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Link Between Autoimmune Disorders And Psychosis Confirmed

People with autoimmune disorders, a collection of diseases where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, are more likely to have psychosis, according to our latest research. Previous research found that rates of rheumatoid arthritis were lower in people with psychosis than would be expected in the general population. But later studies showed that […]

Secukinumab: Psoriatic Arthritis Patients Show Drug’s Sustained Efficacy

Novartis’ secukinumab, or Cosentyx has been shown in new trial results to be considerably superior to placebo in treatment of psoriatic arthritis. The trial also demonstrated the compound’s continual efficacy over one year in patients suffering from the condition. The one year results of the Phase III FUTURE 2 Study were published in the journal […]

New Ixekizumab Psoriasis Medication Promising In Trials

A new psoriasis drug has been shown completely clear psoriatic plaques after 12 weeks of treatment in 40 percent of people in two key Phase III trials. Around nine of 10 patients treated every two weeks with the medication, called ixekizumab, showed at least a 75 percent reduction in plaque psoriasis. Primary study investigator Christopher […]

Severe Psoriasis and Early Death

A study[1] conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and released by the Archives of Dermatology in December of 2007 shows that there is an increased risk for early death in men and women who have severe psoriasis.

Severe psoriasis for purposes of clinical studies is defined as: when a patient has at least 10% of body surface area (BSA) covered involved in the disease and the severity index (PASI) score is greater than or equal to 12, than they are characterized as having severe psoriasis.

3 ½ Years Early

Minimizing Psoriasis Flare-ups

Doctors and dermatologists agree that there are things that individuals can do that will help them to prevent or minimize the flare-ups of psoriasis. There are ways to help them live more comfortably with the skin condition and also help initiate better results from their treatments.

The first step for anyone with a disease is to insure that they are doing everything they can do to stay in good health by eating a balanced diet, take in adequate amounts of water, and by getting proper amounts of sleep each night. Getting their bodies into the best health possible can also help them to fight off infection. Infection is one of the triggers for psoriasis.

Journaling

Keeping a journal about psoriasis flare-ups and what events, environmental factors or emotions preceded the flare-up (going back 2 or 3 weeks) can aid the patient and the doctor to understand what triggers the psoriasis.