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Derm In The News: September 24-30


Keep up with the latest headlines in dermatology from the past week, including new research into artificial intelligence skin tone bias, dermatologic care of the unhoused patient population, and more.

Health Central: A Top Dermatologist Describes Her Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign

Ellen Marmur, MD, discusses her personal experience with skin cancer, which served as the catalyst for the "Safe Sun" movement, emphasizing the importance of sun protection and skin cancer prevention and advocating for sun-safe practices and education. The "Safe Sun" movement aims to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention, highlighting the significance of sunscreen, protective clothing, and regular skin checks.

Quartz: A new Sony AI research paper has found new layers of skin tone bias

Sony's AI technology, notably a robotic monk called Mindar, has been developed with a default light skin tone, reflecting a pervasive bias in AI towards lighter skin. The article highlights the significance of addressing such biases in AI to ensure fair representation and equitable treatment, especially in areas where AI interacts with human beings, such as robots, virtual assistants, and other digital entities. It underscores the need for greater awareness and responsibility in AI development to mitigate biases and promote inclusivity.

BBC: Skin cancer: BBC's Anna Varle shares basal cell carcinoma experience

The BBC's Anna Varle recently shared her experienced with basal cell carcinoma. She discussed the signs and symptoms she experienced while detailing the emotional toll of excision surgery, especially as a television news personality.

AZ Central: 'Street medicine is important': Phoenix groups prioritize access to skin care for unhoused folks

Several Phoenix, Arizona, organizations have worked together to prioritize access to skin care services for the unhoused population in the city. Recognizing the significant challenges faced by unhoused individuals in maintaining basic hygiene, these groups are working to provide vital skin care resources, including sunscreen, moisturizers, and hygiene kits. By addressing the unique needs of this vulnerable community, they aim to enhance not only physical well-being but also boost self-esteem and dignity.

University of York: Hull York Medical School launches Skin Research Centre

The University of York has launched a new Skin Centre through the Hull York Medical School (HYMS), aiming to advance dermatologic research and patient care. The HYMS Skin Centre is a collaborative initiative involving scientists, clinicians, and patients, and it will focus on studying a wide range of skin conditions, including skin cancer, eczema, and psoriasis. Through cutting-edge research and patient engagement, the center intends to develop innovative treatments, improve diagnostics, and enhance the overall understanding of skin diseases.

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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