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Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have demonstrated that Langerhans cells in the skin, which had been thought to alert the immune system to pathogens, instead dampen the skin's reaction to infect ...


Cigarette smoking is associated with the clinical severity of the skin disease psoriasis, and both smoking and obesity are more prevalent among psoriasis patients. Psoriasis is a chronic, persisten ...


A study has shown the importance of Elidel ( Pimecrolimus ) cream 1% as an alternative to topical corticosteroids. Elidel cleared eczema from the faces of patients allergic to or intolerant of steroi ...


Researchers at Jefferson Medical College and at the Wadsworth Center in New York have identified a gene defect in mice resulting in a range of abnormalities, from cyclical hair loss and skin cancer to ...


The European Commission has granted approval of Remicade ( Infliximab ), an anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha ( TNF-alpha ) blocker, for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. The new ...


Raptiva ( Efalizumab) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients ( 18 years or older ) with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. ...


CHMP, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, the scientific committee of the European Medicines Agency ( EMEA ), has issued a positive opinion recommending approval of Adalimumab ( Humi ...


Injection of skin test antigens into warts appears to stimulate the immune system and successfully treat the injected wart and also helps to treat distant non-injected warts Warts are unsightly and ...


Bacterial resistance to conventional antibiotics has become increasingly common, resulting in escalating life-threatening infections. In an effort to find an alternative treatment for antibiotic-re ...


FDA ( Food and Drug Administration ) approved an expanded indication for Enbrel ( Etanercept ) to improve physical function in patients with psoriatic arthritis. In addition, the FDA approved an up ...


High levels of estrogen correlated with improvement in psoriasis, whereas progesterone levels did not correlate with psoriatic change. The study investigated prospectively how psoriasis fluctuates ...


It has long been suspected that hereditary factors are important in causing hair loss. However, up to now it was unclear which genes are involved. Researchers, led by Markus Nöthen of the Life & ...


A study showed that adolescents with moderate to severe acne taking Isotretinoin ( Accutane ) experience a reduction rather than an increase in symptoms of depression . A synthetic vitamin A, Isotr ...


In the IMPACT ( Infliximab Multinational Psoriatic Arthritis Controlled Trial ) study, 104 patients with active psoriatic arthritis who had failed at least one DMARD ( disease-modifying antirheumatic ...


The 5% Imiquimod cream ( Aldara ) dosed 3 times weekly for 16 weeks is safe and effective for the treatment of actinic keratosis. Two phase III randomized, vehicle-controlled studies evaluated the ...