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Psoriasis Genetic Testing Now Available in Europe

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 2, 2010

A new genetic test for psoriatic arthritis is now available in Europe as a CE in vitro diagnostic medical device. DermaGenoma, Inc., a molecular dermatology research and development innovator announced the unveiling of the genetic testing system in late July, 2010 and the device is now available under the European In Vitro Diagnostic Directive.

The PsoriasisDX Genetic Test for Psoriatic Arthritis(PsA) is available as a CE marked product, a requirement established by European Directives that ensures conformity and compliance. The testing device is designed to identify those who are at a high risk for developing psoriatic arthritis before they even experience the arthritic symptoms, making it easier for doctors to assess joint damage and proceed with medical intervention if necessary.

According to Andy Goren, CEO of DermaGenoma, Inc.,”We  are excited to extend this revolutionary genetics testing breakthrough to dermatologists in Europe…it helps doctors determine the proper treatments for patients.”

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that causes skin to develop thick, silvery scales and raised red skin.  It is considered to be a non-curable condition that progressively worsens over time, but some people may be clear of the condition during periods of remission throughout the course of their lives. The skin condition can occur in all races, both sexes, and in people of all ages, and may become aggravated by extreme temperatures or increased exposure to sunlight.

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, but dermatologists and skin care professionals are able to treat various stages of the condition using certain topical creams, lotions and sprays, or by injecting steroids directly into the skin. Patients who have moderate to severe psoriasis may be good candidates for prescription medication such as methotrexate or even light therapy which can help to improve the health and condition of the skin.

Genetic testing will help many medical professionals detect and diagnose the disease early, and may help the patient prepare for an effective treatment plan.

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Innovative Psoriasis Laser Treatment Featured on “The Doctors” TV Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 17, 2010

“The Doctors” TV show has been featuring several popular cosmetic and dermatology procedures over the last year, and recently showcased an innovative laser treatment for psoriasis. Dr. Susan Evans, a Beverly Hills cosmetic physician appeared on the show last week to discuss the benefits of a laser procedure that helps to remove the top layer of skin in the affected area to prompt a healing response.

Ms. Evans pointed out that the many creams and medications for psoriasis are simply too thick to penetrate deep into the skin to cause a reaction. When creams, lotions and topical treatments don’t work, many patients are forced to take medications. However, medications for psoriasis are commonly coupled with unpleasant side effects.

The psoriasis laser treatment is a painless procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis at the dermatology office. The laser penetrates deep into the layers of skin with psoriasis and triggers the body’s natural healing response. Dr. Evans performed the procedure on her show, and explained that most people feel only a warming sensation during the procedure. The procedure is fast, easy, and can be repeated twice per week for six to twelve weeks. Most people enjoy results that can last between six months to a year.

One of the newest psoriasis laser treatments is the XTRAC Excimer Laser, a laser that delivers light therapy safely and directly into the psoriatic plaques. The procedure is painless and there is no discomfort after the procedure. The XTRAC Excimer Laser is also effective for treating other skin conditions, including atopic eczema. Some insurance providers, such as Aetna, do offer health insurance coverage for psoriasis laser treatments if they are considered medically necessary and the patient has not responded well to treatments such as retinoids, corticosteroids, anthralin or Vitamin D.

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Phase 2 Clinical Trials for VB-201 for Psoriasis Treatment Underway

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 18, 2010

Patients with psoriasis may soon have another option in dermatological care thanks to a new oral treatment that has been developed by VBL Therapeutics. The pharmaceutical company has announced the initiation of a Phase 2 efficacy and safety study for an orally-administered immune response modifier that promises to reduce inflammation in the body that triggers psoriasis.

The Phase 2 study will involve approximately 180 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, and will run for 12 weeks.

According to Dror Harats, M.D., chief executive officer of VBL Therapeutics, “The availability of a new oral therapy that is convenient, safe and effective would be an important treatment advance for patients with psoriasis…building on the promising results observed preclinically and the success of four separate Phase 1 clinical studies, we are excited to advance VB-201 into Phase 2 development for psoriasis. We look forward to launching clinical trials in additional indications in the near-term, as well as entering Phase 2 clinical development with VB-111, our lead oncology drug candidate.”

Psoriasis affects thousands of men and women in the United States and is a chronic immune disease that can become a severe burden physically and emotionally. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 125 million people suffer from psoriasis worldwide, and more than seven million patients in the United States have been diagnosed with the chronic skin condition.

The oral medication currently under evaluation is designed to counterbalance the body’s inflammatory response and improve immune system functioning so that the effects of psoriasis on the skin decrease naturally. The primary goal is to treat inflammation that is causing the skin problems, thereby improving the overall health of the skin.

The estimated market for psoriasis treatments is currently valued at more than $2 billion and is projected to rise more than $3 billion by 2011, according to a report in MedicalNewsToday.com.

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AAD Releases New Guidelines for Treatment of Psoriasis with UV Therapy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 3, 2009

42-15654497The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has released a new set of guidelines for the care and management of the treatment of psoriasis with ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, also known as phototherapy.

Many people suffering from psoriasis are prescribed prescription medications and light therapy treatments, and a recent article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology outlines the basic steps and general recommendations for physicians using light therapy to treat this common skin condition.

According to dermatologist David M. Pariser, MD, FAAD, and president of the Academy of Dermatology, Over the years, phototherapy has been shown to effectively clear psoriasis, and it is a cost-effective therapy that generally does not suppress the body’s immune response like traditional and biologic systemic therapies. However, because this therapy delivers UV light to the skin (a known carcinogen), patients need to be closely monitored by their dermatologists for the potential risk of skin cancer.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)

Psoriasis is easily recognized by thick, red and scaly patches that can become inflamed and even start to bleed on a regular basis. Almost 7 million men and women in the United States have to manage this skin condition, and it is a result of both genetic and environmental factors. UVB therapy is commonly used to treat psoriasis, and broadband UVB therapy has been used to treat psoriasis for over 75 years. People who undergo this type of treatment enjoy rapid clearing of the skin, fast healing and better remission rates, reports Dr. Pariser.

Photochemotherapy is another option for treating psoriasis, and makes use of photosensitizing compounds and topical or oral medication before exposure to UV light. This is an advanced treatment that has also been covered by the AAD’s recent report.

While there are some minor side effects of light therapy and the risk of burning, a skilled and experienced dermatologist will be able to deliver the treatment with minimal problems.

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Psoriasis Treatments Respond Best to Dual Topical Treatments

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 3, 2009

j0439611People suffering from chronic psoriasis of the skin, a condition that causes thick, red, scaly patches to develop on the skin, have several options for improving the look and feel of their skin including topical treatments and laser therapy.

A recent dermatology study now reveals that two of the most commonly-used psoriasis treatments can actually be used together to produce better results.

Topical treatments are often administered to treat large patches of skin that have not responded well to dietary or lifestyle changes. These treatments are readily absorbed into the skin’s surface, and can help to soothe inflammation and help the skin heal. According to Anne Mason, a research fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York in England, chronic plaque psoriasis can be treated with topical treatments that are applied directly to the skin in a specific sequence.

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, these treatments can help reduce the symptoms significantly. The ‘ideal’ combination for those who suffer from chronic psoriasis involves applying corticosteroid at night, and vitamin D each morning. The vitamin D products help to reduce skin irritation and can easily absorb into the skin in the morning. The corticosteroids help to strengthen thinning skin, and can help with the healing process.

Mason points out that many patients need to continue taking their prescription medication in order to achieve the best results, but they can see significant changes in their skin just by using this day-and-night regimen.

Results of this research were published in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, one of several publications of The Cochrane Collaboration, an organization that evaluates medical research and reviews studies like these in depth. These findings offer some alternative treatment options for individuals who are suffering from severe psoriasis of the skin.

(Source: Medical News Today)

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Online Support Groups Help Patients Better Manage Psoriasis

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 28, 2009

computer-pictureA recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology, a Journal of the American Medical Association journal, concludes that many patients suffering from skin and joint problems that result from psoriasis can improve their emotional health and well-being by participating in online support groups.

260 adults participated in a study conducted by the team at the Center for Connected Health and Massachusetts General Hospital; participants were required to use an online support site to keep up with the latest news about their health problems, and interact with community members about their health issues.

Dermatologists previously noted that many people suffering from psoriasis were embarrassed abot the problem and rarely turned to others for help.  The support groups helped many people connect with others with a similar condition, while remaining anonymous.  This helped relieve the pressure of sharing, what to them, was an incredibly embarrassing problem, and the community could serve as a positive place to manage the condition.

The official report and results of the study indicate that;

“People with chronic disease are believed to relate best to Web-based information produced by other patients. Internet support groups share common objectives with their face-to-face counterparts but have strengths and weaknesses unique to the online setting. Although online support may lack the immediacy and intensity of a group meeting, it allows members to access information at a time and place of their choice. In addition, it offers individuals the advantage of anonymity and perceived lack of judgment.”

In addition to anonymous support groups, patients can turn to local resources and workshops sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation that may help with copoing methods and giving patients a chance to  meet with a counselor or other patients in a face-to-face setting.

Still, for those who are not seeking help because they are embarrassed or ashamed of their condition can still turn to the Internet for a wealth of resources and valuable contacts.

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