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Derm In The News: October 8-14


Keep up with the latest headlines in dermatology from the past week, including the use of AI to effectively detect skin cancers, research related to the burden of stigma in acne among women, and more.

New York Post: New AI tool can help doctors detect melanoma with 100% accuracy

A recent study presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress 2023 reveals that artificial intelligence (AI) software can detect melanomas with exceptional accuracy. Over a two-and-a-half-year period, AI assessed 22,356 patients with suspected skin cancer, achieving a 99.5% accuracy in detecting all 59 melanoma cases, 99.5% accuracy in spotting 189 out of 190 skin cancers, and 92.5% accuracy in identifying 541 out of 585 precancerous lesions.

Star-Herald: Women With Acne Bear Another Burden: Stigma

A recent study indicates that adult acne can significantly impact how women are perceived in social contexts, with the location of acne on the face playing a crucial role in how individuals are perceived. Researchers tracked the eye movements of 245 participants viewing images of women with clear skin or acne on different parts of their faces. The study found that faces with acne were perceived as less attractive, less trustworthy, less successful, less confident, less happy, and less dominant.

3M News Center: 14-year-old named America's Top Young Scientist for development of skin cancer treatment

Heman Bekele, a 9th grader at W.T. Woodson High School in Annandale, Va., has been named the winner of the 2023 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a prestigious middle school science competition co-hosted by 3M and Discovery Education. Heman earned the title of "America's Top Young Scientist" and a $25,000 cash prize for his innovative project, a compound-based Skin Cancer Treating Soap (SCTS). This soap aims to provide an affordable solution to address the challenges of skin cancer.

Johns Hopkins University HUB: Medical Imaging Fails Dark Skin. Researchers Fixed It.

A team has developed a novel medical imaging technique that can provide clearer images of internal anatomy for individuals with darker skin tones. In experiments, this innovative imaging method produced significantly sharper images for all participants, outperforming traditional imaging techniques. The new technique utilizes photoacoustic imaging, which combines ultrasound and light waves to create medical images. An algorithm was developed to filter unwanted signals caused by melanin's light absorption in darker skin, resulting in clearer images.

Psychology Today: Could Skin Microbiome Transfer Slow Aging?

Skin aging changes can lead to social anxiety, isolation, negative self-image, and workplace discrimination, particularly for women. Changes in the skin's biophysical conditions have been linked to alterations in the skin microbiome during aging. These changes include the abundance of bacterial strains associated with nosocomial infections and antibiotic-resistance genes. Microbiome transplantation, a procedure where a healthy individual's skin microbiome is transferred to another person's skin, has shown promise as a therapeutic strategy for maintaining skin health and preventing skin aging.

Spectrum News: Texas skin cancer risk

A recent study highlights the elevated risk of skin cancer in Texas due to the state's high UV index score, ranking 8th in the nation. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in Texas, and melanoma is a particularly deadly type. While skin cancer deaths are declining nationwide, the number of cases is on the rise, with sun exposure as a leading cause.

Have you seen any dermatology headlines this week that we may have missed? Share with us by emailing our team at DTEditor@mmhgroup.com.

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