Jane Schwanke

Indiana University Heath


Clinicians examine mind-body connection of urticaria, stress

June 01, 2012

Although the expression "I was so stressed I broke out in hives" is quite common, it can be a challenge for dermatologists to identify the psychosocial precipitants of chronic urticaria, according to Josie Howard, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice, and clinical instructor departments of psychiatry and dermatology, University of California, San Francisco. But that is beginning to change, she says.

Skin graft contractions: Full-thickness, split-thickness closures result in varied rates of tightening

December 01, 2009

Many factors guide decisions on choice of appropriate closure

Skin cancer & aging: Elderly patients need special consideration, but same choices

November 01, 2009

All patients should receive equal treatment for skin cancer, but there are important considerations when treating the elderly.

Cracking up: Waterless hand sanitizers, fragrances weaken nails

October 01, 2009

The surge in waterless hand sanitizers is creating an increase in brittle nails. An expert discusses some tried-and-true treatments that can help.

Dermatoses of pregnancy: Understanding, managing gestational risks

August 01, 2009

While most skin problems that may occur during pregnancy are harmless, some can pose risks for the mother and fetus.

Barrier repair: New generation of therapy works outside, inside to fight AD

February 01, 2009

One expert says dermatologists need no longer use drugs with significant side effects when treating atopic dermatitis - he has invented a new technology to repair the skin barrier.

Slaying MRSA: Not all OTC products created equal, study indicates

December 01, 2008

National report - An over-the-counter compound with essential oils is not only superior in completely killing community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus organisms, it also acts faster than two other OTC products for the prevention of skin and soft-tissue infections, researchers say.

Nasal reconstruction with the forehead flap

January 01, 2008

Reconstruction of the nose using a pedicled flap from the forehead is the top-of-the-line procedure when it comes to restoring contour, form and function to the nose following extensive skin cancer removal. While few dermatologists are well trained to perform it, many patients need and deserve this face-saving surgery. Here's what you should know.

VelaSmooth is safe, effective cellulite treatment

January 01, 2008

A study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the VelaSmoothâ„¢ laser system has shown that a combination of radiofrequency energy, infrared light and mechanical manipulation can provide positive results in the treatment of cellulite.

Herbal therapy for rosacea

November 01, 2006

National report - People are more often choosing herbal remedies to treat their chronic rosacea.