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Psoriasis is likely to take a toll on the mental condition of individuals. According to a study in the recent past, people with the common skin condition psoriasis may be at increased risk of depression.



Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that leads to thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales which can be itchy for the diseased.

The researchers believe that the connection between psoriasis and depression may be linked owing to public stigmatization attached to it.

The precariousness of the disease gets visible on the skin in the summer months owing to persistent exposure. The ones who are unfamiliar with the disease may end up reacting unfavorably to people who have it.

“The public should know that psoriasis is not contagious, so there is no need to act differently around psoriasis patients than you would around anyone else,” said Roger Ho, assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine.

The researchers did a case study that comprised of 12,382 adult patients having problems of depression and psoriasis.

About 16.5 percent of the psoriasis patients met the criteria for major depression, and the odds of having major depression were doubled among psoriasis patients.

While the researchers initially expected that patients’ likelihood of depression would be linked to the severity of their psoriasis, but the research indicated that this was not the case.

“It seems that it really depends on the patient’s’ view of themselves, rather than the extent of their psoriasis,” He noted.

The findings were presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s ongoing summer academy meeting in New York, US.


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New Education Policy 2020

On the first day of the two-day meeting of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders on Tuesday, discussions were held on important issues related to education and the National Education Policy-2020.

Apart from senior RSS leader Suresh Soni, representatives of various organisations associated with the Sangh Parivar -- working in the field of education -- were present in the meeting in New Delhi.

According to sources, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who attended the meeting on behalf of the government, shared information related to the National Education Policy-2020 and the government's policy on important issues related to the education sector. Pradhan also shared details of the efforts being made by the government in the field of education.

Discussions were also held regarding the impact of the situation arising out of Corona and how much it has affected the education sector.

In the meeting, the RSS leaders asked several questions and provided suggestions to the Union Minister regarding the education policy of the government.

According to the sources, RSS wants the policy to be implemented expeditiously. All aspects related to the policy were discussed in Tuesday's meeting.

On the second and the last day of the meeting on Wednesday, special issues related to education will be discussed in which representatives of various organisations of the Sangh, Union Ministers and several BJP leaders will be take part.

Meanwhile, in order to convey its point of view to the government on various issues, the Sangh keeps on calling such coordination meetings related to specific issues, in which RSS representatives -- working in that particular area -- provide feedback to the government. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: BJP, RSS, New Education Policy, Education, India


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