Psoriasis is a skin condition that is often misunderstood; people who have psoriasis can face prejudice and discrimination. Psoriasis is characterized by raised red, white, or silvery skin patches. The good news is that many medications can control psoriasis, and lifestyle changessuch as getting short periods of sun exposure and quitting smokingcan help too.
Living a More Comfortable Life With PsoriasisAn estimated 7 million people have psoriasis, yet many are not getting treatment. Find out how to tell if you have psoriasis, what medications can help, how to take care of your skin, and how other people cope with the challenges of psoriasisfrom battling stigma to dating.
THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — The sensation of itching is hardwired into the nervous system and can be traced back to a small molecule released in the spinal cord, according to a new study in mice. Researchers say this molecule, known as natriuretic polypeptide b (Nppb), triggers a signal that passes through the central [...]
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) — The active ingredient in a drug that’s expected to become a popular treatment for multiple sclerosis has been linked to four European cases of a rare but sometimes fatal brain disease called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). The ingredient, dimethyl fumarate, is used in a drug called Fumaderm [...]
Eating lots of foods loaded with salt may do more than raise your blood pressure: Researchers report that it could also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, where the body’s immune system mistakenly mounts an attack upon some part of the body. Three new studies suggest salt may be a prime suspect in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine).
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — Children who have the skin condition psoriasis are about twice as likely to be either overweight or obese as kids without the skin problem, according to new research that looked at children from nine countries. When researchers looked at just obesity, they found those with the skin [...]
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) — The drug Stelara, used to treat the skin condition psoriasis, may also be effective against Crohn’s disease, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found Stelara (ustekinumab) blocks two proteins known to cause inflammation. Crohn’s disease patients with moderate-to-severe cases [...]
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