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Cure for Psoriasis - a possiblity

Psoriasis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)WebMD defines psoriasis as a "baffling and persistent skin disorder." With no real cure and treatment methods that have side effects, psoriasis can be a daunting condition to handle. Although, it is not a life threatening condition, it does reduce the quality of life and according to WHO estimates, affects more than 140 million people on the planet. Drugs, currently, in the market are primarily aimed at suppressing the immune system in general. So, although, symptoms reduce, the body is not putting up its best defense and the patient is prone to secondary infections. However, a promising study published in Science Translational Medicine might just enable us to treat psoriasis and not just symptomatically. But to understand this, we first need to look into what really happens in psoriasis.
Psoriasis involves the abnormal production of skin cells due to a cascade of inflammatory responses which are triggered by Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) and

Salamanders helping us heal fractures faster

Salamanders are best known for their ability to regrow their amputated limbs. While regrowing limbs in humans might sound like science fiction for now, the canonical Wnt signalling pathway, which allows salamanders to regrow their limbs, plays an important role in maintenance of our body and also during the process of healing. 
Recent research has shown that the Canonical Wnt pathway can be stimulated to promote faster healing of fractures. My story on this was published recently in Health Section of The Wire. 
Read the complete story here