Assessment
Questionnaire

Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
 
News » Compound related to anti-anxiety drugs may provide an effective treatment for psoriasis
 

Compound related to anti-anxiety drugs may provide an effective treatment for psoriasis

Scientists from the University of Michigan have found that the compound called benzodiazepine-423 (related to the anti-anxiety drugs Valiuma and Zanaxa) can suppress cell growth in psoriasis. Over 4.5 million US people suffer from psoriasis or the associated form of arthritis and it costs the country up to $4.3 billion annually. Current topical steroid treatments are nonselective steroid treatments cause damage to normal tissues if used for a long time. Another treatment involves injections which is expensive, inconvenient and more prone to side effects. The new compound may be applied topically and is selective. This compound may also have the potential to be used in combination with Retin-A for acne and skin damage treatment. Retin-A on its own often causes symptoms similar to psoriasis. Benzodiazepine has previously been shown to have some beneficial effects in treating lupus.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Science Blog

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Compound related to anti-anxiety drugs may provide an effective treatment for psoriasis

Date: 10 December 2004

Source: Science Blog

URL: http://www.scienceblog.com/community/article4882.html

Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Chemical signals involved in cancer causes found
  • Chemical used in manufacture of some plastics may promote prostate cancer growth
  • Chemicals in shampoos may have negative effect on developing fetus
  • Chemotherapy effectiveness may be improved by hearburn medication
  • Chemotherapy may induce osteoporosis
  • Cherries may have the potential to alleviate arthritic symptoms
  • Chicken pox vaccine may prove effective against shingles as well
  • Child abuse cleared after 6 year old dies
  • Child death in Disneyland due to congenital heart condition
  • Childhood 'clumsiness' explained
  • Childhood arthritis often misdiagnosed as growing pains
  • Childhood asthma is a chronic problem
  •  

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise