Probiotics show up in skin care products | Atopic dermatitis treatments need more study, researchers say | More men seek aesthetic dermatologic procedures
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October 15, 2014
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Probiotics show up in skin care products
Makers of skin care products are increasingly adding probiotics to creams, face washes and face masks, and research has shown that topical probiotics can inhibit acne and rosacea. "When you apply a probiotic directly it can actually act as a barrier because it's competing with the bad bacteria from taking hold," said dermatologic surgeon Whitney Bowe, a clinical assistant professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. ABC News (10/14)
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Atopic dermatitis treatments need more study, researchers say
Treatments for atopic dermatitis should be tested in clinical trials that are more racially and ethnically diverse, according to a literature review published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Results were good for treatments including narrow-band ultraviolet light and low-dose UVA and UVB therapy. Only two of the studies reviewed reported racial or ethnic information. Healio (free registration) (10/10)
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More men seek aesthetic dermatologic procedures
Some 40% of the patients dermatologic surgeon Michael Eidelman sees at his practice are men seeking treatments such as wrinkle-relaxing injections, eyebrow sculpting, dermal fillers, laser hair removal and teeth whitening. Dermatologic surgeons Vic Narurkar and Arielle Kauvar say they see more men seeking procedures such as laser rejuvenation and cryolipolysis. GQ (10/2014)
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Lack of regulatory oversight means more patients injured by lasers
Patients seeking hair removal and skin resurfacing or rejuvenation at medical spas and retail clinics have been burned, blistered and scarred from botched laser jobs. "I see patients all the time getting burned from going to medical spas," dermatologic surgeon Susan Van Dyke said. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (10/11)
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Expert explains how to use new hybrid laser
A new hybrid fractional laser allows simultaneous ablative and nonablative treatment and yields uniform results, according to dermatologic surgeon Vic Narurkar. The 1,470 nm nonablative wavelength is used for coagulation, and the depth of penetration can be adjusted for epidermal and dermal pigmented lesions. The 2,940 nm (erbium:YAG) ablative wavelength can be tuned. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (10/13)
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Syneron launches dual wavelength picosecond laser in Europe
Syneron Medical launched the PicoWay dual-wavelength tattoo removal device at a recent European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology meeting. The device generates 532 nm and 1,064 nm wavelengths in picosecond pulses for tattoo removal and the treatment of pigmented lesions. Syneron expects the device cleared by the FDA this year and on the market next year. Plastic Surgery Practice magazine online (10/8), Healio (free registration) (10/9)
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Perfecting Your Practice is ready for heavy traffic, CMS official says
The federal health insurance exchange is ready to handle even more volume than on the busiest day of open enrollment for 2014, when the site handled 125,000 users at once and 4.8 million visitors in one day, CMS official Andrew Slavitt said. A new round of end-to-end testing is underway. Reuters (10/8), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/9)
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Survey shows HIE progress, but interoperability barriers remain
Many of the 135 health information exchange groups responding to the eHealth Initiative's 2014 HIE survey are showing maturity in their HIE strategies, with 101 respondents saying their systems now integrate secure messaging and 85 participants saying they use alert services to facilitate care transitions. Survey respondents, however, said the cost of establishing EHR interfaces and other issues are hindering them from attaining interoperability. Health Data Management (10/9), (10/9), EHR Intelligence (10/10)
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ASDS Annual Meeting: Advance registration ends Friday
ASDS Annual Meeting
There are only a few days left to secure your spot at the ASDS Annual Meeting, Nov. 6 to 9 in San Diego. After Friday, registration will be accepted on-site only. With your choice of over 80 sessions, hands-on workshops, live patient demonstrations and fun networking events, you have access to more state-of-the-art procedures, new tools and technologies, and the most important trends in cosmetic, general, Mohs and reconstructive dermatology procedures than any other event in the specialty. View the complete program and register today!
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Deadline Dec. 31 for Dermatologic Surgery writing contests
Dermatologic Surgery
Be sure to submit manuscripts for this year's Review Article Incentive Program and Young Investigators Writing Competition before Dec. 31. Winners will receive complimentary registration to the 2015 ASDS Annual Meeting in Chicago and have their articles published in the Dermatologic Surgery journal. Applications -- submitted after manuscripts are accepted by the journal -- are due by May 15. For questions, contact Amanda Spejcher.
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