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Study: Smartphone-enabled dermatology screening more efficient for referrals
Teledermatology referrals that use a smartphone with an attached dermoscope allowed dermatologists to manage their patients faster and more efficiently than by traditional paper referrals, according to a paper published in medical journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica. The study was conducted by Alexander Borve, CEO of iDoc24, which has offices in Stolkholm, Sweden, and San Francisco. All participants in the trial were seen by a primary care doctor for a "suspicious skin lesion."
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Saving face: New weapons in the wrinkle wars
Face-lift? So last century. These days, women, and a surprising number of men, are seeking ways to turn back the clock without going under the knife. Last year, Americans over 55 opted for 3.4 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, according to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Topping the list: Botox at 1.4 million injections, followed by fillers at 818,000.
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Talking about preservatives with patients
Dermatology Times
Dr. Beth Lange, chief scientist at Personal Care Products Council, offers dermatologists these talking points when patients ask about preservatives in skin and hair care products.
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Got a mole? New scarless removal method uses radiofrequency
Moles, or nevi, come in all shapes and sizes and can be brown, red, black or skin color. Some people have a collection of moles on their face and/or body and many of them want them removed. During the past 30 years, Dr. Joe Niamtu III, a cosmetic facial surgeon in Midlothian, Virginia, has treated thousands upon thousands of moles and has learned a thing or two about moles and mole removal procedures in the process.
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Bogus medical devices make their way into trade shows
Dermatology Times
Counterfeit medical products, including skin-tightening devices, are appearing at trade shows and pose risk and liabilities, according to a letter in a recent issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. The letter to the editor sounds a warning to physicians on the prevalence of counterfeit medical devices — and the consequences of using them.
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FDA approves quicker acting malignant hyperthermia antidote
Plastic Surgery Practice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ryanodex (dantrolene sodium) for the treatment of malignant hyperthermia, along with appropriate supportive measures. This new formulation of dantrolene sodium is expected to bring the crisis under control more rapidly and prevent severe complications from MH.
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Probiotics may be the answer to your pimple problem
Looking in the mirror wasn't always easy for 24-year-old acne patient Danielle Schwarz. "At its worst, I didn't really want to leave the house," she said. Schwarz faced the problem with the help of her dermatologist. The treatment plan: traditional acne therapy plus a daily dose of probiotics. "I would say now that I rarely have breakouts," Schwarz added. It's a prescription for healthy skin that a growing number of dermatologists are recommending. Dr. Whitney Bowe, with the American Academy of Dermatology, says the group named probiotics as one of this year's beauty breakthroughs.
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Beyond fat reduction: RF therapy for nonsurgical skin tightening
Modern Aesthetics
Fundamentally, aesthetic physicians can look to two device types for skin tightening offerings: radiofrequency and ultrasound. Because of its versatility and efficacy, RF technology holds many indications, including its most common: nonablative tissue tightening. Ahead, Dr. Mary Lupo, a board-certified dermatologist who practices in New Orleans, discusses how she uses RF technology for patients looking to improve skin laxity and reduce wrinkles without surgery.
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Inactive but controversial OTC product ingredients
Dermatology Times
Parabens. Phthalates. Chemical fragrances. Sodium lauryl sulfate. These are among the behind-the-scenes ingredients in over-the-counter skin and hair care products that have some of the big cosmetic companies changing the way they formulate moisturizers, soaps, shampoos and anti-aging products.
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What you don't know about sunscreen can hurt you
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Yet despite the well-documented and well-publicized association between sun exposure and skin cancer, only 30 percent of adults report that they apply sunscreen when exposed to the sun. Among teenagers who are outside for more than an hour on a sunny day, only 14 percent of girls and 7 percent of boys regularly use sunscreen.
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Caucasians report more skin examinations than minorities
Healio (subscriber article)
Caucasians were found to report self-skin and full-body skin examinations more frequently compared with minorities, according to researchers.

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Industry responds to trend for DIY sunscreen
Professional Beauty Magazine
The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association has issued a warning about DIY sunscreens following a recent consumer trend towards formulating sun protection at home.

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Melanoma combination therapy study shows promising results
Dermatology Times
Genentech has announced that its phase three coBRIM study, evaluating the safety and efficacy of a combination of cobimetinib and vemurafenib for the treatment of melanoma, has met its primary endpoint.

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Susanne S. Warfield, President/CEO of Paramedical Consultants, Inc. ( Official Publication of the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists. Warfield has more than 33 years' experience, is a leading expert on business, legal and liability issues that affect physician and esthetician relationships. She has authored more than 450 articles and 15 books for the consumer, medical and skin care sectors. She is the recipient of the prestigious Crystal Award for Life Achievement by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa.More



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