Nyaka Mwanza is a freelance writer for MyHealthTeams. She completed a B.A. in Communications: Visual Media from American University and undertook post-baccalaureate studies in Health/Behavioral Communications and Marketing at Johns Hopkins University. Nyaka is a Zambian-born, E.U. citizen who was raised in sub-Saharan Africa and Jacksonville, N.C. However, she has called Washington, D.C., home for most of her life. For much of her career, Nyaka has worked with large global health nonprofits focused on improving health outcomes for women and children. Nyaka believes words hold immense power, and her job is to meet the reader where they are, when they’re there.

4 Misconceptions About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person’s overactive immune system causes the abnormal and rapid growth of skin cells, resulting in psoriasis’ tell-tale scaly, silvery-red patches of skin. These patches, called lesions, are often itchy and sometimes even painful. The lesions can crack and bleed, increasing the risk of infection and scarring.

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4 Myths About IBD and Diet

More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. are living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Despite how common the condition is, many myths about the condition persist. IBD is an umbrella term for a group of chronic, inflammatory, gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) are the two most common forms of IBD.

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