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Wednesday
Feb222012

Kardashians’ 'Diet' Drugs Under Attack

Don Arnold/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Kim and Khloe Kardashian may have gotten themselves into legal hot water with their promotion of the diet drug QuickTrim.

According to the New York Post, the New York City law firm Bursor & Fisher has filed a class-action against QuickTrim’s manufacturers, Windmill Health Products in New Jersey, for the product’s promotion and marketing claims, which include the Kardashian sisters as celebrity users of QuickTrim.

In an email sent to Quick Trim customers, the Post reported, the company noted, “The active ingredient in QuickTrim weight loss products is a large dose of caffeine...The FDA has determined that caffeine is not safe or effective for weight loss.”

QuickTrim was hitched to Kim and Khloe’s star in 2009 when the duo became the product’s celebrity endorsers. In January 2010, Kim claimed that she used QuickTrim and dropped 15 pounds. Khloe professed a similar weight loss a few months later. Since then, the product has earned Windmill Health Products $45 million windfall in revenue.

The products are sold nationwide at such chains as Walmart, CVS and Walgreens. The company’s website claims that QuickTrim products, which range from pills to powdery drinks, can help burn calories, cleanse the bodies, curb appetite and boost energy. The website also warns that, “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

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Friday
Jul292011

Kardashian's Disease Helps Other Sufferers

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Reality star Kim Kardashian publicly revealed a nasty rash to her dermatologist on a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians -- eventually leading to the delivery of an important message to the millions of Americans who have the autoimmune disease psoriasis: Be comfortable in your own skin.

The National Psoriasis Foundation is so pleased with the television diva's openness about of her skin condition that it has heralded it on its website and says it hopes it brings more awareness to a disease that can be devastating socially.

It's not just a skin condition. In about 30 percent of all cases, the disease can develop into psoriatic arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints that can be disabling. The disease can also put patients at risk for many more serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and depression.

"Kim Kardashian is brave to come out when her stock and trade is being so beautiful, and I think she's got a lot of self-confidence to do that," said Catie Coman, director of communications for the National Psoriasis Foundation.

"A lot of people with psoriasis cover up and feel a certain amount of shame and embarrassment, because the disease is so visible and people think it's contagious," she said. "They face discrimination in public. Everyone with moderate to severe psoriasis has a story about being kicked out of a pool or a salon."

Psoriasis is not contagious. Both genetics and the immune system plan a role in the onset of the disease. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.

The red patches most often appear on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso, but can develop anywhere. Kardashian told her doctor she was most concerned about her face, but was reassured that patches on the face are rare.

Her mother, Kris Jenner was also diagnosed at age 30.

Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the United States, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. It is often misdiagnosed as a rash, ringworm or other skin irritation, such as eczema, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

There are five types: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic. Like Kardashian, nearly 80 percent of people with the disease have plaque psoriasis, which appears as red, raised patches.

About 30 percent of those who develop the skin disease also go on to develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis that can affect mobility.

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Monday
Jul252011

Kim Kardashian Diagnosed With Psoriasis

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian took a break from photo shoots and celebrity engagements to visit her dermatologist on Sunday night's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. After finding red, flaky patches of skin on her legs, Dr. Harold Lancer diagnosed the reality star with psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder that causes rapid skin cell growth that can manifest itself as thick silvery scales and itchy dry red patches on the skin.

"People don't understand the pressure on me to look perfect," Kardashian said on the show. "When I gain a pound, it's in the headlines. Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these spots?"

Lancer suggested that she "lead an easier, slower-paced life."

"That's just not possible," she replied.

Catie Coman, director of communications for the National Psoriasis Foundation, empathized with the reality star. "The population can often be very cruel because they think the disease is contagious or has to do with being dirty," said Coman, who noted that LeAnn Rimes also battled the condition. "Celebrities with psoriasis are under intense pressure, and stress is a trigger for psoriasis."

Most types of psoriasis go through cycles in which the condition flares up for a few weeks or months, then subsides for a period of time.

"Once you're diagnosed with it, you don't know how often or severe you're going to get it," said Dr. Lawrence Green, a Washington, D.C., dermatologist and member of the board of trustees at the National Psoriasis Foundation. "She can try different treatments and see how they keep the rash at bay. You just have to wait and see."

Kardashian is one of 7.5 million Americans who have the disorder, which can range from a mild skin rash to a debilitating condition. Experts say smoking, alcohol and high stress levels can contribute to outbreaks. Obesity, stress, viral and bacterial infections such as HIV and, most significantly, a family history, put a person at an increased risk of psoriasis. About 30 percent of psoriasis patients will be diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a chronic condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joints.

Kardashian's mother was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 30.

Kardashian's publicist did not return requests for comment, but from watching the short clip of Kardashian at the doctor's, Green said her psoriasis patches could probably be treated with an ointment or excimer laser, a type of ultraviolet light that slows skin cell growth.

Creams and ointments can successfully treat mild to moderate psoriasis outbreaks, while injections, ultraviolet light lasers and oral medications are available for more serious outbreaks.

"People with psoriasis should know that they don't have to live with it," said Green. "It can be very well treated. They just have to take those first steps and go see a dermatologist."

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