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CDC Puts Psoriasis on Its Public Health Agenda

Posted: February 13, 2013

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A chronic, genetic disease of the immune system, psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans, and putting people at higher risk for other health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis that affects the joints and tendons. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible joint damage.

The agenda clearly states the need for research into basic questions, such as the age at which psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis appear, how the diseases start and develop over time, and possible differences in how they affect certain groups, such as younger versus older people.

“To successfully answer these questions, and address other research needs, the engagement of the larger dermatology and public health communities is needed,” Robertson said. “The Psoriasis Foundation looks forward to creating opportunities that facilitate involvement among interested parties to move this public health agenda forward.”

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