Psoriasis gene identified

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified the CARD14 gene to be linked with psoriasis, a painful skin condition usually characterized by raised red patches covered in silver scales which may cause premature aging. This is the first gene discovered to be linked to the skin disorder, and it may help foster new areas of dermatological sickness prevention and treatment efforts.

Initially, psoriasis was thought to stem from an overactive immune system. However, the recent discovery leads scientists to believe that it could originate from mutations in the CARD14 gene.

"Individually, the rare mutations we have found likely confer a high risk for the disease, and we think they will be important in the search to find new, more effective treatments," says Anne Bowcock, Ph.D., senior author of the study.

Over 7 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, and nearly one-third of those affected develop psoriatic arthritis as a result of the disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, daily baths in warm water that include oils or salts can not only be relaxing, but also help relieve and calm inflammation. Additionally, eating a healthy diet is recommended, and adding a natural anti aging supplement may also enhance the skin's longevity and provide a healthy glow.

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