Paul Gillette is a freelance writer based in Euclid, Ohio.
Suneva acquires Spear product line
Suneva Medical has acquired a new product line, including worldwide rights to Refissa (tretinoin 0.05 percent), from Spear Pharmaceuticals.
Eye color may predict vitiligo risk
A person’s eye color may help to predict risk for vitiligo, according to results of a new study.
Study: Hormone plays role in fighting skin infections
A new study shows that a hormone that is associated with maintaining bone health may also help to boost antimicrobial peptide (AMP) expression when dietary vitamin D levels are low.
Skin cells regenerated into beating heart cells
Scientists have taken skin cells from patients with advanced heart failure and used them to create healthy, patient-specific heart muscle cells, according to results of a recent study.
NSAIDs may protect against skin cancer
New research suggests aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help protect against skin cancer.
Dabrafenib efficacious for metastatic melanoma
Another recent study has shown that the BRAF inhibitor dabrafenib is safe and effective in treating advanced melanoma.
Novartis acquires pharmaceutical company
Swiss drugmaker Novartis has signed an agreement to acquire Fougera Pharmaceuticals for more than $1.5 billion in cash.
Drug combo shows promise against melanoma
Data from an ongoing clinical evaluation of a combination of two drugs in patients with advanced melanoma is showing promise as a new way of treating the disease.
Brisk exercise may lower psoriasis risk
A recently published study suggests vigorous exercise may be associated with a lower risk of psoriasis.
Group urges caution with sunscreens
A watchdog organization has released a report indicating more than 50 percent of tested sunscreens contain ingredients that have the potential to cause cell damage and skin cancer.
L'Oreal loses Botox trademark challenge in EU
Cosmetic manufacturer L’Oréal?s attempt to trademark products with a similar name to Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA, Allergan), was rejected by the top European Union court.
Immune cells play dual role in protection
Langerhans cells (LCs), immune cells found in the skin, can be both helpful and harmful, allowing beneficial microbes to live as well as attacking harmful foreign bodies, depending on the situation, a new study proposes.
Study suggests zinc oxide may be harmful
New research proposes that zinc oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreens, may not be as effective as previously thought and may actually cause damage to cells.
Risky UV exposure common among young adults
Many young adults engage in high-risk sun exposure and indoor tanning behaviors even as skin cancer rates among this age group continue to rise, according to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.
Vermont outlaws indoor tanning for minors
Vermont residents under age 18 will have to wait until the sun is out to tan. A new law there will ban the use of indoor tanning beds by minors, making it the second state in the country, after California, to place an age restriction on indoor tanning.
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