Bill Gillette is a freelance writer based in Richmond Heights, Ohio.
Pioneer skin researcher dies
Richard Winkelmann, M.D., a physician and pioneering dermatology and pathology researcher at the Mayo Clinic, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Rochester recently. He was 88.
Noninvasive laser tightens skin
Noninvasive CO2 laser resurfacing treatments have shown effectiveness in skin tightening, according to a study published recently.
Overproduced protein tied to melanoma
A protein found on the surface of healthy skin cells could be linked to melanoma when overproduced, according to a new study.
Biologic therapies not linked to cancer
Recently developed biologic therapies developed for treating rheumatoid arthritis are not associated with an increased risk of cancer, according to investigators from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Educated patients more likely to ID melanoma
Patients who undergo an interactive education program, including skin self-examination (SSE) tutorials and telecommunications reminders, are more likely to identify melanoma, according to a recently published study.
MicroRNAs inhibit venous ulcer healing
Aberrantly expressed micro ribonucleic acids (miRNAs) may slow healing of chronic venous ulcers, a new study suggests.
Bacteria-laden mites may cause rosacea
Bacteria carried by mites on the skin may be the cause of rosacea, according to results of a new study.
Valeant to buy Medicis for $2.6B
Valeant Pharmaceuticals has agreed to buy Medicis Pharmaceutical in a deal valued at about $2.6 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013.
Tanning industry vilifies health authorities
Tanning salon owners in the United States are going on the offensive against physicians and other healthcare professionals in an attempt to maintain an industry worth nearly $5 billion a year.
Thyroid disease risk higher in vitiligo patients
The prevalence and risk of thyroid diseases are significantly higher among patients with vitiligo compared to those without the condition, according to a recently published study.
Vitamin B3 fights, protects against MRSA
Nicotinamide, better known as vitamin B3, may be capable of combating some antibiotic-resistant staph infections that threaten public health globally, according to a study.
IL-21 may prove effective in metastatic melanoma
Interleukin-21 demonstrated a significant overall response rate in first-line treatment of metastatic melanoma and warrants further examination, according to a new study.
Melanoma drugs can cause unique adverse events
Several unique immune-related adverse events in patients receiving either ipilimumab or tremelimumab may require a multidisciplinary medical team to manage, researchers say.
Officials trace infections to tattoo ink
Health officials have identified a type of prediluted ink as the source of skin infections in tattoos that have been reported in four states.
FDA seeks more information on nanoparticles
The Food and Drug Administratio’s Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee has requested that the agency be more specific on what nanotechnology products it is regulating and how it is doing so.
App to connect acne patients with dermatologists
Patients with acne looking for a dermatologist may not have to go much farther than the nearest computer or smartphone once NoviMedicine, a new telemedicine firm, launches its system for linking potential patients with dermatologists for remote diagnosis and treatment.
High-risk HPV found in penile carcinomas
High-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) infection in a subset of penile squamous cell carcinomas (PSCCs) may develop from undifferentiated penile intraepithelial neoplasia (PeIN), a new study reveals.
Infantile hemangiomas grow early, quickly
Infantile hemangiomas grow faster and earlier in infants than previously thought, according to new research findings.
Task force updates vitiligo guidelines
New guidelines for treating vitiligo cite phototherapy and combination therapy as the most effective management techniques.
CMS to cover plasma gel in clinical trials
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will cover autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) gel for patients suffering chronic wounds only in approved clinical trials.
Blood pressure meds boost lip cancer risk
Certain blood pressure medications may increase the risk of lip cancer among non-Hispanic whites, according to results of a new study.
Jury awards $18M in Accutane suit
Roche Holding was ordered by a New Jersey jury to pay $18 million in damages to two former users of the acne medicine it once produced, Accutane (isotretinoin).
Immune cell activation may affect melanoma outcome
Immune cells can be activated in the tumors of some patients with melanoma, potentially influencing clinical outcomes, new research indicates.
Spray-on treatment speeds leg ulcer healing
A spray-applied cell therapy now known only as HP802-247 could be the next major step in the treatment of venous leg ulcers.
More evidence links indoor tanning to melanoma
Additional evidence points to indoor tanning as a significant risk for contracting melanoma, according to a French research team.
Sirolimus reduces post-transplant skin cancer risk
Patients who have undergone kidney transplants are less likely to develop skin cancer when given sirolimus for immunosuppression than if they receive calcineurin inhibitors, a French study suggests.
Energy-efficient light bulbs may harm skin
Compact fluorescent light bulbs may be beneficial for the environment, but they could harm human skin, researchers warn.
Researchers identify melanoma-driving genes
Melanoma researchers may now have a better idea of which genes damaged by ultraviolet radiation actually drive the disease.
Scientists grow vessels from autologous fat
Liposuction can provide raw materials for engineers to grow small-diameter blood vessels, new research suggests.
California law targets illegal medspas
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill designed to curtail the unlicensed practice of medicine, particularly medical spas and similar aesthetic procedure clinics.
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