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Skin Scarring

New Options for Painful Abscesses, Skin Scarring

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also known as acne inversa; is a long term skin disease characterized as occurrence of inflamed and swollen lumps. These are typically painful and break open releasing fluid or pus. The areas most commonly affected are the underarms, under the breasts, and groin. Scar tissue remains after healing. Self-consciousness or depression may result. A flurry of new biologics and combination treatment strategies for a chronic inflammatory skin condition;…

HLA Antigen and skin cancer

HLA Antigen Linked With Skin Cancer Risk

Rates of de novo skin cancer after lung or heart transplantation; a large retrospective study suggesting skin cancer risk is higher if donor and recipient HLA antigens are well matched. Lung and heart recipients with HLA mismatches “actually had less skin cancer than those with a closer match,” Dr. Sarah T. Arron told Reuters Health…

Dermatology Treatments

Limited Options for Off-Label Dermatology Treatments

Compendia used to make coverage determinations for off-label prescribing in dermatology are “incomplete, outdated, idiosyncratic, and unpredictable,” researchers say. Medicare Part D uses two compendia when making coverage determinations: the American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS) and DRUGDEX. However, these compendia have “deficiencies” with regard to accuracy and completeness, according to Dr John Barbieri of the…

Skin cancer

Skin Cancer Hijacks The Growth Of Immune System

Scientists have uncovered molecules released by invasive skin cancer that reprogram healthy immune cells to help the cancer to spread. Targeting these molecules with inhibiting drugs could help to prevent this aggressive skin cancer coming back after treatment. The findings of the Cancer Research UK-funded study are published in Cell, today (Thursday). Researchers from Queen Mary University…

Metastatic melanoma

Melanoma Patients Treated By Genetically Modified Virus

Injection of a genetically modified virus that induces the body’s own immune cells to attack metastatic melanoma effectively treated almost 40% of patients with tumors that could not be surgically removed, according to researchers from three prominent cancer centers in a study published as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of…

New Skin Test Detects Prion Infection Before Symptoms Appear

Prions can infect both humans and animals, causing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, mad cow disease in cattle, and chronic wasting disease in elk and deer. The infectious, misfolded protein particles often go undetected as they destroy brain tissue, causing memory loss, mobility issues, and ultimately death. Preclinical detection of prions has proven difficult, but new research suggests skin samples hold early signs of prion disease that precede neurologic symptoms.

Unraveling The Genetic Causes Of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States. Squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of cancer in the U.S., has the highest mortality rate of all non-melanoma skin cancers. In roughly two to five percent of patients, the disease will metastasize and spread throughout the body, making it difficult to treat.

Body-Painting Protects The Skin From Insect Bites

A study by researchers from Sweden and Hungary shows that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites. It is the first time researchers have successfully shown that body-painting has this effect. Among indigenous peoples who wear body-paint, the markings thus provide certain protection against insect-borne diseases.

Guidelines For Managing Severe Atopic Dermatitis

The new clinical review provides the most comprehensive treatment guidelines for severe atopic dermatitis (eczema). A team of investigators from the University of Colorado College of Nursing at CU Anschutz Medical Campus and National Jewish Health has identified comprehensive guidelines for managing severe atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema.