Psound Bytes

National Psoriasis Foundation

Psound Bytes is a podcast series presented by the National Psoriasis Foundation. Each episode, we'll talk with a leading expert about understanding, managing and thriving with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.

All Episodes

Treating scalp psoriasis can be problematic. Tirsa Quartullo, a doctoral prepared, board-certified family nurse practitioner with Arizona Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Phoenix, AZ, shares practical tips, over-the-counter products and cautions for care of scalp psoriasis. This Psound Bytes episode is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Janssen and UCB. 

Nov 30

25 min 2 sec

Maintaining healthy skin and managing moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis go hand in hand. For those with psoriasis, it's more than just symptoms. Listen as Barry and Tommy discuss their journeys with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and life with lasting skin clearance. Dr. Daniel Carrasco joins them to discuss a treatment option for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. This podcast episode is sponsored by Sun Pharma. For important safety information: https://bit.ly/2We7fIS . 

Nov 18

28 min 15 sec

Could dietary supplements offer a new lighter option for alleviating psoriasis symptoms? Hear from SkinBioTherapeutics CEO Stuart Ashman and CSO Dr. Catherine O'Neill about the science behind leveraging the gut-skin axis to improve skin health through a targeted blend of bacteria and from Chris, one of the participants in their recent study about his experience with his psoriasis. This episode is sponsored by AxisBiotix. 

Nov 2

16 min 29 sec

Celebrate World Psoriasis Day with NPF Medical Board member rheumatologist Dr. Soumya Reddy, NYU Langone Health, and Lisa Albany, AAD's Director of State Advocacy to hear how NPF, AAD, GRAPPA and PPACMAN work to build unity around policy, education and research to improve care for people with psoriasis and PsA. This World Psoriasis Day activity is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, CeraVe, Janssen and Novartis. 

Oct 29

29 min 5 sec

Join us for a conversation about types of vaccines and what's appropriate for use with immunosuppressive therapy. Dr. Sandy Chat from Indiana University School of Medicine and Dr. Christoph Ellebrecht, Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Dermatology at University of Pennsylvania, discuss the flu, shingles and mRNA vaccines. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB.

Oct 26

27 min 42 sec

Bullying may not be what you assume it is. Hear renowned psychologist Dr. Catherine Sanderson, Department of Psychology, Amherst College, address bullying that impacts youth and adults from types of behaviors, the bystander effect, and what actions can defuse bullying and build allies for a more positive environment. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. 

Oct 12

29 min 15 sec

Listen to this exciting update about the biggest treatment developments for biologics, oral agents and topicals for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Leading dermatologist Dr. Andrew Blauvelt, President of Oregon Medical Research Center in Portland shares clinical results, pathways, and why he's excited about such developments! This activity is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen and Novartis. 

Sep 28

31 min 25 sec

Is it plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis or both? Hear dermatologist and NPF Medical Board member Dr. G. Michael Lewitt from Illinois Dermatology Institute in Chicago discuss five types of psoriasis including symptoms, locations and treatment options. Newly diagnosed or not sure what type you have, this podcast is for you! This episode is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen and Novartis.  

Sep 1

20 min 1 sec

Join us for a discussion about collaborative care from the perspective of dermatologist and epidemiologist Dr. John Barbieri, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and NPF Board Chair Ron Grau. Hear how such care can be implemented and what can be done to shift siloed care to working as a team to improve your health outcomes. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB.

Aug 25

22 min 39 sec

Listen to a fascinating update about genetic signals, familial risk and the work that's being done to understand how psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis develop from leading dermatologist and geneticist Dr. James T. Elder, Kirk D. Wuepper Professor of Molecular Genetic Dermatology, University of Michigan, Department of Dermatology. This episode is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen and Novartis. 

Aug 11

17 min 9 sec

Personalized medicine, latest treatments such as IL-23, TK2 inhibitors and a novel treatment in phase 2 clinical trials are just part of the latest news for psoriatic arthritis provided by rheumatologist Dr. Asim Khan with Voyage Healthcare in Maple Grove, MN. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, and Novartis.

Aug 3

22 min 49 sec

Hear why the gut microbiome is important and what's the latest research exploring the Gut-Joint-Skin axis from rheumatologist and leading expert in the microbiome, Dr. Jose Scher, Director of the Psoriatic Arthritis Center and Director of the Microbiome Center for Rheumatology and Autoimmunity at NYU Langone Health. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. 

Jul 13

19 min 59 sec

Join us for a discussion with dermatologist Dr. Robert Kalb, Clinical Professor, Dept. of Dermatology at SUNY, Buffalo School of Medicine in Buffalo, NY, about hard-to-treat areas such as psoriasis on the nails, ears, nose, eyes, mouth and pustular psoriasis. Hear his message of hope for hard-to-treat areas. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB.

Jun 22

17 min 43 sec

Lesions, cracks and splits on the feet? Pain in the Achilles tendon?Listen as podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Matthew Paden from Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, CO addresses issues related to psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and foot care. This episode is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. 

Jun 15

29 min 32 sec

"Increasingly we're seeing psoriasis is also a disease of the brain causing depression and anxiety" says Dr. Evan Rieder, dermatologist and psychiatrist at NYU Langone Health. Hear more about this biological connection, forms of anxiety and how cognitive behavioral therapy can help overcome self distortions about living with psoriasis. This episode is supported by unrestricted educational grants from AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen and UCB. 

Jun 8

20 min 46 sec

In this episode, the NPF Advocacy Team breaks down a new insurance trend called "copay accumulator adjustment programs". These programs make it harder for patients to afford their treatments because copay assistance is no longer counting toward the deductible or out-of-pocket maximum. Request a free copay accumulator adjustment program resource at www.psoriasis.org/copay-accumulator or email the NPF Advocacy Team at action@psoriasis.org. 

Jun 1

17 min 13 sec

Hear Corey's journey with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and the physical, social and emotional impact it had on his life. Dr. April Armstrong, Associate Dean of Clinical Research at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, joins to offer advice for how to manage your symptoms and discusses a treatment option for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. This episode is sponsored by Sun Pharma. For more important Safety Information: https://bit.ly/2We7fIS .

May 27

26 min 54 sec

From diagnosis to management psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are similar but also distinctly different. Hear why from dermatologist Dr. Erin Boh, Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and rheumatologist Dr. Elizabeth Perkins from Rheumatology Care Center in Birmingham, AL. Psoriatic Arthritis Action Month is supported by unrestricted educational grants from AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen and Novartis. 

May 19

41 min 23 sec

Exercise is important but what if you have chronic pain and fatigue? Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Pam Bohling with Mountain States Hand and Physical Therapy in Colorado addresses this key issue and what's essential for joint friendly exercises from a physical therapist. Psoriatic Arthritis Action Month is supported by unrestricted educational grants from AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen and Novartis. 

May 11

24 min 40 sec

"People with psoriatic disease are sleeping less and not as well" per dermatologist Dr. Tina Bhutani, Co-Director of the Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center and Director of the Dermatology Clinical Research Unit at UCSF. Hear Dr. Bhutani discuss why, types of sleep disorders, effects and tips to help improve sleep. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. 

May 4

14 min 58 sec

Hear NPF Youth Ambassadors Sam and Jensen tell their story about being diagnosed, living and coping with psoriatic disease, and why they chose to become an inspiration to all as volunteer Youth Ambassadors! Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. 

Apr 22

27 min 59 sec

If you have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis you don't have to feel alone or overwhelmed by your disease journey. Hear from trained mentor Pattie and her mentee Andie how NPF's One to One Program offers peer support, ideas and inspiration for those with psoriatic disease. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. 

Apr 20

20 min 9 sec

Curious about celiac disease and if it's connected to psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis? Hear Brittany Link, registered and licensed dietitian at Advice for Eating in Houston, TX discuss symptoms, diagnosis, how CD differs from gluten sensitivity, and what to do if you think you have celiac disease. Psound Bytes is supported by  unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer and UCB. 

Apr 13

15 min 47 sec

Hear myth buster, dermatologist and rheumatologist Dr. Joseph Merola from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston give the facts about common myths associated with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and what it means for you, our listeners! Includes discussion about treatment remission and where we now on the path to a cure. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and UCB. 

Mar 9

32 min 56 sec

Dr. Elizabeth Perkins, founder of Rheumatology Care Center in Birmingham, AL, joins us to discuss different forms of arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis. Learn about the differences between each condition and the resources available to get on the path to diagnosis. This podcast episode is sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, which compensated Dr. Perkins for her time. For more information visit www.PsARealTalk.com. 

Mar 2

14 min 6 sec

Curious about the research funded through the NPF? Hear about key research initiatives such as the PsA Diagnostic Test Grant and the Psoriasis Prevention Initiative along with the latest updates from Dr. Stacie Bell, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, and Jackie Domire, Associate Director of Research and Medical Affairs. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and UCB. 

Feb 23

49 min 50 sec

Join us as we celebrate Founder's Week with a look at the then and now of psoriasis management with Pete Miller, a member of NPF's Board of Directors and former school principal who has lived with psoriasis for 59 years. Hear Pete's incredible story, his challenges and how psoriasis treatments have changed so much over the years. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and UCB. 

Feb 18

27 min 59 sec

Curious about MyPsoriasisTeam? Join co-founder and CEO Eric Peacock and MyPsoriasisTeam members Laurinda Knight, Vanessa Scott and Paul Gallant to hear how MyPsoriasisTeam has been paramount in their journey with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. While you are at it join the free community here: https://bit.ly/3pklYyh. Psound Bytes is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and UCB. 

Jan 26

43 min 14 sec

COVID-19 vaccines have arrived! COVID-19 Task Force Co-Chairs, dermatologist Dr. Joel Gelfand, Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center at Penn, and rheumatologist Dr. Christopher Ritchlin, Psoriasis Center, University of Rochester Medical Center return to discuss vaccine safety, effectiveness, and use with psoriatic disease treatments. This program is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and UCB. 

Jan 14

32 min 53 sec

Join us as Psound Bytes celebrates two years of great podcasts by highlighting favorite episodes selected by you our listeners! Listen to see if your favorite episodes are included like the "Emotional Side of Psoriatic Disease" or "Heart and Psoriatic Disease Connection". You'll also receive a hint as to what's coming in 2021! This program is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and UCB. 

Jan 7

24 min 54 sec

Listen as members of the NPF Advocacy team untangle the results of November's federal and state elections. Hannah and Patrick will also discuss what impact the results will have on those living with psoriatic disease and how they will influence NPF's Advocacy efforts over the next few years. Learn more at psoriasis.org/take-action. 

Dec 2020

21 min 1 sec

Do you have a sudden flare of psoriasis with small drop like plaques over large areas? You may have Guttate Psoriasis. Listen as dermatologist and dermatopathologist Dr. Steven Feldman, Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, addresses prevalence, triggers such as strep infection, and potential treatment options. This program is supported by unrestricted educational grants from AbbVie, Amgen and Lilly. 

Dec 2020

13 min 58 sec

If you have generalized pustular psoriasis and/or palmoplantar pustular psoriasis you know how much this form of psoriasis impacts your life. Hear dermatologist Dr. Kristina Callis Duffin from the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah discuss potential triggers, treatments, what to avoid and future treatments for GPP and PPP. This program is supported by unrestricted educational grants from AbbVie, Amgen and Lilly. 

Nov 2020

23 min 59 sec

Hear dermatologist and rheumatologist Dr. Joseph Merola, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, discuss a topic that's often hidden and tough to bring up - genital and inverse psoriasis. Listen as symptoms, confusion with other diseases, impact, and treatment options are addressed. This program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from AbbVie, Amgen and Lilly. 

Nov 2020

22 min 11 sec

Given the pandemic and how it's changed our world, it's tough not to feel anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or even depressed. Such feelings can make psoriasis worse. If this is how you feel, listen to our 100th episode as Licensed Professional Counselor Mary Maraventano Stried from Chicago, offer tips to change the impact and how we can reinvent our view of stress. This program is supported by charitable contributions from Bristol Myers Squibb. 

Nov 2020

34 min 8 sec

Hear Charles discuss his 40-year journey with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and how he advocated for himself when choosing a treatment. Meg McCoy, Senior Manager of Patient Support Services at Sun Pharma, also shares pertinent information on a treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and Sun Pharma's patient resources. This podcast episode is sponsored by Sun Pharma. For Important Safety Information: https://bit.ly/2We7fIS .

Oct 2020

26 min 20 sec

Hear rheumatologist Dr. Niti Goel, Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC discuss factors that impact clinical trials from inclusion of diversity in recruitment and process, to benefits and risks in participating. Be informed and be involved in steps towards a cure! This World Psoriasis Day activity is supported by charitable contributions from AbbVie, CeraVe, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Lilly and Novartis. 

Oct 2020

37 min 15 sec

Topicals are the most commonly used therapy for psoriasis. Hear why and what the therapy options are during a discussion of the sixth "Guidelines of Care for the Management of Psoriasis" from dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Prater, Medical Director, Healthy Skin Dermatology in Oklahoma City. Includes a quick discussion of alternative medicine. This guideline activity is supported by grant funding from Bausch Health Foundation, Celgene and Novartis. 

Oct 2020

22 min 4 sec

Have you or a family member recently transitioned to Medicare or have questions about out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs?  Listen as NPF staff discuss the common challenges the psoriatic disease community commonly experience with Medicare Part D. Learn more about Part D's structure, if the donut hole has really closed, and options to address your out-of-pocket costs. Visit psoriasis.org/take-action for more information on NPF's advocacy. 

Oct 2020

14 min 39 sec

Feeling stress, anxiety or depression? Hear Dr. Theodore Stern, Chief of the Avery D. Weisman, Psychiatry Consultation Services at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Arianne Shadi Kourosh, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School discuss strategies you can use to change your perspective of such emotions to truly face psoriatic disease. This episode is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Lilly and Novartis. 

Oct 2020

24 min 3 sec

Have you ever had to try other medications before you get the one you and your doctor originally chose? This is called step therapy. Listen to this podcast to learn how NPF and others are advocating for federal step therapy legislation called the "Safe Step Act". Learn more at psoriasis.org/take-action or if you are experiencing step therapy, contact the Patient Navigation Center at education@psoriasis.org. 

Sep 2020

14 min 6 sec

Hear the facts about this controversial and rapidly evolving topic, medical use of cannabis-based products for chronic pain with dermatologist Dr. Jason Hawkes, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, Davis. Listen to Dr. Hawkes discussion about key components, actions, effects, interactions and how it relates to chronic pain in psoriatic disease. 

Sep 2020

32 min 48 sec

Listen as pulmonologist, Dr. Albert Rizzo, Chief Medical Officer at the American Lung Association and member of Christiana Care Pulmonary Associates in Newark, DE, and Deb Brown, Chief Mission Officer with the American Lung Association, discuss the relationship between lung health, systemic inflammation and psoriasis. This episode also includes a free special offer for our listeners from the American Lung Association! Listen to learn more about this free offer!

Aug 2020

23 min 39 sec

Take action during Psoriasis Action Month by learning why it's important to participate in the PsoProtectMe global survey. Hear from Professor Catherine Smith, Professor of Dermatology and Therapeutics and Consultant Dermatologist, and Dr. Satveer Mahil, a Consultant Dermatologist, from St. John's Institute of Dermatology, Kings College London, about how this survey can advance our understanding of COVID-19 and other factors that  impact the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. 

Aug 2020

21 min 35 sec

With COVID-19 telehealth became more prevalent in use and with this pivot came challenges and benefits. Hear dermatologist Dr. George Han, System Medical Director for Dermatology at Mount Sinai Health System and Chief of Teledermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discuss the challenges and tips for making telehealth visits with psoriatic disease a successful experience. This Psound Bytes activity is supported by charitable contributions from Amgen, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson, and Novartis. 

Jul 2020

30 min 12 sec

Wonder what choices are available for oral agents? Listen to a discussion of systemic nonbiologic therapies as addressed in the fifth "Guidelines of Care for the Management of Psoriasis" with preeminent dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Gordon, Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The future of oral agents sounds promising! This guidelines activity is supported by grant funding from Bausch Health Foundation, Celgene and Novartis. 

Jul 2020

21 min 31 sec

The world as we know is changing daily and so did the traditional NPF Capitol Hill Day. Learn about the policies we supported to improve access to care for the psoriatic disease community and how easy it is to advocate from home. To learn more and join our efforts visit advocate.psoriasis.org. 

Jun 2020

16 min 30 sec

Curious about what triggers psoriatic disease and what to do about flare management? Listen as Dr. Arianne Shadi Kourosh, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and Dr. Theodore Stern, Chief of the Avery D. Weisman, Psychiatry Consultation Services and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, address the physical and emotional triggers that can flare psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and what you can do to overcome this causality effect. This Psound Bytes activity is supported by a charitable contribution from Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. 

Jun 2020

27 min 54 sec

Nail psoriasis affects up to 55 percent of people with psoriasis and it's tough to treat. Hear why it's difficult to treat and what options are available for managing nail psoriasis from leading dermatologist and NPF Medical Board member, Dr. April Armstrong, Director of the Psoriasis Program, Department of Dermatology at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. This activity is supported by grant funding from AbbVie, Amgen and Lilly. 

Jun 2020

14 min 59 sec

Hear what factors are considered beyond joint pain and location of psoriasis plaques when exploring a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis from renowned rheumatologist and NPF Board Member, Dr. Elaine Husni, Vice Chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Disease and Director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at the Cleveland Clinic. Psoriatic Arthritis Action Month is supported by educational grant funding from AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Lilly, Novartis and Pfizer. 

May 2020

25 min 54 sec