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Do You Suffer From Psoriasis?
If you suffer from Psoriasis you may be able to take part in an upcoming clinical research study testing a medication for the treatment of Psoriasis.
Basic Qualifications for this Psoriasis Clinical Study are:
- 18 and older
- Male or Female
- Must have Psoriasis
If You Qualify for the Psoriasis Study, You May Receive:
- Health care related to the study
- No cost investigational medication
- Compensation for time and travel related to the Psoriasis study*
If you are interested in being considered for the Psoriasis Clinical Trial, please fill out the information and submit the form on this page. You may also call Jean Brown Research directly at 801-261-2000. *Please note that all Psoriasis Medical Research Study Appointments will be Held in Utah County.
For more information about Psoriasis, please read the following provided by the National Institue of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) website.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease of scaling and inflammation that affects greater than 3 percent of the United States population, or more than 5 million adults. Although the disease occurs in all age groups, it primarily affects adults. It appears about equally in males and females.
Psoriasis occurs when skin cells quickly rise from their origin below the surface of the skin and pile up on the surface before they have a chance to mature. Usually this movement (also called turnover) takes about a month, but in psoriasis it may occur in only a few days.
In its typical form, psoriasis results in patches of thick, red (inflamed) skin covered with silvery scales. These patches, which are sometimes referred to as plaques, usually itch or feel sore. They most often occur on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet, but they can occur on skin anywhere on the body.
The disease may also affect the fingernails, the toenails, and the soft tissues of the genitals, and inside the mouth. Although it is not unusual for the skin around affected joints to crack, about 30 percent of those with psoriasis experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disorder driven by the immune system, especially involving a type of white blood cell called a T cell. Normally, T cells help protect the body against infection and disease. In the case of psoriasis, T cells are put into action by mistake and become so active that they trigger other immune responses, which lead to inflammation and to rapid turnover of skin cells.
In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Researchers have studied a large number of families affected by psoriasis and identified genes linked to the disease. Genes govern every bodily function and determine the inherited traits passed from parent to child.
People with psoriasis may notice that there are times when their skin worsens, called flares, then improves. Conditions that may cause flares include infections, stress, and changes in climate that dry the skin.
Also, certain medicines, including beta-blockers, which are prescribed for high blood pressure, and lithium may trigger an outbreak or worsen the disease.