Louise Gagnon is a medical writer and editor based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Melanoma overlooked, has higher mortality in African-American patients
While the incidence of melanoma is lower among African-Americans than it is among Caucasians, mortality due to melanoma is higher among the former. The reason, experts say, is because skin cancers in African-Americans appear on sites where they behave more aggressively, and there is a delay in diagnosis with this patient population.
Laser therapy provides permanent solution to hyperhidrosis
The use of a fixed combination of 924 nm and 975 nm continuous wave laser energy can treat primary axillary hyperhidrosis, according to a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Propranolol combined with PDL clears infantile hemangioma
The combined use of propranolol and pulsed dye laser (PDL) resulted in more rapid and complete clearance of infantile hemangiomas than propranolol monotherapy, according to data presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Off-label use of propranolol for infantile hemangioma requires watchful eye
Pediatric dermatologists are taking a very slow - but hopeful - approach to using propranolol to treat hemangiomas in children. In doing so, they are also carefully monitoring children for possible unwanted reactions such as hypotension, bradycardia and hypoglycemia.
Age management involves internal, external approaches
Derms will need to take a more comprehensive approach to age management that will demand more than knowing how to inject the latest filler or toxin or dial in a laser setting.
Triggering bullous pemphigoid
Scabies infection may be a trigger for bullous pemphigoid, and investigators plan to conduct a larger study to confirm their findings.
Cancer and curcumin: Element in turmeric reduces radiation dermatitis
According to preliminary data, administration of curcumin diminishes the severity of radiation dermatitis, a common adverse event in cancer patients who are receiving radiation therapy.
New facial aesthetic products may pose challenge to Botox
Various hyaluronic acid-based fillers are being widely used in cosmetic dermatology, and potential competitors to established products such as Botox are being investigated in trials.
Taking aim at NMSC: Nicotinic acid receptor potential therapeutic target in nonmelanoma skin cancer
Investigators have found that a particular nicotinic acid receptor has increased expression in later stages of SCC, indicating that this receptor may represent a target for therapy in nonmelanoma skin cancer.
Female hair loss: Low-level laser therapy effective for female pattern hair loss
Low-level laser therapy for female pattern hair loss is safe and effective, one expert says.
Tears of joy: Novel onion extract cream offers protection from sun's rays
Use of onion extract cream to treat post-surgical scars improves the appearance of scars after surgery.
Mirror, mirror: Seniors can safely undergo cosmetic work
Health status, not age, should determine the appropriateness of cosmetic surgery.
Foes for frizz: New products repair damage, restore hair cuticle
Specialized products and ionizing hair dryers battle frizzy hair.
Vitamin D: Study shows intake does not affect melanoma risk
The intake of vitamin D does not influence the risk of developing melanoma, a study shows.
Treating diversity: Patients of color have unique cosmetic concerns
New York - Patients of color have a unique set of skin concerns, and those concerns need to be addressed while clinicians are treating patients, according to Andrew Alexis, M.D., M.P.H., a dermatologist at St. Luke?s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York.
Performing blepharoplasty: Knowledge of ocular anatomy, sufficient training essential
When performing a procedure like blepharoplasty, it's most important to take into consideration the desires and wishes of the patients.
Treating PIH: Combination therapies appropriate for troublesome condition
Therapies that combine hydroquinone and other compounds can be prescribed to treat PIH, which can appear secondary to eczema, acne.
Botox and hyperhidrosis: Gold standard for treating underarms
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox Allergan) is the gold standard to treat axillary hyperhidrosis, but it also can be administered to treat palmar hyperhidrosis or plantar hyperhidrosis. In very rare instances, it can be used to treat the mid-face. There is not a standard dosing schedule in using botulinum toxin type A to treat hyperhidrosis.
Under suspension: Suture lift technique permits retention of facial tissue
Augusta, Ga. - A new technique for soft-tissue suture lifting in the face is an alternative to the minimally invasive facelift. The technique uses clear, modified polypropylene with bio-absorbable cones and multiple point fixations, says Gloria Mabel Gamboa, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.
Nevi of special site: Conservative treatment approach justified
Nevi of special site can be seen not only in children and adolescents, but in adults up to age 35 as well, according to a recent study. A conservative approach to treating these nevi is justified given they do not appear to have the potential for malignancy.
Nail psoriasis: Anti-TNF agents safe, effective in managing disease
Systemic therapies, particularly anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents, are an appropriate course of therapy for patients with nail psoriasis.
Gaining control: Birth control pills, spironolactone first-line treatments for hormonal acne
Women can achieve good control of adult or hormonal acne through spironolactone therapy alone or in conjunction with oral contraceptives.
Treating vitiligo: Clobetasol propionate, tacrolimus are safe, effective
Topical immunomodulators are effective in managing pediatric vitiligo over six months, with no serious adverse events observed, one study has found. More extended treatment will provide a better sense of efficacy with these therapies in the longer term.
Fat reduction: Carboxitherapy complements liposuction to get rid of fatty tissues
Carboxitherapy involves the administration of gaseous carbon dioxide to penetrate the skin and reach subcutaneous tissues, thereby, reducing localized deposits of fat. It can be used as an adjunct to proceduressuch as liposuction.
A new look: Fat injections used to enhance buttocks shape, projection
Autologous fat harvested from sites of the body can be injected into the buttocks to reshape them. Clinicians can use epidural anesthesia to make the procedure relatively painless. Forceful massage is necessary to distribute the fat and to optimize vascularization through increased contact with the muscles in the buttocks.
Melanoma clue: ING4 gene offers new direction for therapy
Reduced ING4 staining is associated with melanoma thickness, ulceration and poor overall survival, which suggests that restoring the tumor suppressor ING4 is a possible therapeutic direction.
Biodegradable fillers: New options can avert need for allergy testing in patients
Many new fillers are made from porcine collagen, averting the need for allergy testing. Because many new fillers are biodegradable, they will not induce fibrosis in the skin, leaving surgical correction as an option for patients in the future. Complications that occur with biodegradable fillers disappear spontaneously.
Laser lipolysis: Procedure offers advantages over traditional liposuction
While traditional liposuction may remove unwanted fat, one of its disadvantages is that it produces skin laxity. Contemporary treatment modalities such as laser lipolysis are minimally invasive, tighten the skin and produce less blood loss than traditional liposuction.
Preventing scars: Early involvement after surgery key to better cosmesis
Early intervention will prevent the development of visible, linear scars. One of the increasingly common treatment modalities to prevent scar development is the use of lasers. Laser therapy is virtually painless and does not burn the skin.
LEDs halt aging
One published study has found substantive change in wrinkles, particularly in the periorbital region, as well as increased smoothness and firmness, with the use of a combination of 633 nm and 830 nm LED treatments on photodamaged skin. One of the benefits of low-level energy light is that it does not produce side effects, because the impact is not thermal.
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