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  • December 3, 2019

    Risk for Skin Infections, Diabetes Increase with Statin Use

    Using statins for as short a time as three months can put patients at risk for developing diabetes and skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs), according to a study published in the November issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Read More  

    Diabetic Foot Wounds Kill Millions, but High-Tech Solutions and Teamwork Are Making a Difference

    What if you were stricken with this disease then there would be a 5% chance you'd lose a limb within a year and a 50-70% chance you'd be dead in five years? Read More

    Linking Wound Healing and Cancer Risk

    When our skin is damaged, a whole set of biological processes springs into action to heal the wound. Now, researchers from the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research have shown that one of the molecules involved in this, HMGB1, slows down wound healing.  Read More

  • November 26, 2019

    It's the Month of Movember!

    This November we are supporting the Movember Foundation in a bid to raise awareness and raise funds for men's mental health, namely prostate cancer, testicular cancer and ill mental health. We lose 60 men to suicide each hour, every hour and the Movember Foundation provides vital funds to help support those who are suffering. Read More  

    How Much Sunshine Causes Melanoma? It's in Your Genes

    Australian researchers from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have shown that 22 different genes help to determine how much sun exposure a person needs to receive before developing melanoma. For people at high genetic risk, sun exposure in childhood is a strong contributing factor while people at low genetic risk develop melanoma only after a lifetime of exposure to sunlight. Read More

    Q&A: Treating Melasma

    The skin condition melasma can be challenging to get rid of completely, and as a chronic condition, it can come back after treatment. With the treatment you mention, intense-pulsed light or IPL, melasma often reappears quickly. Intense-pulsed light also carries a risk of heating the surrounding skin, which is thought to worsen melasma.  Read More

  • November 19, 2019

    It's the Month of Movember!

    This November we are supporting the Movember Foundation in a bid to raise awareness and raise funds for men's mental health, namely prostate cancer, testicular cancer and ill mental health. We lose 60 men to suicide each hour, every hour and the Movember Foundation provides vital funds to help support those who are suffering. Read More  

    Vitamin D Dials down Aggression in Melanoma Cells

    The researchers from the University of Leeds discovered that vitamin D influences the behaviour of a signalling pathway within melanoma cells, which slowed down their growth and stopped them spreading to the lungs in mice.  Read More

    Living Skin Can Now Be 3-D-Printed with Blood Vessels Included

    Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to 3-D print living skin, complete with blood vessels. The advancement, published online today in Tissue Engineering Part A, is a significant step toward creating grafts that are more like the skin our bodies produce naturally.  Read More

  • November 13, 2019

    It's the Month of Movember!

    This November we are supporting the Movember Foundation in a bid to raise awareness and raise funds for men's mental health, namely prostate cancer, testicular cancer and ill mental health. We lose 60 men to suicide each hour, every hour and the Movember Foundation provides vital funds to help support those who are suffering. Read More  

    Outcomes Across Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Treatments Similar

    Charles T. Lee, Pharm.D., M.D., from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to compare the cosmesis and recurrence rates of conventional excision (CE), Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS), external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT), or brachytherapy (BT) for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.  Read More

    Immune Cells in Skin Kill MRSA Bacteria Before They Enter the Body

    A type of immune cell called neutrophils could be responsible for controlling bacterial numbers of an antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on human skin before the bacteria get a chance to invade, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet published in Cell Reports. The results could provide an explanation for why this superbug is only carried transiently by some people. Read More

  • November 5, 2019

    Its the Month of Movember!

    This November we are supporting the Movember Foundation in a bid to raise awareness and raise funds for men's mental health, namely prostate cancer, testicular cancer and ill mental health. We lose 60 men to suicide each hour, every hour and the Movember Foundation provides vital funds to help support those who are suffering. Read More  

    Another Way to Detect Lymphedema

    Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is a noninvasive technology that measures the amount of fluid in a limb. It works by sending low level electrical current through the arm or leg and measuring the resistance to current (impedance).  Read More

    Some Skin Cancers May Start in Hair Follicles

    Hair follicles are complex organs that reside within skin layers. It is there that immature pigment-making cells develop cancer-causing genetic changes—and in a second step—are exposed to normal hair growth signals, say the study authors. Read More

  • October 29, 2019

    Breakthrough in Understanding Rare Genetic Skin Condition

    A breakthrough has been made in understanding a rare genetic skin disease that causes progressively enlarging skin tumours over the scalp, face and body. For the first time, scientists at Newcastle University, UK, have identified changes in the DNA of the tumour cells in those with CYLD cutaneous syndrome (CCS) that may help them grow. Read More  

    Topical Wound Oxygen Therapy Helps Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    Robert G. Frykberg, M.D., from Diabetic Foot Consultants at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and colleagues examined the efficacy of multimodality cyclical pressure TWO2 home care therapy for patients with diabetes and chronic DFUs. Participants were randomly assigned to either active TWO2 therapy or sham control therapy, both in addition to optimal standard of care. Predetermined analyses and hard stopping rules were performed when 73, 146, and 220 patients had completed the 12-week treatment phase.  Read More

    Q&A: What Are Seborrheic Keratoses?

    Seborrheic keratoses are a common skin issue, particularly in older adults. Although they don't pose any health risks, these skin growths can be mistaken for a potentially more serious problem, such as skin cancer. Therefore, patients often seek care from a dermatologist when seborrheic keratoses develop. Read More