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Jan. 23, 2014

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The physician: Healthy, wealthy and wise?
Medscape via The Huffington Post
Do you know how often your doctor goes out to eat? Or spends time exercising each week? Or uses complementary or alternative medicine treatments? A new survey from Medscape is pulling back the curtain on the health — and health habits — of doctors. The survey included 31,399 doctors in the United States, representing 25 different specialties, who were interviewed from Oct. 16 to Dec. 4. Read what what Medscape found.
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FDA approves combo treatment for melanoma
Dermatology Times
The Food and Drug Administration has approved GlaxoSmithKline's Mekinist for use in combination with Tafinlar as a possible treatment for patients suffering from inoperable melanoma and certain types of metastatic melanoma.
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Botulinum toxin tantalizes as a rosacea tamer
Skin & Allergy News
Injections of botulinum neurotoxin type A on the nose, cheeks and chin significantly can improve the appearance of some rosacea patients, in part by reducing overactivity of the sebaceous gland, according to Dr. Erin Gilbert of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, N.Y.
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Itching as a disease?
The Philadelphia Inquirer via The Daily Herald
Dermatologist Gil Yosipovitch believes itch should be studied and treated as a disease in itself, not just a symptom of disease. That's why he founded the International Society for the Study of Itch in 2005. And that's partly why he left North Carolina's Wake Forest University to create the Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine. "We're behind our colleagues in the field of pain," said Yosipovitch, who is also the new chair of Temple's dermatology department. "I believe in five years, there will be U.S. centers dedicated to itch, just like many universities now have pain clinics."
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Dermoscopy useful in pinpointing carcinoma types
Dermatology Times
Dermoscopy can be a useful and reliable tool to differentiate between superficial basal cell carcinoma and other basal cell carcinoma subtypes, according to a recent study.
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Dermatology app zeroes in on children's skin problems
MedCity News
Dermatology app developer iDoc24 has expanded the focus of its teledermatology platform to include children's skin problems with its iOS mobile health app that responds to parents' concerns over rashes or an unusual skin problem with their children and infants.
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Patients' costs skyrocket; specialists' incomes soar
The New York Times
A seemingly minor medical problem — a patient diagnosed with the least dangerous form of skin cancer — racked up big bills because it involved three doctors from specialties that are among the highest compensated in medicine — and it was done on the grounds of a hospital. Many specialists have become particularly adept at the business of medicine by becoming more entrepreneurial, protecting their turf through aggressive lobbying by their medical societies and, most of all, increasing revenues by offering new procedures — or doing more of lucrative ones.
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Questionnaires measure quality-of-life impact of carcinomas
Dermatology Times
In an effort to learn more about patients' experiences with advanced basal cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma nevus syndrome, researchers have developed two new questionnaires to evaluate and assess the effects of the diseases. The questionnaires were developed by researchers from Health Outcomes Solutions, Genentech, Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco.
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No, you're not crazy — your skin type can change
"Our skin is an organ, it reacts to both our external and internal environments," explains Dr. Anne Chapas of Union Square Laser Dermatology. "There are always changes happening to our skin."

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Hope vs. hype: What procedures really get rid of cellulite
Can lotions and creams reduce cellulite? What about liposuction? The Washingtonian asked skin care experts to tell us what really works.

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Finally — a painless biopsy for skin cancer
Physicians News Digest
Clinical diagnosis of melanoma and other skin cancers still is performed primarily by sight. Since even the most sophisticated eye is fallible, there is a chance that skin cancer may be visually diagnosed as benign, while conversely a benign mole might be unnecessarily biopsied.

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XBiotech starts antibody study for treating pyoderma gangrenosum
Healio (subscriber article)
XBiotech has begun a phase 2 study based on anti-interleukin-1 alpha therapeutic antibody for treating patients with pyoderma gangrenosum. The study is based on efficacy of anti-IL-1 alpha therapy in previous studies of psoriasis and acne, according to XBiotech. Although PG's exact pathogenesis is unclear, an altered innate immune response is believed to be responsible.
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Expert tips: Laser and cosmetic dermatology
Beauty World News
Ever wanted to pick the brain of a dermatologist to get all your skin care queries answered? Well, the wait is over. Laser and cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf took some time to answer a few FAQ's, debunking myths, giving advice and providing all the beauty facts to back it up. Check out what tips she had to share..
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    Finally — a painless biopsy for skin cancer (Physicians News Digest)
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Scientist identifies pivotal cellular protein underlying eczema (La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology via Medical News Today)
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Facial redness takes emotional toll on rosacea patients (Skin Inc.)

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Need for speed: Improving website load times can boost your business
By Stephanie Studer
People are impatient. A sweeping statement? Sure. But consider that Google engineers noticed in 2012 that a delay as short as 400 milliseconds was enough to drive visitors away from a website. To put that in perspective, that is roughly twice as long as it takes to blink. No matter what you hope to gain from your online presence, whether it's sales or SEO, you can't expect to get it if your page loads at a snail's pace. So let's speed things up with a few simple tricks that are easy to implement.
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