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A New Way To Analyse Melanoma

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, it is the most lethal of the various forms of this disease. It can be cured but only if detected early enough in its progress. Now, writing in the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, a research team from India has developed a new way to analyse skin lesions that may or may not be melanoma and so allow a more reliable diagnosis to be developed.

Tazarotene Gel an Option for Post-Acne Scarring

Home treatment with tazarotene gel was as effective as microneedling in improving acne scar severity, in a small trial in India. "Post-acne scarring (results) in long-lasting physical disfigurement and low self-esteem in affected individuals," Dr. Tarun Narang of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh told Reuters Health.

Balneo-Phototherapy For The Treatment Of Atopic Eczema

Atopic eczema, also called neurodermatitis, is a chronic skin condition usually associated with severe itching, which can cause massive impairment of the quality of life. The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) had already investigated in 2007 whether a combination of bath therapy and UV light therapy (balneo-phototherapy) has better treatment results than UV light therapy alone.

Lipid Involved In Skin Cell Turnover Aid In Psoriasis

A lipid that helps keep skin cell turnover on track may help restore healthy turnover in psoriasis, investigators say. Topical application of the lipid phosphatidylglycerol, or PG, on a mouse model of psoriasis reduced inflammation as well as characteristic, raised skin lesions, they report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Cells Beneath The Skin Explain Differences In Healing

Differences in the cells that give skin its resilience and strength during wound repair may explain why individuals heal differently, according to a new Yale study published Nov. 23 in the journal Science. Fibroblasts, the cells that form the protein structure beneath the surface of the skin, were once thought to be fairly uniform in their function.

Protein Make Squamous Carcinoma Cells Invasive

Loss of a protein called TRIM29 promotes cancer cell invasion in a common type of skin cancer, suggesting a novel diagnostic marker and a possible therapeutic target. Squamous cell carcinoma is a common type of skin cancer, usually affecting skin that is exposed to the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Yields Minimal Benefit for Photoaged Skin

Compared with placebo, a single injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may reduce signs of photoaging as perceived by recipients of the treatment, researchers say. Dr. Murad Alam of Northwestern University in Chicago and colleagues studied 19 patients (mean age, 46; 17 women) with bilateral cheek rhytids of Glogau class II or greater who received a 3 mL injection of PRP in one cheek and normal saline in the other.