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Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.

Psoriasis

I have developed psoriasis, and I find it a nuisance. It is in my scalp and it catches my comb. Do you have any advice?

Psoriasis, unfortunately, is a common skin disorder. It causes irritation, redness, and scaly, silvery-white patches. It often occurs in families, and may well be a condition caused by autoimmune processes.

Normal skin grows from a basal layer of cells that multiply in number through division of cells—one into two, two, and so forth. As these cells come to the surface, they flatten and are called squamous cells. They lose their nuclei and are, on the surface, microscopic little scales that rub …

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