News and Notes about Dermatology and Skin Care
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The University of Michigan has just released a new mobile application designed to help users identify the first signs of skin cancer.  The app called UMSkinCheck allows users to take photographs of suspicious moles or lesions, basically guiding them through a skin self-exam.  What is even more useful is the ability to monitor the progress …
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Recent studies have shown that at least three cups of non-decaf coffee a day may provide protection again the most common form of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.  Women who consumed more than three cups of coffee a day were 21 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma while males drinking the same …
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A new study suggest that women exposed during pregnancy to a common household chemical called butyl benzyl phthalate (BBzP) are 52% more likely to have babies who experience eczema by age 2. The researchers stated that BBzP is used in vinyl flooring, artificial leather and other materials, and can be released into the air.  Other common …
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A recent study of over 500,000 Britons’ health records has revealed that those with the chronic skin condition called psoriasis were most likely to also develop Type 2 Diabetes.  Also alarming was the fact that those with extreme psoriasis where 46 percent more likely to receive a diabetes diagnosis than those without the skin condition. …
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What most people deem as a safe and healthier alternative to baking in a tanning bed might also offer dangers of its own.  According to a panel of experts who reviewed a vast amount of scientific studies and documents, the active ingredient in spray tan solutions, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), has the potential to cause DNA damage …
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Humans require vitamin D for healthy living. Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). You also need vitamin D for other important body functions. Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, and …
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Like most autoimmune diseases, the “how and whys” of psoriasis are relatively unknown in common medical circles.  What is known is tremendous pain and suffering that results from psoriasis.   Those with the disease often suffer from red and white, inflamed patches on the surface of their skin which often are very itchy and painful.  A …
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Despite all of today’s teens “texting” and tweeting out their latest escapades, there is one message that they don’t seem to be broadcasting.  The missed message is that tanning is not what they think it is and can have long-lasting effects on their skin and health.  A new survey conducted by American Academy of Dermatology …
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Japanese technology company, Fujitsu Laboratories, has developed a new system for measuring skin color accurately using a smartphone’s camera and a Color Frame.  Utilizing this technology, consumers and doctors can measure skin condition, including spots, dullness, and pore size easily.  According to Fujitsu officials: Skin looks different under different lighting conditions, such as incandescent or …
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It seems the confusion regarding which sunscreen to use will continue longer as the FDA has delayed enforcement of rules designed to possibly ease confusion among consumers about which product offers the most protection.  Last summer the FDA ordered manufacturers to comply by this July with regulations requiring them to to make clear how much …
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