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Jan 1, What Is Eczema? Has Finally Joined Twitter!

Happy New Year. My first blog post of 2017 is to share that What Is Eczema? has finally become a part of the wonderful world of Twitter. It’s been a long time coming and I hope you decide to come over and follow me :) I’m looking forward to tweeting, re-tweeting and sharing anything interesting or informative. I hope to see you over there :)
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Jan 11, Researchers Are Looking To Develop A New Treatment

Researchers at a university in Japan have found that a certain protein, called endothelial PAS domain protein 1 (EPAS1), plays a part in producing a cytokin, interleukin 31 (IL-31). IL-31 has been shown to make the itch feel itchy. Some previous research showed that in atopic dermatitis patients the levels of IL-31 in the body can be more than 10 times higher. Doctors are now looking to find a medicine that can inhibit the production of EPAS1, so less IL-31 is produced.
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Mar 15, Sanofi’s Dupilumab Joins UK’s Early Access Scheme

Patients with atopic dermatitis are to get early access to Sanofi’s dupilumab before it is given marketing authorisation in the UK. This is after some positive research results were received from testing. It will be available to adult patients who have severe atopic dermatitis that has not responded to, or are unable to use, other treatments.
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Mar 20, Study Shows That The Properties Of Superfine Merino Wool Can Benefit Children With Eczema

A study has been looking at the effects of superfine merino wool on children with eczema. The results have been positive so far with children reporting less irritation and itchiness. It has been found that the ultra fine fibres help to regulate the body’s temperature. It also stops moisture getting caught between clothing and the skin helping to create a healthy environment for eczema.
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May 19, Free App Can Help Track Seasonal Allergies

Allergy sufferers can download a new free app that can help track seasonal allergies. You can record and track your allergic responses as they happen. This information will then be shared anonymously with scientists to help them understand more about allergies in the UK. If you or a family member suffers from allergies and you want to get involved in this research you can find out where to download the #BritainBreathing app at here
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Jul 10, My New Aloe Vera Plant

My friend has very kindly given me one of her aloe vera plants. I’m quite excited by this, but it’s looking a little sorry for itself and I have no idea how to get it back to it’s best so I can use the gel or juice from the leaves. I’ve decided to ask for advice from my Facebook and Twitter followers, and also do some Google research! I will update a post with how my plant gets healthy, hopefully, it’s not a lost cause, and how I get on with extracting the gel…I think it may get messy! :)
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