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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" l
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