Some eczema-related news from Japan
Here are some news from Japan.
The team of Kochi University and Osaka University found the reason why warm temperatures cause itchiness (article here).
Chiba University discovered that Protein "Sox4" can suppress chronic allergy and eczema. Unfortunately the article is behind a paywall, if anyone has a subscription to Nature Immunology they can find out more for themselves here.
Regarding Periostin protein, Dr. Mototsugu Fukaya is apparently interested in the theory and is starting clinical trial on the effects of clofibrate. I am taking part in Dr. Fukaya's clinical trial on clofibrate. And based on his hypothesis, clofibrate would only work if you have history of topical steroids use. If clofibrate proves to be effective, would you go back to topical steroid?
On the other hand, Dr. Kenji Sato seems skeptical on the theory stating on his latest blogpost "the new theory is trying to explain eczema chronicity from the allergology perspective. Basically, eczema is not related to allergy, therefore this reasoning would do nothing." He also wonders that this may be propaganda by media to "conceal the fact severe eczema is triggered by topical steroids" by offering the new allergy theories on eczema.