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Research

by Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD Eczema research continues to shed new light on several aspects of this chronic condition. NEA asked Dr. Fried- man to help us understand a bit more about a particularly exciting aspect of emerging science. What are biomarkers?
Why are they important?
 Biomarkers are reproducible and measurable indicators that can allow one […]

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by Monica Enamandram, MD Itching is one of the hallmark symptoms of a number of skin diseases. Chronic itch can cause substantial suffering and unfortunately affects millions of Americans. Although a variety of treatments are available for itch, nonetheless this symptom can be difficult to treat for both patients and providers. A significant clinical and […]

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November 3, 2015 – A research team at Emory University was awarded a NEA Research Grant for their pilot study of the efficacy of meditation for treatment of chronic pruritus (itch). Following is an interview about the study and results, with investigators Mamta Javari, MD, and Suephy Chen, MD.

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September 21 – The National Eczema Association (NEA) has awarded Dr. Aaron Drucker, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology at Brown University, with the NEA Burden of Disease Research Audit grant, the findings of which will help to raise the profile of eczema as a serious disease, to deliver stronger, more united messages to insurers, medical providers and policy-makers on behalf of the eczema community.

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by Peter Elias  The recent epidemic of atopic disorders, including asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis (AD), is associated with the shift of human populations from life in a largely rural, agrarian society to ever-more crowded, urban settings. While there is no doubt that rural life is protective, the usual explanation for the “immune hypothesis” […]

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August 3, 2015 – Eczema is the same in any country, in any language. Enjoy this video from our friends in Brazil and share it if you can relate to this family’s story.

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NEA formed a Scientific Advisory Committee Task Force to conduct a systematic review of topical corticosteroid withdrawal/topical steroid addiction in patients with atopic dermatitis and other dermatoses, and created a NEA education announcement on Topical Steroid Addiction/Withdrawal.

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March 31, 2015 – A ninth-century remedy for eye infections has been found to kill the modern-day superbug MRSA and disrupt naturally antibiotic-resistant biofilms in tests conducted by researchers.

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March 10, 2015 – There seem to be three major reasons why patients seek alternative medicine for atopic dermatitis: First, we simply don’t yet have a cure for this disease. Second, we can’t yet clearly explain why this disease occurs. While doctors try hard to describe factors that play a role in atopic dermatitis, such as cytokines and inflammatory cells, we still can’t pinpoint the root of the disease. Third, the outcomes of conventional atopic dermatitis treatments are not always consistent, and sometimes they are perceived as being unsafe.

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March 10, 2015 – On March 9, 2015, NEA CEO Julie Block, 13-year old eczema patient Isaiah, 17-year old eczema patient Gracie, and their parents were present at an important Food and Drug Administrative (FDA) hearing regarding the unmet medical need for atopic dermatitis therapies in pediatrics.

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