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Study data points to periodontal disease as psoriasis risk factor

from ModernMedicine

Analyses of prospectively collected data from the Nurses' Health Study suggest periodontal disease may be a risk factor for psoriasis, reported Sarah Nakib, M.D., M.P.H., at the 2011 meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. Nakib is a resident, department of dermatology and internal medicine, University of Minnesota. She worked on the study under the mentorship of Abrar A. Qureshi, M.D., M.P.H., Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School. Nakib, Qureshi, Jiali Han, Ph.D., and members of their lab investigated an association between PD and the development of psoriasis using self-reported dental history information collected in questionnaires administered to participants in the longitudinal NHS between 1992 and 2000. Self-reported data on periodontal bone loss available from more than 60,000 women was used as a proxy for diagnosis of PD and represented the primary exposure analyzed as a risk factor for psoriasis. more


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