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Botox, fillers, toxins, injectables: What's all the fuss about?
The News-Press
Thirty years ago, Botox was an obscure medication used for ocular problems, such as strabismus and inadvertent blinking. It has since crossed the threshold to the world of aesthetics with a global market predicted to be at $2.9 billion by 2018. The term "Botox" has become a part of our lexicon because of its pervasive use in our culture and the desire to achieve a youthful look without downtime. However, the truth about Botox and Xeomin is that they all are forms of botulinum toxin type A, which is a very potent toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
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Study IDs possible genetic link to keloid scarring
Dermatology Times
New research has led to the discovery of previously unidentified genes that may be responsible for keloid scarring. The findings could lead to more effective treatment methods. The research team, led by Dr. Lamont R. Jones, vice chairman, department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, used six fresh keloid samples and six fresh normal skin samples in which genomewide profiling had already been done. The researchers identified 190 statistically significant regions of DNA that were mapped to 152 keloid-specific genes.
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Advanced skin cancer research with striking results
Health Aim
Two international trials against advanced skin cancer showed exciting results. Both trials were made to fight against advanced melanoma and enable the immune system to target tumors. The two experimental drugs are nivolumab and pembrolizumab. The results were released at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference.
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New tanning bed rules link lamps to cancer
Scientific American
Tanning beds will no longer be considered as harmless as dental floss or a Band-Aid under new regulations unveiled recently. Until now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lumped all three items into the same regulatory class. None of those devices have needed to clear expert scrutiny or submit health and safety information before going to the market. Now, the FDA will treat tanning beds and sunlamps like other devices that expose users to radiation, such as CT scanners.
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Teledermatology connects patients in Haiti with specialists in the US
By Lisa Altieri and Belinda Tan
In April, a group of UCLA medical students and three attending physicians traveled to Haiti where they volunteered medical services to communities in and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. While engaging in international medical outreach, clinicians encounter challenging medical problems that could benefit from a specialist's recommendations. Through the use of telemedicine, the volunteer group was able to provide rapid expert-based diagnosis and treatment of medical skin problems for patients who would otherwise not have access to a dermatologist.
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Foods that protect the body against the harmful rays of sunlight
Doctor Tipster
If you tend to spend more time outdoors, such as driving, walking or doing errands out on the street, you are not spared from exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. The UV rays from sunlight are known to cause cancer and other skin problems and protecting the body against its harmful effects should be a priority. There are many sunscreen products in the market that can offer some adequate protection against the harmful effects of the UV rays, but sometimes this may not be enough to completely shield the body from the internal harm that exposure to sunlight can cause.
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Your city is giving you wrinkles
Total Beauty
Exposure to pollution can cause wrinkles, according to a recent study published in the "Journal of Investigative Dermatology." And, applying an antioxidant serum and sunscreen before going outside — particularly in heavy polluted areas — is not enough to help prevent them. The study followed 400 women ages 70 to 80 who were either living in polluted urban centers or clean rural towns. It factored in things such as sun exposure and sunscreen use, and concluded that women exposed to significant amounts of pollution had 20 percent more pigment spots and significantly more wrinkles and sagging.
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6 ways to engage your patients on Facebook
Dermatology Times
Do you have a Facebook page for your dermatology practice? Are you looking for fresh ideas to quickly ramp up engagement and participation from your fans? There are tens of millions of business pages on Facebook. There also are those notorious, complex algorithms that mysteriously determine what fans can see or not see on their news feed. Both these factors make it incredibly difficult for page owners like you to maintain engagement on Facebook. But as a dermatologist and a business owner, you know that Facebook is extremely valuable to your practice.
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Vitamin D and sun exposure
Dr. Cynthia Bailey Skin Care
Exposing your skin to the sun can turn it into a vitamin D factory — but is that a good idea? You need normal to high-normal levels of vitamin D for optimal health. A number of diseases have been connected with low vitamin D levels. Here is a list of Mayo Clinic Proceedings articles that address some of these diseases.
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4 factors that up your chances for droopy eyelids
We all know our skin naturally heads south with age, but according to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology, there are few factors that increase your odds of developing saggy eyelids down the road. Researchers from the Netherlands and England reviewed the photographs and health information of more than 5,500 Northern Europeans (average age of 67) and found that higher BMI, lighter skin color, being male and being older each increased the risk of having saggy eyelids.
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    'Tech neck': When your iPhone gives you wrinkles (MarketWatch)
Some melanomas present as harmless-looking pimples (Dermatology Times)
Multiple sunburns before age 20 increases melanoma risk substantially (Skin Inc.)
A droopy eyelid isn't just a matter of age (Medical Daily)
New laser treatment for hair loss (Boston Globe)

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Want to know more about the benefits of Botox treatments?
Canadian Beauty
In 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures, like Botox injections, accounted for 73 percent of all procedures performed by plastic surgeons; and with every passing year, that number has increased by a significant percentage. Botox certainly is as close as you can get to a "miracle drug" when it comes to controlling the effects of aging, but as many different medical associations have been reporting, Botox treatments aren't just for the treatment of wrinkles anymore.
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5 ways your cellphone is completely ruining your skin
Every time you talk or text on your cellphone, you're putting your skin at risk — and if you're reading this on your mobile device, you're doing it right now, too. In a culture where selfies are a daily occurrence, it's inevitable that you use your cell multiple times a day. Acne, wrinkles and dark spots are just a few of the negative side effects from constantly interacting with wireless phones. But don't worry, we know you can't give up your cell.
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More and more Americans regretting tattoos
Are you starting to regret that old tattoo yet? You may not be alone. Statistically, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. has at least one tattoo, but new research found that more and more people regret getting them, even enough to have them removed completely.

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CO2 laser with radiofrequency offers more effective acne scar treatment
Dermatologic Surgery via Healio
CO2 laser plus radiofrequency was found to be more effective in the treatment of acne scars than traditional CO2 laser alone, according to researchers. The treatment including radiofrequency also required fewer sessions and resulted in fewer side effects.

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New laser treatment for hair loss
Boston Globe
Hair restoration specialist Dr. Alan Bauman shares how a new, wearable laser treatment can help stimulate the hair follicles to restore luscious locks.

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