March 2021
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Managing Scalp Psoriasis

Dr. Irina Turchin, MD, FRCPC, is a Dermatologist at the Brunswick Dermatology Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Margaret Peters is a member of the CPN community who runs a Saskatchewan awareness group—Unmasking Psoriasis. We recently connected with them to discuss managing scalp psoriasis from both a dermatologist and a patient perspective. 

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Wellness Corner

Perspectives on what it means to live well with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from our members and community.

The Tools of Mindfulness: Mind Over Matter
By: Anna Hovsepian

The first article that I wrote for CPN discussed my multidimensional approach to living well with psoriasis and the content of the article encompassed physical, dietary, and mindfulness techniques that work for me. In this article, I would love to share a few more tips on using a mindfulness approach as it helps me immensely on my skin journey. I want to touch on a tip that I mentioned previously which involved practicing nonjudgmental emotional awareness. Nonjudgmental emotional awareness requires focusing on letting go of secondary reactions in order to create room for emotional growth. For example, any negative thoughts that you have about yourself after a bad flare could be understood and forgiven, in order to focus on creating more room for positive thoughts in regard to your body and/or skin. This routine of creating more room for focusing on positivity is highly applicable to many mindfulness techniques including the one I will be discussing today – taking control of thinking traps.
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What's Happening at CPN


Join CPN and expert dermatologist, Dr. Irina Turchin, MD, FRCPC for this free webinar to get an overview of current psoriasis information on approved treatments in Canada and insights for patients seeking care and treatment.
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Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Survey for Women with Arthritis and Psoriasis

People living with arthritis and psoriasis are often diagnosed in the prime of their lives when they are considering a variety of health-related reproductive decisions related to contraception, sexual health, identity, and family planning goals.

For many reasons, women-identified people who live with these conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, enteropathic arthritis, undifferentiated arthritis, and psoriasis, have unique considerations and needs.

As a follow-up to our broader women's health survey and resources, the Canadian Psoriasis Network is working with the Canadian Arthritis Patients Alliance, the Canadian Spondylitis Association, and the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients to launch this Sexual and Reproductive Health survey!

Thanks to those who have filled the survey out; If you haven't yet, there's still time!

The survey closes on April 18, 2021 @ 11:59pm ET.

The survey is confidential and anonymous. It should take about 20 minutes to complete.

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Recording available: COVID-19 Vaccines - Current State of Knowledge for the Psoriasis Community 

In case you missed it, the recording of this webinar is posted on CPN’s website in English and French.

Policy and Advocacy 

To advance our goal of improving the lives of people affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in Canada, CPN is committed to providing input through government and other relevant consultations on issues that matter to our community.

Check out our Policy and Advocacy section on our website for our most recent posts. 

Thank you to everyone who helps to inform our submissions by responding to CPN surveys.
Youth Advisory Group

Are you between the ages of 18-30? Do you want to get involved in supporting the psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis community in Canada? CPN is seeking members under 30 to form a Youth Advisory Group to help support and plan some of our upcoming initiatives! If this sounds like you, please email to learn more!

What's New in Canada 

Easy access to a range of treatment options is essential for people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Here are some updates since our last email about what's happening in Canada:
  • SKYRIZI™ (risankizumab) has been added to public drug plans in all provinces and territories for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

Articles of Interest 

In each newsletter, we'll share a list of psoriasis-related links we think are interesting. Have you read anything you think we should share with the Network? Share your links with us on FacebookTwitter, or via email.

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*These are links to external news sites, for your interest. The Canadian Psoriasis Network does not necessarily support all views expressed in these external resources.

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