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What not to do: AAD adds to Choosing Wisely unnecessary procedure list
Plastic Surgery Practice
From avoiding the long-term use of systemic steroids for dermatitis to skipping routine microbiologic testing in the evaluation and management of acne, the American Academy of Dermatology released new recommendations regarding tests and treatments that are not always necessary. This marks the Academy's second list developed as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an ABIM Foundation initiative designed to help patients avoid care that may be unnecessary for them.
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Could a laser skin test someday replace biopsy to spot melanoma?
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge
Skin cancer remains the most common cancer for Americans, and invasive biopsies for lesions that could be dangerous melanomas have long been routine. Now, researchers say they've developed a noninvasive test that can spot melanoma skin cancer without a biopsy, according to a new study.
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In case you forgot, there are mites living on your face
Allure
Before I go any further, I just want to make sure you're not eating at the moment. No? Great, I'll get to it then. There are mites living on your face, two different types to be exact: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. These little buggers are so small that you can't see or feel them, and we'd forgotten all about them until National Geographic recently reminded us. According to a 2014 study conducted by North Carolina State University graduate student Megan Thoemmes and Rob Dunn, an associate professor of biological sciences at the university, nearly every American adult plays host to the mites.
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Those with fewer moles at risk of developing aggressive skin cancer
Tech Times
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer mainly caused by exposure to ultraviolet light in people with low levels of skin pigment, through the sun's rays or tanning services. Sometimes, the cancer is developed from a mole with changes like irregular edges, an increased size, color change, itchiness or skin breakdown. Along with family history and a poor immune function, having many moles make a person at greater risk for melanoma.
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Here's the 1 thing dermatologists wish you would stop doing
Allure
You follow your skin care routine with religious dedication but still don't have the Neutrogena-commercial-perfect complexion of your dreams. That could be because you're still making one of the mistakes dermatologists dread most. We asked eight of the top dermatologists in the country to let us in on the one thing they wish their patients would stop doing when it comes to caring for their skin. And some of their answers might surprise you.
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Web marketing overlooks men seeking cosmetic procedures
MedEsthetics
A recent study published online in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal suggests that plastic surgeons could be doing more to attract the growing number of male patients seeking aesthetic treatments and that providers could benefit from incorporating male patients into their practice models.
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New partnership may boost impact of Yelp reviews
Plastic Surgery Practice
Information from ProPublica's interactive health databases will begin appearing on Yelp's health provider pages. Now all Yelp users will have access to objective data about how your practice patterns compare to your peers and, in turn, ProPublica gets an unprecedented peek inside Yelp's trove of 1.3 million health reviews.
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FDA approves machine that burns fat cells away
WTSP-TV
Lindsay Neely is young and active but still fighting the battle of the bulge. "I have a couple of stubborn areas that won't go away, even though I work out, and I have a great diet," Neely said. Now she's trying out a new FDA-approved fat-burning machine called Vanquish. Dr. Suneel Chilikuri, founder of Refresh Dermatology, has one of two Vanquish machines in the Houston area.
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Mission to be paperless: How a single doc dermatology office is making it happen
Healthcare Informatics
In the time that Westgate Skin & Cancer practice has been open, one main priority of this solo practitioner-based office has been making the practice as tech-heavy as possible, something that is often a difficult endeavor for small medical offices. "It's tough, but I liken it to making an investment, said Daniel Soteldo, technology and business professional. "There are initial costs you wouldn't have if you were on paper. But time, automation, ease of use, and patient experience are what it comes down to," he says. The practice has tapped software-as-a-service technology company Kareo as the core system that everything else integrates with. "It's the glue that holds our practice together," Soteldo says. When Kareo recently acquired DoctorBase, a practice marketing and patient communications solution, Soteldo immediately jumped on board.
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The trend of using organics and in-organics in the physician's office will be explored. Consumers are aware, and will ask the skin care specialist the benefits and concerns of using these ingredients and products. The direction in which these compounds: natural, unrefined oils and flower essences along with beliefs and health issues will be discussed. 1.0 CE through Feb. 7, 2017.

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