Cleveland - Adolescent tanning behavior has not received sufficient attention by researchers and should be considered with other risk behaviors such as substance abuse and sexual activity, according to Catherine Demko, Ph.D., a research associate at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Demko and colleagues looked more closely at this modifiable cancer-causing behavior by studying a nationally representative sample of 6,903 non-Hispanic white adolescents, aged 13 to 19 years. The teens had responded between April 1, 1996 and Aug. 31, 1996 to a survey about adolescent behaviors for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Chicago - The elaborate and dramatic headpieces that performers wear during Lion King productions worldwide wow audiences. But some performers have paid the price of being a part of this production, with temporary hair loss that they attribute to their on-stage work. A study investigating the problem, which occurred in female African-Canadian performers, provides insight for dermatologists into the special problems associated with black patients' hair.
Many called Clarence S. Livingood, M.D., "legendary," not only for his leadership in dermatology but for his passion as team physician for the Detroit Tigers baseball organization.
Piscataway, N.J. - She did not mean to do it, but Suzie Chen, Ph.D., associate professor, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, discovered a gene responsible for melanoma.
Bal Harbour, Fla. - Serious drug eruptions are rare; however, in their daily practice dermatologists are often confronted with symptoms, such as rashes, and might be confused about whether the causes are infection- or drug-related, Ronald C. Hansen, M.D., said at the annual Masters of Pediatrics Conference, hosted by the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Maui, Hawaii - More than a decade after being banned by the Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic use, liquid silicone is back and poised to take a big bite out of the cosmetic filler business.
Rancho Mirage, Calif. - Cosmetic surgeons know well the early postoperative complications of liposuction, but long-term complications such as disharmonious obesity are not as recognized, James E. Fulton Jr., M.D. said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.