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Nov
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Health Promotion Board - Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

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Atopic dermatitis or Eczema is a skin condition that frequently occurs in young children, although it may start in young adults and can continue into adult life.

Itching of the skin can be caused by irritants, infections, allergies and stress.

Avoiding allergens such as animal dander, dust mites and cockroaches can improve atopic dermatitis. Eliminating foods to which a person is allergic will also result in the improvement of the eczema.

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11
Nov
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Dating With Psoriasis

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Dating is rarely easy for anyone. But when you live with a disfiguring skin disease like psoriasis, you have another layer of anxiety to add to the everyday stresses of finding a partner.

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11
Nov
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Study Finds Links Between Psoriasis, Heart Failure

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People with the skin disorder psoriasis might be at higher risk for heart failure and should be screened for heart disease, experts say.

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09
Nov
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Asthma, Eczema and Hay Fever may be linked to fast food

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Teenagers and young children who eat fast food could be increasing their risk of developing asthma, eczema and hay fever, according to a study published Monday in the British Medical Journal's respiratory journal Thorax.

The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) study used written questionnaires completed by 319,196 13-  and 14-year-olds from 51 countries and by the parents of 181,631 6- and 7-year-olds in 31 countries.  They were asked if they had symptoms of the three conditions and about their weekly diet - including the types of foods they ate over the last year, and how often.

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09
Nov
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Eczema Association of Austrasia - Tons of Resources

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Need to know everything about Eczema in Australia and Asia? Check out Eczema Assoication of Austrasia website.

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08
Nov
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Psoriasis - Things You Should Know

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Psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin disease that causes the excessive growth of skin cells, and usually brings the red and scaly patches along with it. There are five types of psoriasis, each with different types of symptoms.

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07
Nov
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National Psoriasis Foundation - Research and Tools

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The National Psoriasis Foundation has a wealth of great resources and tools to help you manage your disease and live well with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.

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07
Nov
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Psoriasis - Related Medindia Resources

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Psoriasis is a recurrent and complex inflammatory skin disorder that can have tremendous physical and psychological impact on the sufferer.
Psoriasis is a complex, inflammatory disease which mostly affects the skin and joints. It is however not a contagious disease.

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09
Sep
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Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives? A Systematic Review

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alert_12_iconThe health benefits of organic foods are unclear. To review evidence comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods. MEDLINE (January 1966 to May 2011), EMBASE, CAB Direct, Agricola, TOXNET, Cochrane Library (January 1966 to May 2009), and bibliographies of retrieved articles. English-language reports of comparisons of organically and conventionally grown food or of populations consuming these foods. 17 studies in humans and 223 studies of nutrient and contaminant levels in foods met inclusion criteria.

 


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Crystal Smith-Spangler, Margaret L. Brandeau, Grace E. Hunter,  et al.  (2012). Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives? A Systematic Review.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012;157:348-366. Continue reading
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Jul
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Immunosuppressive effects of fish oil and flaxseed oil

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Alert_11_iconThe omega-6 fatty acids are the predominant polyunsaturated fats. The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are metabolically distinct and have opposing physiologic functions. Animal and human studies support the hypothesis that omega-3 PUFA suppress cell mediated immune responses. The increased omega-6/omega-3 ratio in Western diets most likely contributes to an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and inflammatory disorders.


 

Reference:
Virella G, Fourspring K, Hyman B, Haskill-Stroud R, Long L, Virella I, La Via M, Gross AJ, Lopes-Virella M. (1991). Immunosuppressive effects of fish oil in normal human volunteers: correlation with the in vitro effects of eicosapentanoic acid on human lymphocytes. Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology. 1991 Nov;61(2 Pt 1):161-76.

Park HJ, Park JS, Hayek MG, Reinhart GA, Chew BP. (2011). Dietary fish oil and flaxseed oil suppress inflammation and immunity in cats. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 2011 Jun 15;141(3-4):301-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vetimm.2011.02.024. Epub 2011 Mar 6.

Simopoulos AP. (2002). Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2002 Dec;21(6):495-505.

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