Acetaminophen pain drug can cause rare serious skin reactions

FDA Warns of Rare Acetaminophen Risk — Acetaminophen linked to three serious skin diseases – Acetaminophen, a fever and pain reliever that is one of the most widely used medicines in the U.S., can cause rare but serious skin reactions, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Women who drink beer may develop psoriasis

Women who drink beer more likely to develop psoriasis – Regular beer – but not light beer or other types of alcohol – appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing psoriasis, revealed by researchers.

Two new genes identified causing ankylosing spondylitis

UT rheumatologists advance genetic research related to disabling form of arthritis – Work done in part by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has led to the discovery of two new genes that are implicated in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an inflammatory and potentially disabling disease.

Germs on skin are good for us

Surface bacteria maintain skin’s healthy balance — Germs on skin are good for us. – On the skin’s surface, bacteria are abundant, diverse and constant, but inflammation is undesirable. Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now shows that the normal bacteria living on the skin surface trigger a pathway that prevents excessive inflammation after injury.

Stem cells to create new skin for patients with burns and skin diseases

First reconstitution of an epidermis from human embryonic stem cells – Stem cells to create new skin for patients with burns and skin diseases. – Researchers has succeeded in recreating a whole epidermis from human embryonic stem cells, revealed in a new study conducted by Marc Peschanski of INSERM published in the Lancet.

Psoriasis linked to increased heart disease risk

Psoriasis associated with cardiovascular disease and increased mortality – Psoriasis skin disease is associated with atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque in the arteries) characterized by an increased prevalence of ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral artery disease and an increased risk of death, revealed by researchers.

New genomic approaches for treating skin diseases

Study finds unexpected bacterial diversity on human skin – Genomic research lays groundwork for new approaches for treating, preventing skin diseases. – The health of our skin – one of the body’s first lines of defense against illness and injury – depends upon the delicate balance between our own cells and the millions of bacteria and other one-celled microbes that live on its surface.

Psoriasis increases diabetes and high blood pressure in women

In this prospective analysis, psoriasis was independently associated with an increased risk of diabetes and hypertension. Future studies are needed to find out whether psoriasis treatment will reduce the risk of diabetes and hypertension. – Women with psoriasis appear to have an increased risk for developing diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Stress may make you itch more

Stress may activate immune cells in the skin, resulting in inflammatory skin disease. – Current research suggests that stress may activate immune cells in your skin, resulting in inflammatory skin disease. The related report by Joachim et al., “Stress-induced Neurogenic Inflammation in Murine Skin Skews Dendritic Cells towards Maturation and Migration: Key role of ICAM-1/LFA-1 interactions,” appears in the November issue of The American Journal of Pathology.

Rheumatoid arthritis rising among women in US

Mayo researchers reported at a conference that rheumatoid arthritis rising among women. – After four decades on the decline, rheumatoid arthritis is on the upswing among women in the United States. That’s the finding presented by Mayo Clinic investigators at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals in San Francisco.

Glucosamine, chondroitin no better than placebo in osteoarthritis

The dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate no better than placebo in slowing cartilage loss in knees of osteoarthritis patients. – The dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate performed no better than placebo in slowing the rate of cartilage loss in the knees of osteoarthritis patients, revealed by researchers at University of Utah.