Latest Skin News 1 February 2015

FDA Approves New Psoriasis Drug

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new drug to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

People with plaque psoriasis, the most common form of the autoimmune skin disease, develop thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue by mistake.

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Novartis Sees Price War With Amgen, Lilly for Psoriasis Drugs

(Bloomberg) -- Novartis AG is racing to establish itself in the market for new treatments for psoriasis ahead of an anticipated price war with Amgen Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co. in the U.S., as payers of prescription bills play the drugmakers off of each other.

To lock in patients and doctors as customers, Novartis plans to introduce its Cosentyx at a price similar to Johnson & Johnson’s Stelara, the current standard treatment, said David Epstein, head of Novartis’s pharmaceuticals division. Future price rises for the therapy are unlikely, he said.

Novartis last week won U.S. approval for Cosentyx, the first in a new class of drugs called IL-17 inhibitors to treat the disfiguring skin disease. Lilly has said it plans to submit its drug for approval in the first half of this year, while Amgen and its partner AstraZeneca Plc said they also plan to file this year.

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Study: Coffee May Reduce Risk Of Melanoma

Here’s some more (potentially) good news for coffee devotees: A new study finds that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day – a fairly hefty amount, by most counts – is linked to a reduced risk for melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Melanoma is currently the fifth most common form of cancer in the U.S., and it’s the leading cause of skin cancer-related deaths. About 77,000 people are diagnosed with it each year, and 9,500 die of it each year.

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Itchy Skin, Diarrhea Evolved to Promote Good Health

From rashes to irritable bowels, people today face certain health challenges because our ancestors evolved the genetic variations associated with these conditions in order to benefit human health, a new study has found.

It's ironic that the genes responsible for certain health problems evolved to help us, but it's a reminder that physical traits are not always all good or bad. There are some cases, as the study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution points out, where the line is not so clear.

For example, Gokcumen said, "Our research shows that some genetic features associated with psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and other aspects of human health are ancient."

Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition, can cause rashes that itch, burn and sting.

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How To Use Honey For Skin- Know From A Dermatologist

“Doctor, Is raw honey better than processed one? How to use Honey on my skin? Will honey suit my sensitive skin?”

These questions seemed like a puzzle until I researched about how to use  honey for skin. I soon realized that there is a lot more than allopathy when it comes to skin care. One such proof is this blog. Our research about honey coincidentally clashed with analysis of reputed anti-wrinkle cream; to our surprise benefits of honey on skin was more than that ant-wrinkle cream. The details are tabulated below:

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Why Have Some Modern Illnesses Persisted Since Our Ancient Ancestors? Scientists Begin to Understand Genetic Link

By , Tech Times | January 28, 10:12 PM

Sickle cell anemia, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis may have each provided health benefits to our ancestors, a new study has found. How could this be the case?

Some modern illnesses and disorders including diarrhea and itchy skin could have provided health benefits to our ancient ancestors, new research has found.

Crohn's disease, an often painful disease marked by inflamed bowels, and psoriasis, a common skin rash, both afflicted our human ancestors, the study found.

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How The Skin Disease Psoriasis Costs Us Billions

Skin disorders rarely make it on the list of big-time diseases, so when we saw a study saying that psoriasis costs the nation $52 to $63 billion a year, it was hard not to think, "Really?"

And that's just for the direct costs of health care for people with , according to the published Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology.

Bottom line: There are millions of people dealing with a chronic illness that can be disfiguring and disabling.

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Eczema Linked To Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure Among Other Health Problems

By a.bernocco@hngn.com | Jan 23, 2015 09:08 PM EST

Eczema is a life-long illness.

Eczema, an itchy skin disease, was linked to several other health problems in a new study.

"Eczema is not just skin deep," lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, told . "It impacts all aspects of patients' lives and may worsen their heart-health."

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'I’m turning into a tree' Woman's psoriasis is so severe that her skin now looks like BARK

DISTRAUGHT Pat Schuerman has described how unsightly patches of silvery 'bark' are forming all over her body as a result of the skin condition psoriasis

Pat Schuerman has described how unsightly patches of silvery 'bark' are forming all over her body as a result of the skin condition psoriasis.

The 50-year-old is constantly itching and feels 'hideous', but despite trying a range of treatments to help manage her condition, nothing has worked.

And now she no longer leaves the house due to her insecurities, and has also developed arthritis in her joints, a problem related to her skin condition, making walking painful.

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