12 posts from January, 2013

A Study by Northwestern University School of Medicine Links Psoriasis to Obesity in Children

Posted January 29th, 2013 by

It’s no secret that being overweight comes with health risks like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack. After a new study, researchers from Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago are closer to adding psoriasis to the list. However, the study did not conclude if psoriasis influences obesity or visa versa. It’s still a bit like asking, ‘What came first, the chicken or the egg?’ Here are the facts of the study:

  • 409 children with psoriasis (ages 5-17) from nine countries participated
  • Children with psoriasis were twice as likely to be overweight
  • Obesity risk for children increased despite their psoriasis being mild or severe


According to Dr. Amy S. Paller, Chair of Dermatology at Northwestern Medicine, “one-third of all psoriasis cases start in childhood.” If there is a metabolic link between the two conditions, having a healthy lifestyle earlier on could prove important to managing not only weight and cardiovascular health, but psoriasis as well.

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You can find the entire text of the study here.

PatientsLikeMe’s Jamie Heywood Talks with INSEAD Knowledge

Posted January 28th, 2013 by

“That’s why we built PatientsLikeMe, to lower the cost of discovering new treatments and to measure and understand disease. Together, this community can help reduce the time to determine what works.”
Jamie Heywood

While attending the 2012 INSEAD Healthcare Alumni Summit in London last fall, PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood sat down with INSEAD Knowledge’s Editor-in-Chief Shellie Karabell to discuss PatientsLikeMe’s model and mission.  What role does Jamie see PatientsLikeMe playing in the healthcare system?  Why does he feel we are a social networking site only in the secondary sense?  How does privacy factor in to how we collect and share data?  Find out that and much more in this insightful interview and accompanying article.