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National Psoriasis Foundation Seeks 10,000 Americans to Support Psoriasis Research for World Psoriasis Day
Date:10/28/2008

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For World Psoriasis Day, Oct. 29, the National Psoriasis Foundation wants 10,000 Americans to visit its Web site, http://www.psoriasis.org, and sign up to support increased research funding for psoriasis, a noncontagious disease of the immune system that appears on the skin.

During the fifth annual World Psoriasis Day, awareness activities will occur all over the world to help increase understanding, improve access to treatments and build unity among the psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis community.

"Over the past decade, the U.S. federal government has spent less than $1 a day per patient on psoriasis research," said Randy Beranek, president and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation. "It's critical we increase investment in a disease that affects 125 million people worldwide. The Foundation is asking Americans to show that psoriasis counts."

In addition to counting names, the Psoriasis Foundation is encouraging its advocates to write their representatives to support Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research, Cure, and Care Act (H.R. 1188/S. 1459), aka PPARCCA, the first-ever comprehensive psoriasis legislation.

"This bill is an important piece of legislation that will help people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis receive the treatment they need," said Beranek. "It also encourages the National Institutes of Health to strengthen biomedical research."

According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 7.5 million people are affected with psoriasis, a chronic, autoimmune disease that commonly appears on the body as red, scaly lesions that crack and bleed. Ten to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory disease which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.

"Many people believe psoriasis is a cosmetic skin condition," Beranek continued. "Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are serious diseases that have significant physical, emotional and social impacts."

Results from the National Psoriasis Foundation 2008 Survey Panel show that the disease has a significant impact on daily life, including shaping feelings, affecting perceptions and causing physical discomfort. To view the survey panel snapshot, visit http://www.psoriasis.org/2008snapshot.

"We're proud to participate in World Psoriasis Day," said Beranek. "Conceived by patients for patients, World Psoriasis Day is a global event that gives an international voice to the 125 million people worldwide with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis."

To learn more about World Psoriasis Day, visit http://www.worldpsoriasisday.com.

About World Psoriasis Day

Celebrated on Oct. 29 since 2004, the primary purpose of World Psoriasis Day is to raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis among patients, medical professionals and the general public, and to give people with psoriatic diseases the attention and consideration they deserve. World Psoriasis Day is sponsored by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA), a global consortium of patient associations from all over the world, including the National psoriasis Foundation, a founding member of the IFPA. Visit http://www.worldpsoriasisday.com to learn more.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

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


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