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  • 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

  • October 22, 2019

    Researchers Discover a New Defensive Mechanism Against Bacterial Wound Infections

    Wound inflammation that results in impaired wound healing can have serious consequences for patients. Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have discovered a new defensive mechanism that enables skin to actively kill bacteria. Central to this mechanism is a cellular messenger molecule known as interleukin 6, whose mode of action may be used in the future to prevent wound infections. Results from this research have been published in PNAS. Read More  

    How Do Ketogenic Diets Affect Skin Inflammation?

    Not all fats are equal in how they affect our skin, according to a new study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The investigators found that different ketogenic diets impacted skin inflammation differently in psoriasiform-like skin inflammation in mice. Ketogenic diets heavy in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) such as coconut, especially in combination with omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and plant sources like nuts and seeds, exacerbated psoriasis.  Read More

    Smart Insole Can Double as Lifesaving Technology for Diabetic Patients

    Stevens Institute of Technology has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Bonbouton, giving the cutting-edge health and technology company the right to use and further develop a graphene sensing system that detects early signs of foot ulcers before they form so people living with diabetes can access preventative healthcare and confidently manage their health. Read More

  • October 15, 2019

    First Application of Genetically Modified, Live-Cell, Pig Skin to a Human Wound

    Burn specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) announced today they have successfully used live-cell, genetically engineered pig skin (xenograft) for the temporary closure of a burn wound. Through an FDA-cleared phase one clinical trial led by surgeon Jeremy Goverman, MD, of the MGH Sumner Redstone Burn Service, this procedure marks the first-time pig tissue derived from an animal with gene edits has been transplanted directly onto a human wound. Read More  

    Statins Linked to Higher Risk of Diabetes and Skin Infections

    Statins have been reported to be beneficial for infections such as pneumonia and Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia. In the case of skin and soft tissue infections however, statin use is ironically associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, which is a risk factor for such infections.  Read More

    Negative Pressure Wound Therapy May Increase Deep Infection Rate

    Patients managed with negative pressure wound therapy for severe open fracture wounds experienced lower physical quality of life scores and higher odds of developing deep infections that required operative management compared with patients who did not have the therapy, according to results presented at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting. Read More