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Monday 26, Jul 2010

  Topical steroids recommended by Psoriasis Advocacy Group

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Topical steroids recommended by Psoriasis Advocacy GroupA nonprofit patient advocacy group, Psoriasis Cure Now, has urged a joint hearing of two Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committees to approve OTC use of certain topical steroids that presently require a prescription.

Topical corticosteroids are instrumental to treat as many as 6.5 million American afflicted with psoriasis and over-the-counter status of these steroids could result in reduced cost and enhanced convenience.

Specific topical steroids that presently require a prescription could be safely and effectively used by psoriasis patients in an over-the-counter setting, according to Michael Paranzino, President of Psoriasis Cure Now.

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.

Friday 18, Jun 2010

  FDA urged by Advocacy Group for OTC status

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FDA urged by Advocacy Group for OTC statusA nonprofit patient advocacy group, Psoriasis Cure Now, urged the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committees to approve the OTC (over the counter) use of some topical steroids that presently need a prescription.

It is worth noting here that topical corticosteroids are prescribed to provide relief to as many as 6.5 million people in the United States alone and grant of OTC status to these steroids can help in reducing costs and enhancing convenience.

Some topical steroids that presently require a prescription could be safely used by patients affected by psoriasis in an over-the-counter setting, as per Michael Paranzino, President of Psoriasis Cure Now.

Wednesday 16, Jun 2010

  Green Tea can delay type 1 diabetes onset

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Green Tea can delay type 1 diabetes onsetA powerful antioxidant in green tea could delay or prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes, as per researchers from the Medical College of Georgia.

The predominant antioxidant in green tea, EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), was tested on a lab mouse with type 1 diabetes and primary Sjogren’s syndrome that damages glands producing moisture leading to dry eyes and mouth.

This study supported an earlier research displaying impact of EGCG on helping prevent autoimmune diseases and was published in an issue of Life Sciences.

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 19, May 2010

  Psoriasis Advocacy Group urges FDA for approving topical steroids

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Psoriasis Advocacy Group urges FDA for approving topical steroidsPsoriasis Cure Now, a nonprofit patient advocacy group, urged a joint hearing of two Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committees for approving over-the-counter use of specific topical steroids that presently require a prescription.

It is believed that topical corticosteroids play a critical role in treating psoriasis for as many as 6.5 million Americans and the OTC status of these steroids can lead to improved convenience and low cost.

Michael Paranzino, President of Psoriasis Cure Now, said some topical steroids that are believed to presently require a prescription can be safely and effectively used by patients affected by psoriasis in an over-the-counter setting.

Thursday 13, May 2010

  Prospective new treatment for severe asthma

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Prospective new treatment for severe asthmaA prospective new treatment approach has been uncovered by researchers to treat severe asthma by blocking a powerful immune system chemical that is present in large quantities in patients, according to a small study in Thorax.

Severe asthma though rare can be noticed in around one in every ten asthmatics and progressively higher doses of steroids are required to be administered in an attempt to control symptoms.

The research team investigated tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha) that is found in many chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis.

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.

Friday 30, Apr 2010

  Onset of Type 1 diabetes may be delayed by Green Tea

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Onset of Type 1 diabetes may be delayed by Green TeaAccording to researchers from the Medical College of Georgia, a powerful antioxidant in green tea can delay or prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes.

EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), the predominant antioxidant in green tea, was tested by researchers on a laboratory mouse with type 1 diabetes and primary Sjogren’s syndrome that damages moisture-producing glands leading to dry mouth and eyes.

The study, published in an issue of Life Sciences, supports earlier research displaying impact of EGCG on helping prevent autoimmune diseases.

Sunday 28, Mar 2010

  Lupus drug shows efficacy for treating psoriasis

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Lupus drug shows efficacy for treating psoriasis  A compound called benzodiazepine-423 (Bz-423) Рa chemical cousin of the anti-anxiety drugs Valium̢ and Xanax̢ Рis effective for suppressing cell growth in a model of psoriasis, as per scientists from the University of Michigan.

The finding was disclosed in a study published online in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Psoriasis is a severe complication in which cells multiply unchecked and therefore cell growth inhibition can help in controlling the disease.

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