The extent of affected body area in psoriasis may determine mortalityThe risk of death for adults with psoriasis that impacts more than 10 percent of body surface area is about 1.8 times greater than adults without psoriasis, according to a new study.
Heart disease and mental health conditions more prevalent in psoriasisModerate-to-severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients are more likely than people without these conditions to have cardiovascular and mental comorbidities, as well as higher healthcare utilization and medical costs, primarily from pharmacy-related expenses, according to a recent retrospective study of U.S. Department of Defense patients.
Diabetes risk in psoriasis increases with disease severityIn severe psoriasis, every 10 percent increase in affected body surface area increases diabetes risk by 20 percent, researchers find.
Coordinated care lessons in dermatologyCoordinated care is gaining ground in medicine because it helps defragment a fragmented system, says Dr. Lindsay Strowd. Patients with chronic conditions, such as psoriasis, tend to benefit most.
Insights to improve your psoriasis care planKnowledge of outcomes data, adverse events may help physicians formulate effective treatment strategies, Dr. April Armstrong says.
Switching biologic treatments in dermatologyNot all biologic treatments are equal. Side effects, effectiveness, cost and administration style are among factors physicians should consider when switching treatments, experts report at AAD 2018.
The promise of biologic therapy in dermatologyDuring the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting, physicians addressed the monumental changes that have occurred since the advent of biologic therapy for systemic autoimmune conditions, such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Today, some patients are able to achieve complete disease clearance. Although there may be viable treatments for these conditions, access to care and medication adherence remain top issues, physicians say.
The evolution of psoriasis from skin to heart diseaseMounting clinical evidence points to a need for tighter disease control in psoriasis patients, says Dr. Alexander Egeberg.
Moisturizing: False claims and problematic ingredients
Moisturizing: False claims and problematic ingredientsDermatologists recommend moisturizers for patients who suffer from atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and psoriasis. Some over-the-counter moisturizers contain allergens patients should avoid. For details, print our table-of-the-month.
Pediatric psoriasis guidelinesPeDRA and NSP authors new consensus statement for pediatric psoriasis. Interdisciplinary care (dermatologist and pediatricians) is critical. Regular screening for common comorbidities is recommended.