Psoriasis research at the Medical College of Georgia

Psoriasis research at the Medical College of Georgia


CAUSE AN INCREASE IN SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH A PARTICULAR HEALTH CONDITION.–PS ORIASIS– IS THE MOST COMMON AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE. NEWSCHANNEL 6’S ASHLEY OSBORNE IS LIVE IN THE STUDIO…AND ASLEY, PSORIASIS IS MORE THAN JUST SKIN CONDITION. OSBORNE: PSORIASIS AFFECTS PEOPLE OF ALL RACES… AGES… LIFESTYLES… YOU’VE SEEN COMMERICALS WITH CELEBRETIES WHO STRUGGLE WITH IT… PROBABLY THE MOST RECOGNIZED… GOLFER PHIL MICKELSON. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE PSORIASIS… AND DOCTORS AT THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA ARE WORKING ON BETTER WAYS TO TREAT IT. SYLVESTER BUSH JR./ MCG PATIENT: IT’S JUST HARD. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: SYLVESTER BUSH JR. DESCRIBES HOW PSORIASIS AFFECTS EVERYDAY THINGS… IN A BIG WAY. SYLVESTER BUSH JR./ MCG PATIENT: TRYING TO BEND YOUR HANDS TO WRAP AROUND A STEERING WHEEL OR WHATEVER, IT HURTS. EVEN SLEEPING AT NIGHT HURTS. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: FOR BUSH THE PROBLEM STARTED ON HIS KNEES THEN SPREAD TO HIS WHOLE BODY, WHICH CAN MAKE AEVEN TRIP TO THE STORE EMBARASSING. SYLVESTER BUSH JR./ MCG PATIENT: I KNOW PEOPLE YOU KNOW THEY’RE LOOKING LIKE–YOU KNOW WHAT’S WRONG? AND I AN UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT HURTS AS WELL. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER:DERMOTOLOGIST DR. LORETTA DAVIS SAYS THE CONDITION CAN BE DIFFICULT TO MANAGE. DR. LORETTA DAVIS/ MCG DIVISION CHIEF OF DERMATOLOGY: IT’S NOT THAT EASY TO TURN AROUND. THERE ARE LOTS OF VARIETIES. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: AND OFTEN… THE MEDICATIONS SHE RECCOMENDS ARE EXPENSIVE… AND INSURANCE FIGHTS PITCHING IN. DR. LORETTA DAVIS/ MCG DIVISION CHIEF OF DERMATOLOGY: WE HAVE A LOT OF CO-MORBIDITIES MEANING THAT THEIR PSORIASIS MAYBE ALSO A RISK FACTOR FOR CARDIAC DISEASE AND SO ALL THIS INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY IS AFFECTING NOT ONLY THEIR JOINTS AND THEIR SKIN, BUT ALSO THEIR HEART AND THEY NEED THESE MEDICATIONS. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: WHICH IS WHAT MAKES RESEARCHER DR. WENDY BOLAG’S WORK A GAME CHANGER. DR. LORETTA DAVIS/ MCG DIVISION CHIEF OF DERMATOLOGY: THE MORE TOOLS WE HAVE THE BETTER WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PATIENTS. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: DR. BOLAG IS STUDYING HOW PHOSPHATIDYLG LYCEROL COULD HELP PSORIATIC PATIENTS BY REDUCING INFLAMATION WENDY BOLAG/ MCG CELL PHYSIOLOGIST: WE THOUGHT THAT PHOSPHATIDYLGLYCEROL WOULD BE ABLE TO INHIBIT INFLAMMATION INDUCED BY SOME OF THESE DANGER SIGNALS, THESE ANTI-MICROBIAL PEPTIDES, AN IN FACT THAT’S WHAT WE FOUND. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: AND LEAVES OUT THE NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS PRESENT IN MANY CURRENT DRUGS. WENDY BOLAG/ MCG CELL PHYSIOLOGIST: WE THINK IT SHOULD BE REALLY SAFE BECAUSE IT IS NATURALLY OCCURING. IT’S ALREADY IN THE BODY. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: BUSH IS GRATEFUL THEY’RE TRYING TO HELP MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR HIM AND OTHERS. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: WHAT IS YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT TO SOMEONE WHO MAYBE JUST FOUND OUT THAT THEY HAVE PSORIASIS? SYLVESTER BUSH JR./ MCG PATIENT: MY ENCOURAGEMENT IS– DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO AND GET HELP. OSBORNE: BUSH SAYS HE HOPES HIS STORY INSPIRES SOMEONE ELSE EXPERIENCEING SOME OF THE THINGS HE DESCRIBED…TO DITCH THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN… AND GO GET TREATED. HE’S THANKFUL HE DID BECAUSE DR. DAVIS HAS HIM ON A MEDICATION THAT’S HELPING. BRAD.

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