Many Americans misunderstand dermatology, survey finds | Sunscreen-ingredient bill clears Senate committee | Feds seize beauty products
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September 24, 2014
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Many Americans misunderstand dermatology, survey finds
Twenty-seven percent of respondents to a survey think dermatologists spend most of their time doing cosmetic procedures, and 46% think dermatologists spend most of their time managing skin cancer. The lack of understanding can affect whether people seek care for skin problems and influence funding levels for dermatology research, the study team said. Dermatologists spend about 90% of their time performing surgeries and managing medical conditions, according to a workforce survey, and they counsel patients on sun protection, smoking, diet and exercise, dermatologist Karen Edison says. Reuters (9/18)
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Sunscreen-ingredient bill clears Senate committee
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has endorsed a bill seeking faster FDA reviews of applications to market new sunscreen ingredients. The Hill (9/17)
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Feds seize beauty products
U.S. marshals recently seized mislabeled or unapproved products made by Flawless Beauty, including Relumins advanced glutathione kits and Tatiomax glutathione collagen whitening kits. Healio (free registration) (9/17)
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Dr. Leonard Swinyer on VEOS® Dermatoscopes
"The VEOS from Canfield Imaging Systems is my number one choice for dermoscopy. Its superb lighting and optics provide an image clarity that takes the guesswork out of many diagnoses. The smart design fits nicely in my pocket and attaches easily to an iPhone for fast picture taking." Learn more >>
Leonard J. Swinyer, MD, FAAD, CPI, Salt Lake City, UT
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Study: Subcutaneous afamelanotide boosts effects of UV-B therapy in vitiligo
Repigmentation was better and faster in patients with nonsegmental vitiligo who were treated with afamelanotide and narrow-band UV-B phototherapy than those treated with the phototherapy alone, researchers report in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Patients with darker skin and those with lesions on the face and upper extremities responded faster. Healio (free registration) (9/18)
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Survey gauges patient comfort with photographs in dermatology
More than 88% of 400 patients participating in a survey said that the use of photography enhanced the quality of care, according to a study in the journal Dermatologic Surgery. Most preferred that dermatologists obtain written permission to use photographs of their skin in teaching situations, and most preferred that the images not be identifiable. Most would rather that the person taking photographs be of the same sex and said they would rather have the dermatologist take the photographs. Healio (free registration) (9/17)
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Effort to address medical licensing across state lines gains traction
Fifteen state medical boards are looking at endorsing the revised draft of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, according to Federation of State Medical Boards president and CEO Dr. Humayun Chaudhry, designed to streamline licensing across state lines. Goals of the effort include supporting telemedicine and providing a solution to provider shortages and increased patient demand for care. HealthLeaders Media (9/17)
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Silent Auction adds fun while aiding educational programs
The ASDS Annual Silent Auction, to be held Nov. 7 during the ASDS Annual Meeting, adds an element of fun and excitement to the evening while helping to support many ASDS educational programs. Your help is critical to the evening's success. Please donate an item such as concert or sporting event tickets, gift cards, electronics, a "day with a doctor," medical or office equipment, fine wines or collectibles. Complete the silent auction donation form or contact Tara Azzano at (847) 956-9128.
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Learn latest injection techniques, impending products
"The Art and Science of Soft-tissue Fillers and Neuromodulators," Oct. 25 and 26 in Dallas, provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn updated techniques in a small venue -- allowing for more personalized interactions with the presenters. Clinically relevant pearls will be emphasized as well as the latest information on new fillers and products that are in the 'pipeline.' " -- Sue Ellen Cox, M.D., faculty. Register online or call 847-956-0900.
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