Ingrid Torjesen
Biomarkers may predict chronic urticaria resolution
Chronic urticaria is associated with a low resolution rate, but researchers writing in JAMA point to biomarkers that may help predict the likelihood of resolution.
Probiotics may improve pediatric AD symptoms
A daily capsule of a cocktail of probiotics may reduce both the severity symptoms in moderate atopic dermatitis and the need for topical corticosteroids to treat symptom flare ups in children.
Azathioprine and methotrexate safe and effective for atopic dermatitis
A small study finds that the combination of methotrexate and azathioprine is safe and effective as maintenance treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis for up to five years.
Considerations for diagnosing eosinophilic fasciitis
A spate of new eosinophilic fasciitis cases led to the development of these considerations now considered standard in making an accurate diagnosis.
Dermatomyositis requires a second-line treatment
Study finds that second-line agents need to be incorporated into treatment for moderate to severe dermatomyositis, which is otherwise very difficult to treat.
Scar treatment dependent on technique
Laser-assisted topical steroid delivery for hypertrophic scars and keloids produces sustainable results, study shows.
Impaired taste and smell may explain poor nutrition in psoriasis patients
Psoriasis has long been linked with poor nutrition, high body mass index and metabolic disorders. New research suggests a reduced sense of taste and smell, caused by inflammation, may explain why.
Genetic variation may explain why biologics help some patients, but fail others
Psoriasis patients carrying a specific gene experience a significantly better early response to ustekinumab, but are less likely to achieve high rates of response to anti-TNFs.
Cardiovascular disease in psoriasis may be due to a cardiosplenic axis
The spleen may have a role in driving the higher rate of cardiovascular disease seen in psoriasis patients through a spleen–atherosclerotic axis, suggests research presented at a meeting in London.
Diet and lifestyle factors may trigger psoriasis
Environmental and lifestyle factors, such as certain foods and infections, may trigger onset of psoriasis and account for approximately 30% of the risk of the condition in people with a genetic preposition, research presented in London shows.

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