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Empowerment Program Gets Patients on the PATH to Managing the Physical and Emotional Effects of Psoriatic Arthritis
Date:9/15/2007

With the Help of Leading Medical and Lifestyle Experts - Plus TV Style Expert Stacy London - the National Psoriasis Foundation is Empowering

Patients Through Live Seminars and Expanded Web Resources

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- People suffering from painful and, at times, embarrassing, psoriatic arthritis, have a new resource. Today, the National Psoriasis Foundation officially launched the 2007 PATH program -- Psoriatic Arthritis Total approach to Health -- with an interactive patient education seminar in New York City and an online resource at http://www.psoriasis.org/PATH. PATH is designed to bring "whole body" relief and support to people living with psoriatic arthritis -- a disease characterized by pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints, which is related to the skin condition psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that develops in ten percent to 30 percent of people with psoriasis, a condition that affects as many as 7.5 million Americans according to the National Institutes of Health.

PATH helps address both the physical and emotional effects of psoriatic arthritis by providing practical lifestyle tips for patients and their families. The program seminars include breakout sessions addressing lifestyle topics such as healthy living; exercise and physical activity; stress management, relaxation and meditation; hair and skin care; and dressing with style.

"PATH offers easy-to-implement tips that empower patients to take control of their disease from a 'total health' perspective," said Dr. Bruce Strober, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. "This is important for people living with psoriatic arthritis because medication alone can't manage the physical, emotional and social impact of their disease."

Bringing her eye for style to the PATH program, Stacy London from TLC's "What Not to Wear" led a presentation during the New York launch seminar, helping participants feel good inside and out. Stacy noted: "As the spokesperson for PATH, I hope to inspire people to live life with a positive attitude. I understand the challenges of living with a chronic condition -- including social stigmas and the impact physical symptoms can have on self esteem. I'm encouraging people to be empowered --- to do all they can to take control of their health and live every day to the fullest."

PATH online (http://www.psoriasis.org/PATH) features a personal welcome from Stacy London, as well as tips from experts on reducing stress, exercising, eating well and incorporating other healthy living tactics into everyday life to feel better in general and to help relieve the impact of psoriatic arthritis.

During the fall of 2007, the Psoriasis Foundation will present PATH educational seminars in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 20 and Boston, Mass., on Oct. 27. Visit http://www.psoriasis.org/PATH for additional information and to register for a seminar near you.

PATH was developed by the National Psoriasis Foundation in partnership with Abbott.

About Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic (lifelong) inflammatory disease that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints. Psoriatic arthritis is related to psoriasis, a chronic disease that can cause dry, red, scaly patches on the skin. Psoriatic arthritis can result in irreversible damage to the joints and can cause permanent disability; however, early diagnosis and treatment have been shown to prevent this joint damage. In most cases, people with psoriatic arthritis develop psoriasis first, but some people develop the arthritis before they notice psoriatic lesions on the skin.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation is the leading patient-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the millions of Americans diagnosed with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, and their families. We focus on education, advocacy and research toward better treatments and a cure. For more information, please call the Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit http://www.psoriasis.org.

Contact: Paula Fasano

Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: 503.546.8413

Cell: 503.860.6852

pfasano@psoriasis.org


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