Psoriasis severity linked to blood vessel inflammation
A new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found, in the words of the lead researcher who conducted it, that “the more psoriasis was on the skin, the more inflammation there was in the blood vessels.”
Blood vessel inflammation is of concern because while “it is not proven that inflammation causes cardiovascular disease, inflammation is common for heart disease and stroke patients….”
We need more research on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
Biomedical research on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis has greatly accelerated over the last decade, and this research is bearing fruit for patients with psoriatic disease and other health conditions.
When the president of Psoriasis Cure Now testified before Congress in support of psoriasis research funding in 2005, annual psoriasis research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was stagnant at $6.5 million. This year, it is estimated by NIH at $13 million, a full doubling over the 10 years of Psoriasis Cure Now’s existence.
But this doubling is largely catch-up, as psoriasis research had largely missed the explosive growth in the overall NIH budget in the previous decade. (This short-changing was a driving force in the creation of Psoriasis Cure Now.)