Sunscreen offers incomplete protection, study finds | Dermatologists offer pre- and post-beach treatments | Medicare coverage for melanoma device sought by Mela Sciences
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July 16, 2014
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Sunscreen offers incomplete protection, study finds
Sunscreens with a protection factor of 50 protect only against immediate damage, but allow radiation to penetrate the skin and damage melanocytes, according to a study in the journal Nature. Sunscreen reduced DNA damage and delayed the development of skin cancer, but did not protect genes against all damage in the study. "This work highlights the importance of combining sunscreen with other strategies to protect our skin, including wearing hats and loose-fitting clothing, and seeking shade when the sun is at its strongest," study author Richard Marais said. Science World Report (7/15)
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Dermatologists offer pre- and post-beach treatments
Many patients seek laser hair removal before summer, but hair is not the only thing some patients want removed. Others ask dermatologists for treatments to remove tattoos and reduce cellulite and rejuvenate skin. Though summer may be busy, more patients seek dermatologic care in the fall in an effort to undo sun damage, says dermatologist Paul Frank. USA Today (7/13)
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Medicare coverage for melanoma device sought by Mela Sciences
Mela Sciences has submitted documents to earn a Medicare Part B reimbursement code for its MelaFind system, a handheld device used to diagnose melanoma in a noninvasive manner. The company hopes to have Medicare coverage for the device as early as January 2016. (Boston) (7/10)
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Galderma and Ipsen expand partnership
Nestle's Galderma unit will distribute Ipsen's wrinkle-relaxing treatment Dysport, or Azzalure, through 2036. Nestle has gained full control of Galderma and is launching Nestle Skin Health to further expand its dermatology product lines. Bloomberg (7/11)
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Desonide hydrogel reduces AD-associated itching in small trial
Twice-daily topical use of 0.05% desonide hydrogel reduced pruritus by at least half within seven days in all 20 patients with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in a preliminary study. "Increasingly, researchers and clinicians recognize that disrupted barrier function contributes not only to the xerotic and pruritic manifestations of AD, but also to the inflammatory cascade that underlies the disease," researcher and dermatologic surgeon Leon Kircik wrote. (7/8)
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Insurers expand telemedicine coverage
More health insurers are covering telemedicine for the diagnosis of minor ailments. Online care can reduce costs, improve access to health care providers and free doctors to provide more care, experts say. State boards and medical societies are developing standards to make it easier for doctors to offer online care and ensure patient safety. Bloomberg (7/14)
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Dermatologists can help spot Lynch syndrome
Patients with Lynch syndrome may also have sebaceous neoplasms, putting dermatologists on the front line for diagnosing the condition, according to a paper in JAMA Dermatology. Immunohistochemical screening of sebaceous neoplasms can reveal a genetic mutation associated with Lynch syndrome. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (7/15)
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Mo. establishes "assistant physician" classification
Medical school graduates in Missouri who have yet to pass final credentialing exams will be allowed to practice medicine as family physicians in underserved areas under a new law. The new "assistant physicians" must be directly supervised by a physician for 30 days, after which they can treat patients unsupervised and prescribe Schedule III, IV and V drugs. Assistant physicians may provide only primary care services and practice only in medically underserved or pilot project areas, according to the law. Medscape (free registration) (7/15)
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