psoriasis

TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR INHIBITORS MAY RESULT IN WEIGHT GAIN IN PSORIASIS PATIENTS

In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors was associated with an increase in body weight and body mass index. Consideration for other treatments should be considered for patients who are overweight or obese. Commonly used tumor necrosis factor inhibitors: Adalimumab (Humira®) Certolizumab…

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I HAVE A SKIN PROBLEM: WHO SHOULD I SEE?

Without question, it is ALWAYS best to see a well-trained, board-certified Dermatologist if one has any skin problems (rashes or growths).  Although many PCPs and Urgent care centers can handle COMMON problems (i.e. Shingles, poison ivy and minor burns), but what happens when both you and the doctor does not know what is the diagnosis? In many of these cases,…

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MANY BIOLOGICS USED TO TREAT PSORIASIS INCREASE THE RISK OF SKIN CANCER

In an article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, individuals “with psoriasis who were treated with biologics had an increased incidence of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.” The risk increased by over 42% in those exposed to the TNF-alpha biololics, which include: infliximab[7] (Remicade), adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia), and golimumab (Simponi), or with a circulating receptor fusion protein such as etanercept (Enbrel) which may…

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PSORIASIS TREATMENTS WORK IN 20%

Treatments Only Effective For 20% Of Psoriasis Patients. AFP-Relaxnews (2/3) reported findings in a study published online in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment, psoriasis “treatments are only effective for 20%” after 3  months of treatment.  The study authors “suggest that patients with moderate to severe psoriasis using conventional systemic treatments should consider biologics,” while “patients already…

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OBESITY AND TYPE II DIABETES LINKED TO PSORIASIS

In a study published in JAMA, persons with Type II diabetes or obesity were at significantly increased risk of developing  psoriasis. Obesity is a significant risk factor for type II diabetes as well. Therefore, eating a good healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and simple carbohydrates, exercising regularly, and maintaining an ideal weight…

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LOW-CALORIE DIET MAY LEAD TO IMPROVEMENT OF PSORIASIS

In a study published online in JAMA Dermatology, psoriasis patients who were put on a low-calorie diet had improvement of their quality of life and their psoriasis severity. These findings, although encouraging, were not statistically significant. For those suffering from psoriasis who can afford to lose a few lbs., here is another reason to get…

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