“Control triggers, by keeping a normal weight, getting regular exercise to prevent the development, or severity, of psoriasis outbreaks. There are also psoriasis research studies to get involved with as well.” Jay Brachfeld, M.D.
Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) August 14, 2012
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month and, in a recent health alert, HealthyAnswers.com reports several new directions for treatment of the condition. One new finding comes from Sweden’s Linkoping University. There, researchers identified a protein – psoriasin – that is abundant in psoriasis as well as, surprisingly, breast cancer. Researchers concluded that by blocking this protein, it would be possible to reduce the new vascular formation that enables psoriasis (and cancer) to spread. As well, it would decrease the inflammation that fosters the development and progression of both conditions.
HealthyAnswers.com also reports on a second direction of treatment out of Washington University’s School of Medicine. There, researchers have identified the CARD14 gene thought responsible for the worst form of psoriasis – plaque psoriasis. It was shown that certain environmental triggers were responsible for creating mutations in this gene. The finding has lead to novel ways in which to turn off the psoriasis-triggering process. Also, that an overactive immune system may not be the sole culprit in the condition, as was previously thought.
HealthyAnswers.com’s resident dermatologist, Jay Brachfeld, M.D., tells about the significance of these findings: “As a dermatologist, I like to keep up on the latest research on psoriasis in order to help my patients. These new directions of research both shed new light on what causes psoriasis as well as new ways to treat it. For example, researchers at the University of California San Diego have found that a certain protein already present in the skin, REG3A, may help heal psoriasis plaques. By inhibiting this protein, psoriasis plaques healed but wounds did not. This groundbreaking finding is leading the way to new medications aimed at healing psoriasis outbreaks by blocking this protein. Current medications aim at suppressing the immune system in general and this can have undesirable side effects. As August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, I ask my patients with psoriasis, and anyone else who is interested in it, to watch the webcast from the National Psoriasis Foundation today, August 14, 2012 at 7pm EST/4pm PST. The presentation is entitled “What You Eat or Don’t Eat May Improve Your Psoriasis.”
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