Warfield Weekly Update
Jul. 27, 2012

1st major scientific study into rare inflammatory skin condition
University of Nottingham via Medical Xpress
Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare, disfiguring and very painful skin condition, which affects around 360 people each year in the U.K. The cause of PG is not known, the risks are high, and although patients often have underlying health conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis, it is still not clear how best to treat PG when it does develop. Now, for the first time, dermatology experts led by Hywel Williams, professor of dermato-epidemiology at The University of Nottingham, U.K., are carrying out the largest study of its kind in the world into this painful skin condition.More

New drug may increase the longevity of Botox effects
An accidental medical discovery can make the effects of Botox last 30 percent longer, according to Dr. Charles Soparkar, an ocular plastic surgeon and biochemist. "All the Botulinum toxins are zinc dependent — metalloprotease — meaning they require zinc to work, meaning no zinc, they don't work," Soparkar said. Approximately 50 percent of the population is zinc deficient, so Soparker wondered what would happen if he "gave people zinc before their toxins."More

A 10-year anniversary for Botox: The molecule that rocked the cosmetic world
Vanity Fair
While Botox had been used therapeutically to treat muscle spasms and neck pain for years, its first cosmetic milestone came in 2002 when the Food and Drug Administration deemed it safe and effective for minimizing glabellar lines, igniting a cosmetic revolution, according to ASCLS member Dr. Fredric Brandt. Nearly 11.8 million procedures have been done since 2002.More

Expert: Reclaim radiation for skin cancer
Skin & Allergy News
Careful patient selection is key to treating nonmelanoma skin cancer patients with superficial radiation therapy, according to Dr. William I. Roth. An elderly patient with a basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma on the face or leg can be a good candidate, for example, especially if there are other comorbidities that make that person less than ideal as a candidate for surgery. More

GW researchers break tanning misconceptions
Medical News Today
A new study conducted by George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences researchers Drs. Edward C. De Fabo, Frances P. Noonan and Anastas Popratiloff has been published in the journal Nature Communications. "This is the first time that UV-induced melanin formation, traditionally thought to protect against skin cancer, is shown to be directly involved in melanoma formation in mammals," said De Fabo, professor emeritus at SMHS. More

Components identified for ideal acne severity global grading tool
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Using an established method for consensus building, experts have identified the essential clinical components and features for an acne severity global grading tool, according to research published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.More

Professionals say 'no' to the yearlong tan
The Universe
Obtaining the ideal bronzed summer look pushes students to use indoor tanning beds all year long. As a result, the rates of skin cancer are increasing in young adults. While the brown-skinned look may be ideal for men and women alike, the measures taken to get there can have terrible, long-term effects. Indoor tanning beds shower bodies with enhanced ultraviolet ray exposure in short increments of time. This concentrated amount of exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer, particularly melanoma.More

Stylists develop new product for female hair loss
It's a trait mostly associated with men, but the American Academy of Dermatology said hair loss affects 30 million American women as well. The medical term is androgenetic alopecia, and for women, the causes can vary from pregnancy, menopause to simply stress. It's why salons hope a new product developed and tested in Madison, Wis., can help clients around the country.More

Research: Does your skin have a biological clock?
Medical News Today
German professors Achim Kramer from the Charité in Berlin and Dr. Thomas Blatt from the Skin Research Center in Hamburg, have discovered that human skin has an internal clock, which has various roles, including being responsible for time-based cell repair and regeneration. First results from the basic research, which shows that skin adapts to these time-dependent conditions, are featured in the current edition of Proceedings of the Academy of Science.More

Perioperative antidepressant use safe for facelift surgery
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
For patients undergoing facelift surgery, perioperative use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors seems safe and does not adversely affect outcome, according to a recent study in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.More

Drug samples found to sway acne prescribing
Skin & Allergy News
Offering free drug samples to newly diagnosed acne patients was found to increase the likelihood of prescribing more expensive medications, according to a new study. "Clinical trials comparing the efficacy of new branded generic drugs with existing alternatives should increasingly be used to justify their increased retail cost," said study investigator and medical student Michael Hurley, Stanford University in California. More

Turn customer complaint into loyalty opportunity
The Globe and Mail
If something doesn't go quite right with a customer transaction, use it as an opportunity to show what you are really made of. It is often said that, for every customer who complains, there are many more equally disappointed who don't bother to communicate that to you. So each complaint should be considered even more important, because the problem is likely more widespread than a single occurrence.More

Cosmetic surgery does give boost of self-confidence
Female First
Plastic and cosmetic surgery may be a consideration that can help you feel a little bit better about yourself — assuming that you potentially are trying to improve upon something about yourself that you don't like. If you are considering going under the knife, you may be happy to know that new research actually reveals cosmetic surgery does boost self-confidence.More

Education Level Survey Results
In the July 20 issue of the Warfield Weekly Update, we asked, "What is your highest level of schooling completed?"

Here's how our readers responded: