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Thursday 22, Dec 2011

  Topical steroids of no use for eye ulcers

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According to the results of a randomized trial, bacterial corneal ulcers responded no better to adjunctive topical steroids than to placebo.

“A larger study examining only severe corneal ulcers is needed to confirm this supposition,” Nisha R. Acharya, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, and co-authors wrote. “To our knowledge, this is the first large randomized controlled trial to provide evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of corticosteroids in the treatment of bacterial corneal ulcers.”

The study was supported by the National Eye Institute and Alcon/Novartis provided the moxifloxacin used in the study.

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.

Monday 19, Jul 2010

  Acute Psoriasis Patients beneficiaries of topical corticosteroids

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Acute Psoriasis Patients beneficiaries of topical corticosteroidsPatients with intertriginous psoriasis (IP) can expect relief coming their way when they are treated with an application of topical corticosteroids in the short term and maintenance with a less topical agent, as per a study conducted by Alexander Kreuter, M.D, from Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, and colleagues.

The study also nullified all myths of side effects associated with use of topical steroids in the long run and the findings are considered to have major implications for treating intertriginous psoriasis patients who regularly complain of intense itching, soreness, and irritation from sweating.

The study suggested that application of corticosteroids for acute disease in the short run followed by maintenance treatment with any of the less potent agents can be classified as a reasonable approach for treating IP patients.

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.

Thursday 17, Jun 2010

  Glue treatment could be effective with topical steroids

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The effectiveness of topical intranasal steroids to treat otitis media with effusion (OME) in primary care from the perspective of the UK National Health Service was recently evaluated by a recent study.

The study was led by Dr. Stavros Petrou from the University of Oxford and highlighted that topical steroids are unlikely to be a cost-efficient option for treating OME in general practice.

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.

Monday 24, May 2010

  Traditional Chinese acupuncture could treat Post-Viral Infection Loss of Smell

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traditional-chinese-acupuncture-could-treat-post-viral-infection-loss-of-smellThe use of Traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCA) could prove to be an effective option for treating patients with persistent post- viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD), as per a new research in the April 2010 issue of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture is a method wherein very thin needles are used to stimulate certain points in the body for eliciting advantageous therapeutic responses.

The authors acknowledged that their study was limited by size and further studies must be conducted in a larger population environment.

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.

Friday 07, May 2010

  Traditional Chinese acupuncture effective for PVOD patients

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Traditional Chinese acupuncture effective for PVOD patientsAccording to a new research in the April 2010 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Traditional Chinese acupuncture or TCA, in which very thin needles are used for stimulating certain body points to elicit beneficial therapeutic responses, could be considered as an effective treatment form for patients suffering from persistent post- viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD).

It is important to note here that there is no validated pharmacotherapy for PVOD even though efforts have been made to establish a standardized treatment. Systemic and topical steroids in addition to vitamin B supplements have been used for treating patients as per the literature.

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