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Promising Results for Ixekizumab Against Psoriatic Arthritis

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – A new drug might help ease the pain and disability of a form of arthritis often linked to psoriasis. According to Stanford University researchers, psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory joint disorder tied to an out-of-control immune response. The disease affects about one in every 200 people and is often accompanied by the autoimmune skin disorder psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis typically arises after the age of 30 and can bring stiffness, pain and swelling of the joints, leading to real disability if treatments don't help. The new study focused on more than 300 adult patients across 10 countries. These patients were no longer seeing an effect from standard biologic drugs or had never experienced a benefit in the first place. That's not uncommon. "Only about half of psoriatic arthritis patients who are given TNF inhibitors get better," study lead author Dr. Mark ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Caring for Nail Psoriasis

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Nail psoriasis causes pitting, discoloration and thickening of the nails. So how to take care of your nails if you have the condition? Here are suggestions from the National Psoriasis Foundation: Trim your nails as short as you can, since longer nails are more prone to everyday damage. Protect your nails from injury, which can worsen psoriasis symptoms. When washing dishes, cleaning or cooking, protect your hands with a pair of cotton gloves underneath vinyl or nitrile gloves (not latex). Talk to your doctor about corticosteroid injections and other possible treatments. Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Men More Prone to Severe Psoriasis: Study

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – Severe psoriasis is much more common in men than women, a new study from Sweden reports. Researchers reviewed data from more than 5,400 people in Sweden with the common skin disease. The study found that women had a significantly lower rate of severe psoriasis than men. This was true for all age groups and for all parts of the body except the head, where severity scores were about the same for both sexes. The discovery that men's psoriasis is often more serious helps explain a gender gap, with more men than women seeking psoriasis treatment, said study senior author Marcus Schmitt-Egenolf. He is a researcher at Umea University's Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine. "These findings should motivate a gender perspective in the management of severe psoriasis and its comorbidities, such as cardiovascular and metabolic disease," Schmitt-Egenolf said in ... Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Siliq Approved for Plaque Psoriasis

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – The injected drug Siliq (brodalumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adults. Siliq is approved for patients who've already failed to respond to other systemic therapies, the agency noted. The autoimmune disease – so-called because the immune system produces antibodies that attack the body's own tissues – causes thick, scaly patches of red skin. The drug is designed to inhibit the body's inflammatory response that plays a role in the development of plaque psoriasis, the FDA said in a news release. The disease occurs most often in people with a family history, usually between ages 15 and 35. Saliq was evaluated in clinical studies involving more than 4,300 people with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. The most common side effects included joint pain, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, ... Read more

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Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – People with autoimmune diseases – conditions that cause a person's immune system to turn against the body – appear to have an increased risk of developing dementia, a new British study suggests. Researchers found that 18 out of 25 different autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, psoriasis or multiple sclerosis, "showed a statistically significant association with dementia," said study co-author Dr. Michael Goldacre. He's a professor of public health at the University of Oxford. But Goldacre and other experts stressed that the study didn't prove that autoimmune diseases cause dementia. The research only showed that these conditions are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Specifically, the study found that people with multiple sclerosis appeared to have nearly double the risk of dementia. Psoriasis was associated with a 29 percent increased risk of ... Read more

Related support groups: Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Psoriasis, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Transient Ischemic Attack, Plaque Psoriasis, Chronic Spasticity, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Spasticity, Ischemic Heart Disease, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Posted 24 Feb 2017 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 16 Feb 2017 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

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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, Terocin, Analpram-HC, Caladryl, Hydrocortisone/Pramoxine, Sarna, Caladryl Clear, Dendracin

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, Anthralin, Enstilar, Vectical, Foot Care, Avage, Taclonex Scalp, Dritho-Scalp, Psoriatec, Drithocreme, Resinol, Clobeta+Plus Cream

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

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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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