Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. While the number of cases diagnosed is on the rise, the overall survival rate has improved, but survival is uneven across the country.
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Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new skin patch that uses microneedle technology to deliver a long-acting contraceptive hormone and can be self-administered.
Although sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburns and skin cancer, some of its ingredients are not so beneficial to ocean-dwelling creatures. In particular, sunscreen chemicals shed by swimmers are thought to contribute to coral reef decline.
A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology indicates that an investigational nonsteroidal topical cream (PAC-14028) may be effective for treating atopic dermatitis, one of the most common inflammatory skin diseases.
The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) investigated whether the drug combinations of dabrafenib plus trametinib and of encorafenib plus binimetinib have an added benefit in comparison with the appropriate comparator therapies for patients with melanoma.
Pediatricians from Australia have developed and validated a simple risk-assessment score to help guide about antibiotic therapy for cellulitis in children. "Cellulitis is a frequently encountered disease, but there is no evidence-based guidance to determine which children with cellulitis should be treated with intravenous antibiotics versus which can be treated with oral antibiotics," Dr. Franz Babl of the University of Melbourne.
Isotretinoin, a drug for severe chronic acne, has long been linked to miscarriages, birth defects, and other serious problems, but a research review suggests much of data on the drug's safety, effectiveness, and side effects may be unreliable.
The gene that causes lighter skin pigmentation,locus in humans," according to the paper published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Dec.10. Strong positive selection caused this gene to rise in frequency among some KhoeSan populations.
The skin is our largest organ, and, among other things, it provides protection against mechanical impacts. To ensure this protection, skin cells have to be connected to one another especially closely. Exactly how this mechanical stability is provided on the molecular level was unclear for a long time.
Dermal fibroblasts are specialized cells deep in the skin that generate connective tissue and help the skin recover from injury. Some fibroblasts have the ability to convert into fat cells that reside under the dermis, giving the skin to plump, youthful look and producing a peptide that plays a critical role in fighting infections.
The skin is our largest organ, and, among other things, it protects against mechanical impacts. To ensure this protection, skin cells have to be connected especially closely.