Ask the right questions to choose anti-aging regimen, expert says
Though the Fitzpatrick Scale and Global Heritage Model can help identify intrinsic factors of aging related to skin pigment, genetic factors do not present a complete picture, says dermatologic surgeon Jennifer Linder of the University of California, San Francisco. Ethnicity affects how skin ages and responds to anti-aging therapies, and asking patients questions about heredity can help determine appropriate treatments, Linder says. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times
Implanted metals near the skin might boost skin cancer risk
People with contact allergies to nickel, cobalt, chromium or other metals can develop rashes and skin cancer when medical devices containing those metals are implanted near the skin, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. A woman whose broken ankle was repaired with an implanted metal rod developed a rash near the implant site that did not abate after her nickel allergy was identified and the rod removed. The woman later developed Marjolin's ulcer, a rare skin cancer, at the rash site. HealthDay News
Skin app is useful, but it's no substitute for a dermatologist
Though 45% of Americans trust dermatologists as the best beauty experts, only 9% of those surveyed had visited a dermatologist within the past year. A new smartphone application developed with the help of dermatologists analyzes a self-photo for signs of skin damage and recommends a treatment regimen. Journalist Becky Worley compared the app's recommendations with those of dermatologist Vic Narurkar and found the app is no substitute for a dermatologist. ABC News
Lasers, stem cells gain traction in wound healing
Studies have found that lasers and light-based devices might encourage wound healing, dermatologist Tania Phillips said at the annual meeting of the Canadian Dermatology Association. Phillips, director of the Dermatology Wound Clinic at Boston Medical Center, noted that sprays containing human allogeneic fibroblasts and keratinocytes have shown promise, as have bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times
CMS upgrades Open Payments website
The database of payments from drug and device makers to U.S. doctors now allows users to search by doctor name, specialty or location, or by company name or teaching hospital. Payments can be sorted in ascending or descending order and are grouped as general payments, research payments or company ownership stake. General payments are further delineated by type, such as for meals, education or consulting. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog
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