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Research may soon lead to better therapies for itching and acne
Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore via Medical Xpress
The sensation flutters across your back like a butterfly and crawls up your neck like a spider, provoking an irresistible urge to scratch. For most of us, an itch ends there, but thousands of unlucky people continue to suffer for days, months or even years with only momentary relief. Itching is just one of the many skin conditions being studied by researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Institute of Medical Biology and National University Hospital in Singapore.
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Scientists develop clear alternative to opaque mineral sunscreen
Yahoo Beauty
Dermatologists, beauty editors and mothers around the world all recommend wearing sunscreen as their No. 1 beauty tip, but recently we've discovered that not all sunscreens are created equal. In our pursuit to avoid damage, some studies claim that ingredients in chemical sunscreens can seep into our skin and possibly enter our bloodstream. Consequently, frequent and consistent applications of these everyday sunscreens have been linked with hormonal side effects and possibly certain kinds of skin cancer.
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Studies: 2 experimental drugs offer hope against psoriasis
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Enquirer
Two experimental drugs show promise in treating psoriasis and a related condition, psoriatic arthritis, new studies report. The drugs, brodalumab and secukinumab, represent a new approach to treatment, said Michael Siegel, director of research programs at the National Psoriasis Foundation.
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Computer program using skin images could improve early detection of melanoma
University of Pittsburgh via Medical Xpress
A computer program easily run on a tablet or a smartphone that compares a spot on a patient's skin to images of both benign and malignant lesions may be a useful, noninvasive tool for physicians when deciding when to do a biopsy for skin cancer, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh that was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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AAD dermatologists urge parents to use ABCDEs to check for melanoma
As the new school year has begun, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are urging the parents to learn the mnemonic for early detection of melanoma to regularly check their skin for signs of skin cancer. Dermatologists are urging parents to learn the ABCDEs of melanoma.
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'Blowtox' is the new cure for bad hair days
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Forget dry shampoos or simply putting hair in a ponytail. When it comes to avoiding excessive sweat during pre-work or midday workouts, some women are turning to Botox injections in the scalp to save their hair days and their blowouts.
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5 surprising ways tattoos affect your health
Latinos Health
Tattoos are an art, a way of self-expression. But if you're not careful, it may also cause a string of health risks. This is why health authorities warn against the safety of getting tattoos, especially when tattoo inks are not heavily regulated by the FDA. Here are some health risks associated with applying tattoos to one's skin.
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This might be the weirdest deodorant alternative ever
The Huffington Post
Have you ever walked into a bar and then realized you completely forgot to apply deodorant before you left the house? Here's a really weird, kind of awesome solution: alcohol. And no, that's not just because it can dull the senses. In fact, you don't even need to drink it. Vodka, tequila and other hard liquors can actually work as a deodorant substitute when you apply them topically.
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What You Need to Know About Patient Confidentiality

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About the webinar:
This class will review HIPPA and recent expansion and amendments to it. We will also review HIPPA applicability to non-medical procedures and why this important for estheticians working in medical setting. Bring your practice questions on patient confidentially protocols to implement in your office. 1.0 CE through March 8, 2017.

At the conclusion of this presentation the skin care specialist will be able to:
1) Identify HIPPA issues.
2) Implement updates and understand the expansion of HIPPA rules.
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4) Distinguish non-medical treatments and HIPPA applicability.

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