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The Healthy WAAY: Relieving Chronic Itch

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Doctors have found a drug that could offer relief from chronic itch

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Doctors have found a drug that could offer relief from chronic itch
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12502/7357316?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Mon, 14 May 2018 16:34:27 +0000 The Healthy WAAY: Relieving Chronic Itch Doctors have found a drug that could offer relief from chronic itch http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12502/7357316?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WAAY ABC Huntsville, AL their car. chronic itch affects up to 15 percent of the population and for many patients, it can be a life-changing condition because the urge to itch is always there, disrupting everyday activities and making it nearly impossible to sleep well. now, for the first time, doctors have found a drug that could finally offer relief a few years ago, jerry kwentus woke up and started down a frustrating path. cg jerry kwentus in: :06 out: :14 "i developed a severe chronic itch over most of my body. torso arms, legs, neck and hands." vo/narration..... the itching was relentless. for two and a half years, he tried everything doctors prescribed. nothing helped. jerry kwentus in: :20 out: :26 "overall, i was miserable. i couldn't sleep soundly at night and in the daytime, i couldn't concentrate." vo/narration..... then he found doctor brian kim at the center for the study of itch at washington university in saint louis. cg brian kim, md dermatologist washington university in st. louis in: :33 out: :36 "in severe forms, it is absolutely debilitating." vo/narration..... while searching for molecules in nerves that might be responsible for itch, doctor kim found one called jak. brian kim, md in: :42 out: :48 "all itch has to go through your nerves back up to your brain, so we thought it we can block this, maybe we can treat itch." vo/narration..... he looked for drugs that block jak and found tofacitinib , a drug already f-d-a approved for rheumatoid arthritis. this new drug is f-d-a approved and can be prescribed off- label by physicians, but it's up to insurance companies whether or not they'll cover it. if it's not covered by insurance, the drug costs more





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