarna, Caladryl Clear, Dendracin, Analpram-HC

Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis Symptoms, Study Finds

Posted 5 Jan 2017 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 4 Jan 2017 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

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Dovonex, Tazorac, Taclonex, Oxsoralen, Calcipotriene, Tazarotene, Resorcinol, Enstilar, Vectical, Foot Care, Anthralin, Taclonex Scalp, Dritho-Scalp, Psoriatec, Drithocreme, Avage, Dovobet, Clobetasol/coal Tar

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

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

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Heart Attack, Psoriasis, Inflammatory Conditions, Insulin Resistance, Plaque Psoriasis, Pre-Diabetes, Myocardial Infarction, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

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: Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Safe Treatments Available for Expectant Moms' Skin Conditions

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – There are a number of safe and effective ways to treat chronic skin conditions in pregnant women, a dermatologist says. "If there is a way to manage your skin condition without medication during pregnancy, that is the preferred option," said Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. "If you have a condition that does require medication, however, a board-certified dermatologist can help you identify a treatment that's safe for both you and your baby," she added in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. The release was timed to coincide with the academy's annual meeting, which starts Friday in Washington, D.C. Eczema is the most common rash dermatologists see in pregnancy, Murase said. "Expectant mothers often see their existing eczema get worse or have a flare for the first ... Read more

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New Drug for Severe Form of Arthritis Shows Promise in Trial

Posted 24 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 – A drug recently approved for the skin condition psoriasis may also help people with a debilitating form of arthritis that attacks the spine, a new clinical trial finds. The condition, called ankylosing spondylitis, causes inflammation around the vertebrae, which can lead to chronic pain and stiffness in the back and neck – and, in some people, eventually cause some vertebrae to fuse into an immobile position. In the new trial, researchers found that a drug called secukinumab (Cosentyx) helped control symptoms in 61 percent of spondylitis patients who were given the highest dose. Experts said the results, published Dec. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine, could open up a new option for managing spondylitis. And new options are needed, said Dr. Scott Zashin, a fellow with the American College of Rheumatology who was not involved in the study. ... Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Plaque Psoriasis, Cosentyx, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – The skin disorder psoriasis appears linked with artery inflammation, raising the odds for heart disease, a new study says. "As the amount of psoriasis increases, the amount of blood vessel inflammation increases," said senior investigator Dr. Nehal Mehta, a clinical investigator with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His team also found that even mild psoriasis may indicate an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Just one psoriasis skin patch, or plaque, "might be biologically active, causing low-grade inflammation and starting a cascade, speeding up their blood vessel disease," Mehta said. "People really should know that psoriasis is not just a cosmetic disease," he added. However, these study findings only show an association between psoriasis and blood vessel inflammation, not a direct cause-and-effect relationship, Mehta said. His ... Read more

Related support groups: Methotrexate, Psoriasis, Inflammatory Conditions, Plaque Psoriasis, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Soriatane, Tazorac, Dovonex, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Taclonex, Oxsoralen, Acitretin, Resorcinol, Calcipotriene, Tazarotene, Acute Coronary Syndrome - Prophylaxis, Anthralin, Vectical, Dritho-Scalp, Psoriatec

Psoriasis, Depression Often Go Hand in Hand: Study

Posted 1 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 – Regardless of severity, patients with the often disfiguring skin condition psoriasis face an elevated risk for depression, new research suggests. The depression risk may be driven more by concerns about appearance than by the actual status of the skin, said study author Dr. Roger Ho, an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. "One small area of [psoriasis] involvement might mean a lot more to one person than an area three times the size for another person," said Ho. "I think the location of skin lesions, such as lesions in a more visible area or lesions in an area that impairs daily functioning, might play a bigger role." Between 2 percent and 4 percent of North Americans have psoriasis, Ho said. The autoimmune disorder causes red, raised patches of skin covered with silvery-white scales. These patches ... Read more

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

2 Experimental Drugs Offer Hope Against Psoriasis: Studies

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Two experimental drugs show promise in treating psoriasis and a related condition, psoriatic arthritis, new studies report. The drugs, brodalumab and secukinumab (Cosentyx), represent a new approach to treatment, said Michael Siegel, director of research programs at the National Psoriasis Foundation. "These studies show how targeting parts of the immune system can have great effects, and that's really exciting for our patients," said Siegel, who wasn't involved in the research. Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune condition, causes raised red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. These patches usually appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, face, lower back, hands and feet. Psoriatic arthritis is a form of the disease that includes joint pain, stiffness and swelling. The study findings appear in the Oct. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. In one ... Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Plaque Psoriasis, Cosentyx, Secukinumab, Psoriatic Arthropathy

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