Dermatology

FDA Warns Companies Promoting Ineffective "Sunscreen Pills"

FDA Warns Companies Promoting Ineffective "Sunscreen Pills"

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Alternative sun protection products, including pills and dietary supplements, are misleading consumers through false marketing and advertising.

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Any images and personal stories that remind people about skin cancer, what to look for, even scars after surgery, really help save lives.

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology Could Expedite Care for Suspected Skin Cancer

Teledermatology is slightly more expensive but can expedite time to clinical resolution.

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Phone App Linked to Improved Psoriasis Treatment Adherence

Use of a smartphone app may improve short-term adherence to a cutaneous foam psoriasis treatment.

Guidelines Developed for Management of Certain Skin Cancers

Guidelines Developed for Management of Certain Skin Cancers

Guidelines have been developed for the management of basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

Obesity May Be Linked to Increased Risk for Rosacea in Women

Obesity May Be Linked to Increased Risk for Rosacea in Women

The risk for rosacea was higher among those with increased body mass index.

Physician Density Tied to Increased Use of Dermatology Procedures, More Billing to Medicare

Physician Density Tied to Increased Use of Dermatology Procedures, More Billing to Medicare

Higher dermatologist density is associated with increased use of dermatology procedures and subsequent billed charges to Medicare.

Pediatric Skin Conditions Accurately Diagnosed With Smartphone Photographs

Pediatric Skin Conditions Accurately Diagnosed With Smartphone Photographs

Smartphone photographs taken by parents are of sufficient quality to allow accurate diagnosis.

Increase in ER Visits for Herpes Zoster Seen From 2006 to 2013

Increase in ER Visits for Herpes Zoster Seen From 2006 to 2013

There was an increase in the number of emergency department visits and costs for HZ-related ER visits.

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

In the United States, dermatological conditions cost $75 billion in 2013, researchers say.

Indoor Tanning Cost US Health Care $343 Million Annually

Indoor Tanning Cost US Health Care $343 Million Annually

Skin cancers from ultraviolet light in devices totaled $343.1 million in 2015 alone, researchers say.

Dermatologists Shown to Receive Significant Industry Payments from Pharmaceuticals

Dermatologists Shown to Receive Significant Industry Payments from Pharmaceuticals

Dermatologists receive variations in nature and amount of payments from pharmaceutical companies, with the top 1% receiving at least $93,622.

Physicians Dressed in Professional Attire Preferred by Most Patients

Physicians Dressed in Professional Attire Preferred by Most Patients

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Most patients prefer their physicians in professional attire in most clinical settings, a study shows.

Forcing Wounds to Close

Forcing Wounds to Close

A collaborative study led by scientists from the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has revealed the mechanical forces that drive epithelial wound healing in the absence of cell-supporting environment.

Dermatologists’ Tips to Treat and Control Dandruff

Dermatologists’ Tips to Treat and Control Dandruff

Do you have a favorite black sweater, but youre afraid to wear it because of dandruff?

Penn Medicine Researchers Zero in on Psoriasis-Hypertension Link

Penn Medicine Researchers Zero in on Psoriasis-Hypertension Link

Patients with more severe psoriasis are also more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension, according to new research by a team at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

A Common Antimicrobial in Personal Hygiene Products Causes Liver Fibrosis and Cancer in Mice

A Common Antimicrobial in Personal Hygiene Products Causes Liver Fibrosis and Cancer in Mice

Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and many other household items.

Werewolf Syndrome (Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa)

Werewolf Syndrome (Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa)

Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa (CHL) is an extremely rare skin disease that has fascinated the public since the Middle Ages.

Vanderbilt Study Finds Elderly Face No Added Risk From Cosmetic Surgery

Vanderbilt Study Finds Elderly Face No Added Risk From Cosmetic Surgery

Senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients, according to a recent study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Is Waxing Good for You?

Is Waxing Good for You?

Taking pride in ones appearance can mean different things to different people. For some, its being well dressed and groomed; for others, it may be keeping up with the latest trends.

Sweet! Honey Making a Comeback as a Topical Treatment for Wounds

Sweet! Honey Making a Comeback as a Topical Treatment for Wounds

Honey has been used since ancient times as a delicious natural sweetener, but did you know that the substance was also known for thousands of years for its medicinal properties? Healers would wrap wounds with dressings made of sugar and honey, but with the development of antibiotics over half a century ago, the treatment faded into the recesses of history. Today, some doctors are reviving the old remedy at times when modern medicine has failed in treating a patient.

One Blade or 6? Is More Better?

One Blade or 6? Is More Better?

The average man will shave thousands of times during his lifetime. When young, perhaps while watching a brother, father, or grandfather shave, boys often look forward to the day when they too could shave like an adult. Initially, when coming of age, much like having a driver’s license, it’s fun. But you’re an adult now, and the fun quickly wears away. Like being sent on a milk run to the supermarket, or being stuck in traffic, shaving inevitably becomes a chore that adds another routine to an already hectic morning.

Study of Dermatology on YouTube Shows New Ways Science Reaches Public

Study of Dermatology on YouTube Shows New Ways Science Reaches Public

YouTube is for more than watching World Cup highlights, Brian Williams refreshing old-school rap classics, and videos of skateboarders landing in unfortunate positions on railings. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the Dermatology Online Journal shows that YouTube also allows researchers, journals, and health advocates to connect directly with the public on topics of skin cancer and prevention.

Quarterback Phil Simms Teams Up with the American Academy of Dermatology to Tackle Skin Cancer

Quarterback Phil Simms Teams Up with the American Academy of Dermatology to Tackle Skin Cancer

In recognition of Mens Health Awareness Month and the start of summer, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has released findings from a new survey, which found that more than 90% of American men know something about skin cancer, but only six in 10 (61%) know how to detect signs on their skin, and even fewer actually visit a doctor for annual skin cancer screenings (18%). These shortcomings were more apparent in younger men (18-34), who were also significantly less likely to believe that they are at risk for skin cancer than men over 35 (31% vs. 42%), and are more likely to protect their skin for cosmetic reasons than they are for health reasons (32% vs. 20%).

Tanning Mom Update

Tanning Mom Update

In May 2012, Patricia Krentcil, commonly known as the Tanning Mom, became a media spectacle after being charged with child endangerment for allegedly putting her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning booth. The 45-year-old denied the charges, claiming her daughter got sunburned the old-fashioned way, by playing outside. There was a flurry of press reports and outrage expressed at the time, and Krentcil got more than her share of 15 minutes of fame. This accusation came a few weeks after the Mayo Clinic announced that one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer, melanoma, had increased steadily for young women, and that this was attributed to the increased use of indoor tanning beds. Statistics indicate that consumers using indoor tanning beds have a 74% higher likelihood of developing melanoma.

Jackson Whites: Albinism, Piebaldness, and the Legendary People of the Ramapo Mountains

Jackson Whites: Albinism, Piebaldness, and the Legendary People of the Ramapo Mountains

Jackson Whites is a pejorative term for a group of people who have been living for centuries in the beautiful and remote Ramapo Valley, a breathtaking section of the Ramapo Mountains that crosses the New York/New Jersey border at Suffern, NY. Many believe this name is short for Jacks and whites, with Jacks purportedly having been slang for runaway slaves; however, this is just one of many currently unprovable myths regarding this population. The group has mainly a Native American, African American, and Caucasian heritage. They prefer to use the Dutch spelling to describe themselves as the Ramapough Mountain Indians; they also go by the name of Lenape Nation. There is little documentation of their over 300-year history in the area, largely because the Lenape people had no written language.

Blue Man Paul Karason Dies at 62

Blue Man Paul Karason Dies at 62

Until his death in 2013,  Paul Karason garnered attention from the media as the notorious blue man. However, Karason did not become famous on purpose. His trademark blue skin was the result of an alternative medical treatment he used to reduce the symptoms of dermatitis 15 years before he died. Although this treatment is known to be harmful, it did not cause his death, according to Fox News.

Michael Jackson’s Skin Condition

Michael Jackson’s Skin Condition

In the years before his death, several theories swirled around Michael Jacksons skin. Jacksons skin had been medium-brown in color since he was a child, but the pop superstars skin became noticeably lighter during the 1980s. In his 1991 book Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness, biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli accused Jackson of bleaching his skin to appear whiter. Taraborrelli does write that a doctor had diagnosed Jackson with vitiligo in the 1980s, but insists that the condition was the result of skin-bleaching chemicals rather than heredity.

Three Future Medical Technologies That May Become a Reality Sooner Than You Think

Three Future Medical Technologies That May Become a Reality Sooner Than You Think

The human race is relatively young. The universe is estimated to be approximately 13.8 billion years old, but Homo sapiens have only been in existence for the last 200,000 years. To put that into perspective, humans are less than 0.002% the age of the universe, or rather, a blip in time. And although our species may be in its infancy, humans have already greatly advanced technologically in the short time that we have walked the earth. Once we developed a written language, we were able to begin efficiently passing on our knowledge extra-genetically from one generation to the next. It is the coalescence of this knowledge that made man into the distinguished being that he is today.

Topical Testosterone Therapy Enhances Quality of Life for Older Men

Topical Testosterone Therapy Enhances Quality of Life for Older Men

Testosterone gives a man many of his male characteristics: big and strong muscles, a healthy sexual appetite, high energy levels, etc. But sagging testosterone levels cause a variety of symptoms that can reduce the quality of life for many older men. Testosterone therapy raises hormone levels to therapeutic levels to relieve these symptoms and restore quality of life. Topical testosterone, which is applied to the skin rather than taken internally, is one of the easiest and most common modes of delivery. Testosterone production declines naturally in the aging male body. The Cleveland Clinic says that 20% of men older than 60 years and 30% to 40% of those over 80 years have lower testosterone levels than younger men. Some medical disorders, such as stressful illnesses, surgery, heart attack, and cancer, can hasten this process and cause more serious testosterone deficiencies in some men.

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