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Commentary: Genetic studies suggest that inflammatory skin diseases increase the risk of COVID-19.

Professor Francesca Capon provides a commentary An article recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology1 suggests that diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis increase the risk of COVID-19 by approximately 50%.

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In the Lab with IPC Councilor Nicole Ward

Dr. Ward is a Professor of Dermatology and Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She has spent the past 16 years developing mouse models to help identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying inflammatory skin disease and its associated comorbidities.

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Commentary: Cytokine inhibitors have a low prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 seroconversion

n a recent publication in Nature Communications1 a team from Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany described their findings from a cross-sectional population cohort study on the prevalence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin G (IgG) in patients with chronic immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) on cytokine-blocking treatments. This patient cohort was compared against subjects with IMIDs, not on cytokine inhibitors, health care workers, and healthy controls. The findings from this study showed that patients with IMID on cytokine inhibitors had a lower prevalence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG response compared to the other three cohorts. To assess whether this could be accounted for by differences in social exposure between the groups, the investigators assessed exposure risk variables in the four groups and found those to be similar between the two IMID groups and less than that of health care workers.

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Introducing the IPC Academy Online

IPC Academy Online, a free online learning platform, has been designed to provide expert insight, timely research, and practical information to dermatologists anywhere in the world to improve the care of psoriasis patients.

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