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On World Psoriasis Day, PMR Renews Commitment to Help Develop New Psoriasis Treatments

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October 29 is World Psoriasis Day, a time to raise awareness of a chronic condition affecting millions worldwide.

The facts are striking – nearly 3 percent of the world’s population has psoriasis.  Those affected may experience pain, discomfort, and unwelcome comments, and can see their personal and professional lives deeply impacted by psoriasis.

Psoriasis, however, is not “just a skin condition.”  While sore, flaking, itchy skin patches are the most recognizable symptom, psoriasis affects the body in a number of troubling ways.  The description “the heartbreak of psoriasis,” that was first used in an ad many years ago is taking on new meaning as scientists have discovered the strong connection between psoriasis and heart disease.  In these psoriasis patients there is an increased risk of heart attack.

In addition, one third of those with psoriasis also have a chronic, potentially debilitating condition known as psoriatic arthritis, experiencing sore, tender and swollen joints.  You are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes if you have psoriasis, and are at a greater risk of depression.

Psoriasis is NOT contagious.  It is, however, an incurable disease and a serious public health issue.  Quite simply, we need to find better treatments for the men, women and children who struggle with autoimmune skin disorders.

Probity Medical Research and Researchtrials.org are proud to have the opportunity to be part of important research into new therapies to treat psoriasis. Currently, over 2,500 patients are participating in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis clinical trials at our research sites around the world. Our researchers include physicians like Dr. Kim Papp, a Canadian dermatologist who has dedicated over 20 years of his medical career to psoriasis research.

Every World Psoriasis Day we reflect on our pledge to conduct psoriasis research to the best of our ability. Several of our researchers and their staff and family members have psoriasis, so the clinical trials that we conduct have a special, personal meaning.

On this tenth World Psoriasis Day we stand with the global psoriasis community in support and resolve to keep working towards new, safe effective treatments and hopefully, one day, a cure.

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