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Animal Research Minute – Could a common skin disease cause heart problems?

Well, Case Western Reserve researchers have found a link between chronic skin inflammation, called psoriasis, and an increased risk of heart disease. Psoriasis causes inflamed, scaly red patches of skin and affects about six million people in the U.S. By studying mice, researchers discovered the skin disease leads to inflammation in the large arteries, which then causes heart disease. By understanding how the skin disease causes heart problems, scientists can develop solutions for people living with psoriasis.

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