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'Tech neck': When your iPhone gives you wrinkles
Already, if you want ageless skin you can't smile, frown, laugh, go in the sun, jog, smoke or sleep on your side. Now you can add another item to the I'm-worried-it-may-cause-wrinkles list: looking down at your iPhone. So called "tech neck" — a phenomenon that happens when we look down at our laptops or iPhones too often — may cause etched lines, wrinkles, double chins and loose skin to occur, a plastic surgeon told Elle magazine.
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Some melanomas present as harmless-looking pimples
Dermatology Times
Researchers in Australia are cautioning about an aggressive form of melanoma that looks like a pimple, leading many doctors to dismiss it as harmless. According to the study, led by associate professor Dr. John Kelly of the Victorian Melanoma Service, the lesions usually present as red nodules rather than the dark, ugly moles typical of melanoma. This can lead doctors to mistake the lesions for relatively harmless forms of skin cancer or even pimples.
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'Skin cancer drug resistance may be solved'
Spire Healthcare
The rapid resistance to a drug designed to treated a type of advanced melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — could be prevented by blocking a particular family of proteins, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications. Advanced melanoma skin cancer spreads across the body, most commonly metastasizing to the lungs, liver, bones and brain. Treatment options in later stages of the disease are limited to medicines that slow the escalation of the disease and reduce symptoms, such as chemotherapy.
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Multiple sunburns before age 20 increases melanoma risk substantially
Skin Inc.
The risk of developing the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, was more closely related to sun exposure in early life than in adulthood in young caucasian women, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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FDA approves skin infection drug
Dermatology Times
The Food and Drug Administration has approved an antibacterial medication for the treatment of adult patients with acute skin infections. Dalvance is an intravenous drug for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections caused by bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus — including methicillin-resistant and methicillin-susceptible strains — and Streptococcus pyogenes.
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Researchers ID protein involved in wound healing, tumor growth
Dermatology Times
A protein that plays a role in healing wounds and in tumor growth could be a future therapeutic target, recent research suggests. Investigators with Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, studied iRhom2, a protein involved in epithelial regeneration and cancer growth by way of constitutive activation of epidermal growth factor receptor signaling, according to the study abstract. Researchers introduced mutations in Rhbdf2, the gene responsible for encoding the iRhom2 protein. Doing so allowed for an extension of the protein's duration and wound-healing capabilities, according to a news release.
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CO2 laser with radiofrequency offers more effective acne scar treatment
Dermatology 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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Psoriasis now recognized as serious noncommunicable disease
Skin Inc.
At the 67th World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization member states adopted a resolution on psoriasis, recognizing it as "a chronic, noncommunicable, painful, disfiguring and disabling disease for which there is no cure." The resolution also acknowledges the psychosocial burden of the disease and that many people with psoriasis suffer due to lack of awareness and access to sufficient treatment.
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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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Anti-aging skin treatments aren't just for women
When you ask men what they do to clean their face, the answer is probably going to be "soap and water." Anti-aging products are overwhelmingly targeted towards women. And many men don't know that there are things they can do to keep their faces looking younger, according to Dr. Jess Prischmann, a facial plastic surgeon in Edina, Minnesota.
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A droopy eyelid isn't just a matter of age
Medical Daily
Sagging eyelids have been known to accompany the myriad of changes the body goes through as it ages. Researchers from Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands sought to pinpoint the risk factors for sagging eyelids, aside from the natural aging process. The study, which was published in JAMA Dermatology, included two different groups in order to evaluate the extent to which droopy eyes are of a genetic cause. Of the first group of 5,578 unrelated participants with North European ancestry, 17.8 percent had moderate to severe sagging eyelids. When researchers looked at the 2,186 twin participants, they found that within the pairs, 61 percent had inherited their sagging eyelids.
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Study: Numerous sunburns as a kid heighten melanoma skin cancer risk in adult women
The Plain Dealer
If you need more than one hand to count the number of bad sunburns you endured between your 15th and 20th birthdays, you might be at much higher risk of developing melanoma as an adult, according the findings of a study.

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Dermatology is huge market for EHR adoption
EHR Intelligence
The Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs have gathered a certain amount of notoriety among specialty providers for being insensitive to their particular needs, a circumstance that has left many specialists behind the EHR adoption curve. Dermatology is one specialty that fits that unfortunate trend.

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A genetic analysis of skin development
Medical Xpress
Researchers report the first comprehensive analysis of genes that affect a single tissue. Genes don't act in isolation and it is only by studying the effects of many genes that scientists can gain a more accurate and holistic view of the complex biology of tissues.

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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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