Chronic and lifestyle diseases in dire need of cash injections

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Chronic and lifestyle diseases in dire need of cash injections

A nurse and lifelong sufferer of psoriasis shines a light on discrimination and neglect

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From primary school, Vicky Pinkney-Atkinson had no friends and was often teased that she was dirty and had nits or lice in her hair because of silvery scales she had as a result of a skin disease that nobody understood.

Her childhood with psoriasis not only led to her being bullied, but from as young as 10 she had excruciating pain on her back and joints that doctors could not figure out.

It was only after the age of 40 that the chronic pain was linked to psoriatic arthritis – a form of arthritis that affects people who live with psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune condition that causes red patches and scaling of the skin...

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