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Women Are More Prone to Autoimmune Disorders Than Men, and Scientists May Know Why

Women are much more prone than men to develop autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

Now, researchers have come up with a potential explanation for that -- one that's rooted in genes that drive a person's gender.

The female body has a complex means by which it handles the additional X chromosome, and it appears this process also renders some wom...

Pregnancy-Linked Depression Could Have Links to Autoimmune Diseases

Could the immune system play a role in why some women become depressed during and after a pregnancy?

Swedish researchers have uncovered a "bidirectional relationship" between pregnancy-linked depression and autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease.

In other words, women who experienced depression specific to a pregnancy were m...

Skin Conditions Flare Up When Wildfires Nearby

The smoke billowing from this summer's devastating wildfires wasn't just bad for your lungs.

Skin problems also seem to worsen, with dermatology visits rising as air quality deteriorates, a new study says.

Visits for eczema spiked at dermatology clinics within the Mass General Brigham health system during the...

Is It Eczema or Psoriasis? An Expert Offers Advice

Eczema and psoriasis are skin conditions that can each affect a person's quality of life.

The best way to know which one you have if you have an itchy rash or burning feeling on your skin is to see an expert.

“Both eczema and psoriasis can impact your sleep, mood and quality of life, so it's important to seek help if you are struggling with these conditions,” said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 8, 2023
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  • Vacations in the Sun Aren't Good for Your Skin's Microbiome

    It's already known that the “healthy glow” of a tan actually represents damage to skin cells.

    But a new study of people on vacation has found that sunbathing also can disrupt the skin's microbiome, altering the populations of bacteria that live on the skin in ways that could be harmful to health.

    The microbiome recovers within a month, but during that time a person will be more ...

    Vitamin D Might Ease the Agony of Psoriasis

    People who have psoriasis may want to get their vitamin D levels checked.

    New research suggests that blood levels of the so-called "sunshine vitamin" may affect the severity of their condition. In psoriasis, skin cells build up and form dry, itchy, sometimes painful patches.

    While synthetic vitamin D creams are an emerging therapy, the study suggests that a diet rich in vitamin D or...

    Psoriatic Arthritis: Types, Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

    Most people have heard of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. But for some, psoriatic arthritis is the new kid on the block. Here's what you need to know about psoriatic arthritis, including symptoms, types and treatments.

    What is psoriatic arthritis?

    Psoriatic arthritis (...

    California's Wildfires Caused Uptick in Skin Ailments

    Wildfires are known to have a lot of negative impacts on the environment and the health of the people who live through them.

    Yet another is the worsening of skin conditions, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The group shared strategies to minimize the effect air pollution can have on people's skin during its annual meeting, held this past weekend in New Orleans.

    Planning for a Pregnancy? Don't Let Eczema, Psoriasis Get in the Way

    During pregnancy, women may need to consider different options for treating certain health issues.

    The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers some suggestions for pregnant women living with the common skin conditions eczema and psoriasis.

    “Women may consider their health care decisions differently during different stages of their lives,” said Chicago dermatologist

    Lupus, Psoriasis Patients May Face Greater Dangers After Heart Attack

    People with autoimmune disorders like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis who suffer a heart attack are more likely to die or develop severe heart-related complications in the aftermath, a new study shows.

    A heart attack creates more serious health consequences in those patients than in those who aren't battling an

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  • September 15, 2022
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  • Lupus, MS and Other Autoimmune Disorders Raise Heart Risks

    Research has linked heart disease to specific autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Now, a huge study shows that autoimmune diseases as a group increase your chances of developing heart ills.

    Autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosus and type 1 diabetes occur when the body engages in friendly fire against its own organs, tissues, ...

    Nerve Block Plus Lidocaine Clears Psoriasis in Small Study

    Spinal injections of a common anesthetic may help clear the inflammatory skin condition psoriasis, a small pilot study suggests.

    The study involved four patients with severe psoriasis, and researchers are describing it as a "proof-of-concept" — specifically, the idea that targeting certain sen...

    Should You Use Antibiotic Creams on Your Skin?

    As winter winds leave your skin dry, cracked and prone to cuts and bleeding, a skin expert says you should resist the urge to use antibiotic creams or ointments.

    While it might seem sensible to use antibiotic topicals to combat germs and prevent infection with cuts, they can irritate your...

    Vitamin D Supplements Might Cut Your Odds for Autoimmune Diseases

    Taking vitamin D supplements may help stave off psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests.

    Previous research has hinted at this connection, but the new study is the first randomized controlled trial to look at what happens when people are given vitamin D supplements and followed to see if they develop an

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  • January 27, 2022
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  • CBD and Cannabis Products for Acne, Psoriasis? Buyer Beware, Dermatologists Say

    Growing numbers of folks are turning to CBD or cannabis products to treat skin conditions like acne or rosacea, but researchers warn that the science on their safety and power hasn't kept up with demand.

    When more than 500 adults were asked about their use of CBD (cannabidiol) or marijuana, fully 17.6% said they used an over-the-counter

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  • January 17, 2022
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  • Kids' Temporary Tattoos Can Harm Skin Function

    Parents: You may think temporary tattoos are harmless for children. But kids who decorate themselves with these transfer tattoos may be disrupting the skin's protective barrier, Spanish researchers report.

    They looked at the effects on skin of permanent tattoos and temporary transfers. The surprising takeaway: Temporary transfer tattoos do more damage.

    More moisture was lost in skin...

    Common Immune Drug Methotrexate May Hamper Response to COVID-19 Vaccine

    A widely used medicine for autoimmune diseases may lower people's immune response to the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, a new study suggests.

    The drug, called methotrexate, is often given to patients with immune-mediated inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis.

    "Our findings suggest that different strategies may need to be explored in pa...

    New Drug May Be Better Psoriasis Treatment

    A breakthrough psoriasis drug is better at treating the itchy and painful skin disease than medicines already on the market, according to results from two clinical trials.

    There was a "night and day difference" in the results from bimekizumab compared against two established psoriasis drugs, secukinumab (Cosentyx) and adalimumab (Humira), said Dr. Mark Lebwohl, a co-researcher in one of t...

    Heart Risk Factors May Be Especially Unhealthy in People With Psoriasis

    People with metabolic syndrome and the skin condition psoriasis are at especially high risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study warns.

    Psoriasis has been known to increase the risk of heart disease, but researchers have now pegged metabolic syndrome as a key reason.

    Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure -- al...

    Psoriasis Meds Don't Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

    Researchers in the United Kingdom have reassuring news for people with psoriasis based on the first analysis of a global registry of COVID-19 patients who also have the skin disease.

    Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with drugs that suppress the immune system. This analysis of the international PsoProtect registry found that more than 90% of psoriasis patients surv...

    Some Psoriasis Meds May Also Help Prevent Heart Disease

    Biologic therapy for the skin condition psoriasis may reduce patients' risk of heart disease, new research suggests.

    Chronic inflammation in people with psoriasis is associated with the development of plaque in heart arteries, which increases the risk of coronary artery disease. In biologic therapy, patients receive protein-based infusions to reduce inflammation.

    "This is th...

    Skin Cream May Offer New Treatment Option for Psoriasis

    A cream medication that eases skin inflammation might offer a safer treatment option for people with psoriasis, a new clinical trial suggests.

    Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects more than 8 million Americans, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. The disease arises from an abnormal immune response that triggers rapid turnover of skin cells, causing them to pi...

    Study Probes Side Effects of Methotrexate, Used for Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Many Americans battling autoimmune illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis turn to a long-used drug, methotrexate, for relief.

    But until now there's been little comprehensive research on side effects tied to the drug.

    A new study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health may fill that gap. It finds that patients who take methotrexate do have a slight-to-mo...

    When Traditional Rx Fails, Psoriasis Patients Seek Alternatives

    Many Americans with the chronic skin condition psoriasis use complementary or alternative therapies to treat their symptoms, a small survey finds.

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease marked by raised, red, scaly patches on the skin. It is associated with other serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and depression. Treatments range from topical ointments to ultraviol...

    Psoriasis, Mental Ills Can Go Hand in Hand

    Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that is often coupled with depression, anxiety and even bipolar disease, schizophrenia and dementia, two new studies show.

    What is unclear, the researchers acknowledge, is which causes which.

    In the first study, Danish researchers collected data on more than 13,600 men and women with psoriasis. Over five years of follow-up, 2...

    Psoriasis Meds Might Help Fight Heart Trouble, Too

    Could the inflammation that drives psoriasis and other immune-linked illnesses be a major player in heart disease?

    In a new study, certain psoriasis drugs appeared to help to keep arteries clear, suggesting such a link.

    "Classically a heart attack is caused by one of five risk factors: diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, family history or smoking," explained study lead...