Psoriasis is a systemic chronic skin disorder characterized by excessive keratinocytes proliferation that results into thickened scaly plaques, itching and inflammatory changes in the epidermis and dermis. It is transmitted genetically but can be provoked by environmental factors.
It is found in approximately 2% of the population that primarily affects the skin and joints.
It is associated with other inflammatory disorders and autoimmune diseases (eg psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, coronary artery disease).
Generally, it begins as red scaling papules that coalesce to form round-to-oval plaques. The rashes are often pruritic and may be painful.
Interleukin 17A (IL-17A) inhibitors show better efficacy than ustekinumab in achieving clearance in adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, a recent study has shown. Additionally, IL-17A inhibitors are generally more effective than etanercept, adalimumab and apremilast.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 16 - 31 March 2018 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvalsmay have occurred since the original approval date.
The approved psoriasis therapy ustekinumab also reduces aortic vascular inflammation, along with improved psoriasis severity, compared with placebo in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis, according to the VIP-U* study presented at the 2018 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, US.
In patients with psoriasis, ocular surface involvement implies the need for periodic ophthalmological examinations to diagnose the condition and allow proper treatment, which may help improve the patients’ quality of life, suggests a recent study.
Infliximab and adalimumab are both effective for the treatment of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, while other biologics have shown efficacy for some, but not all, of these indications, according to the results of a systematic review.
Adjunct Associate Professor Chong Wei Sheng, Head of the Psoriasis Unit at the National Skin Centre, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the vital role played by primary care physicians (GPs) in tackling psoriasis.
Individuals with obesity and high abdominal fat mass appear to have a twofold increased risk of developing psoriasis, as shown in a study. Long-term weight gain of ≥10 kg is also associated with a substantially increased risk.
Adding the neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir to usual care speeds up recovery from influenza-like illness by a day compared with usual care alone, with even greater benefits seen in older, sicker patients with comorbidities, according to the ALIC4E study.
At a Menarini-sponsored symposium held during the Asian Pacific Society Congress, renowned cardiologist Prof John Camm provided the latest evidence for chronic stable angina with or without concomitant diseases, with a special focus on the antianginal agent ranolazine and combination therapies. The event was chaired and moderated by Dr Dante Morales from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.
Obeticholic acid significantly improves fibrosis and disease activity in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a chronic liver disease currently with no approved therapy, according to an interim analysis of the landmark REGENERATE* study.
The Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group has recently released a position statement that contains a list of recommendations for the improvement of accuracy standards for devices that measure blood pressure (BP).