Transplanting with "follicular unit" grafts — consisting of one to four follicles as they emerge naturally from the scalp — for all transplant areas has simplified the process.
National report — The Food and Drug Administration's plans for 2007 and beyond include greater attention to postmarket risks and more timely reviews of medical devices, including those used for plastic and reconstructive surgery, spokesmen say.
National report — A pilot study has identified gadolinium within the soft tissues of patients with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), formerly known as nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy.
RCM has shown promise in clinical studies evaluating its potential in melanoma diagnosis.
To ensure that patients understand their doctors' messages, Dr. Kobylarz also recommends using teach back techniques, whereby patients explain what they understand, and "show me" techniques, through which they emonstrate a skill such as how to use medications.
National report — Studying the genetic roots of mosaic disorders often presenting in pediatric patients could provide important insights into how effected genes function — and, possibly, direction for future treatments, an expert says.
Toronto While plasma and CO2 laser resurfacing technologies each offer distinct advantages for perioral treatments, meeting patients goals and preferences is the key to success, an expert says.
"Usually, when kids go to the clinic, especially if they're little, they get so many vaccinations that when one takes off their clothes, they think they're getting a shot," explains Papri Sarkar, M.D., a third-year resident in Harvard's dermatology training program. "Also, I try to avoid using gloves unless they're clinically necessary."
National report — For many hair removal indications, existing lasers perform well, an expert says.
National report — A new four-year, $13 million initiative aims to give treatments for chronic wound healing a much-needed shot in the arm through a combination of envelope-pushing science and interdisciplinary teamwork.