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Wednesday 21, Jul 2010

  Psoriasis linked with two serious conditions

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Psoriasis linked with two serious conditionsA recent study has disclosed that patients afflicted with psoriasis could find it difficult for managing daily chores along with the disease symptoms after a link between the disease and two potentially serious medical conditions, atherosclerosis and diabetes, was identified.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by scaly, thick, and red plaque and leads to bleeding and itching and could bring considerable discomfort and emotional stress for patients.

Dermatologist Michael David, MD, Dermatology Department at Rabin Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, and his colleagues were able to find a high occurrence of atherosclerosis and diabetes in patients with psoriasis when compared to patients without psoriasis.

Wednesday 16, Jun 2010

  Psoriasis found linked with diabetes and cardiovascular condition

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Psoriasis found linked with diabetes and cardiovascular conditionA recent study has revealed that there is a link between psoriasis, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. This means that the affected patients could find it difficult to handle the daily chores of dealing with physical symptoms of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by scaly, thick, and red plaques and leads to emotional stress and discomfort.

Dermatologist Michael David, MD, Dermatology Department at Rabin Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, and his colleagues, observed a higher occurrence of diabetes and atherosclerosis in psoriasis patients compared to patients without psoriasis.

Wednesday 26, May 2010

  Diabetic retinopathy can be slowed down by steroid injections

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Diabetic retinopathy can be slowed down by steroid injectionsPatients suffering from diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can cause vision loss and blindness, can finally have some relief coming their way.

According to a report in the December issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, injecting triamcinolone (corticosteroid) directly into the eye can slow down the disease progression.

This finding was disclosed by Neil M. Bressler, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and colleagues in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network.

Friday 30, Apr 2010

  Psoriasis associated with severe cardiovascular condition and diabetes

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Psoriasis associated with severe cardiovascular condition and diabetesPatients suffering from psoriasis may find it difficult to the daily chores of dealing with the physical symptoms of this condition after a recent study disclosed that there is an association between psoriasis and two potentially serious medical conditions, atherosclerosis and diabetes.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by thick, scaly, and red plaques and resulting in itching and bleeding & leading to considerable discomfort and emotional stress for patients.

A higher occurrence of diabetes and atherosclerosis in psoriasis patients compared to patients without psoriasis was noticed by dermatologist Michael David, MD, Dermatology Department at Rabin Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, and his colleagues.

Monday 26, Apr 2010

  Autoimmune diseases of the body can be treated with eye protein

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Autoimmune diseases of the body can be treated with eye proteinA factor (protein) in the human eye may prove effective to prevent and halt autoimmune eye disease in animal models besides useful for preventing and treating other autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, as per scientists at the Schepens Eye Research Institute.

The factor alpha-MSH, when harnessed and used as a therapeutic drug, was demonstrated by the authors in a study in the November issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology to be useful in successfully preventing the onset of and stop progression of uveitis.

The Schepens Eye Research Institute team was awarded a $330, 000 grant by the Wadsworth Foundation to explore new therapies for multiple sclerosis on the virtue of this study and the basic research leading up to it.

Friday 23, Apr 2010

  Interference with vagal nerve activity prevents hypertension and diabetes in mice

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Interference with vagal nerve activity prevents hypertension and diabetes in mice  According to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, diabetes and hypertension in mice can be prevented by interrupting nerve signals to the liver. The finding was reported in an issue of the journal Cell Metabolism.

Clay F. Semenkovich, M.D., professor of medicine and of cell biology and physiology, said that interrupting vagal nerve signaling can prevent the development of hypertension and diabetes at least in mice.

Semenkovich remarked that he is not sure as of now if this works for humans but expect that alteration of vagal nerve activity can offer a novel approach to treat the common metabolic disorders.

Thursday 08, Apr 2010

  Steroids result in hypertension and diabetes

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Steroids result in hypertension and diabetesResearch at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has revealed that steroids called glucocorticoids, which are important for treating diseases such as asthma and arthritis, may trigger diabetes and hypertension.

It was found by the involved team that a protein called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPAR-alpha) is important in the process. The finding explained the high incidence of diabetes and hypertension in obese individuals.

The study appears online and in the August issue of the journal Nature Medicine. Bernal-Mizrachi led the study, in collaboration with Clay F. Semenkovich, M.D., professor of medicine and of cell biology and physiology and director of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research, and Daniel P. Kelly, M.D., professor of medicine, of molecular biology and pharmacology and of pediatrics and director of the Center for Cardiovascular research.

Tuesday 19, Jan 2010

  Staying active helps in minimizing health complications

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Staying active helps in minimizing health complicationsFocusing on staying active can be the difference between good health and troubled from ailments.

As per a research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2008, the larger body sizes of professional soccer players do not increase risks of atherosclerosis or cardiovascular disease after they retire.

It was remarked by Benjamin D. Levine, M.D., senior author of the study and director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, that active players can easily prevent pre-diabetes progression by following a healthy, active lifestyle.

The study noted that retired National Football League (NFL) players displayed a reduced prevalence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sedentary lifestyle, and hypertension when compared to other men.

Tuesday 29, Dec 2009

  Possible link between diabetes, atherosclerosis, and psoriasis

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Possible link between diabetes, atherosclerosis, and psoriasisDermatologist Michael David, MD, Dermatology Department at Rabin Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, and his colleagues, have found an increased occurrence of diabetes and atherosclerosis in psoriasis patients compared to patients without psoriasis. This finding was published in an issue of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by thick, red, scaly plaques that itch and featured by bleeding at times to result in discomfort and emotional stress for patients.

This finding is believed to give relief to 2-4 percent of the worldwide population affected by psoriasis, including approximately 5.8 to 7.5 million Americans affected by the condition.

Dr. David remarked that though the study suggested an association between psoriasis, diabetes and atherosclerosis, the cause of this association is not known by now besides why there is an increased risk of both conditions in women and certain age groups.

Tuesday 27, Oct 2009

  Being active helps in reducing health risks for large, retired athletes

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Being active helps in reducing health risks for large, retired athletesAccording to a research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2008, the larger body size of professional soccer players does not enhance the risk of atherosclerosis or cardiovascular disease after they retire.

Benjamin D. Levine, M.D., senior author of the study and director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, remarked that active players prevent the progression of pre-diabetes from becoming real diabetes by following an active lifestyle.

It was found during the study that the retired National Football League (NFL) players had a considerably lower prevalence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sedentary lifestyle, and hypertension when compared to other men.

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