Shifting cultural norms led to rise in melanoma rates | Study: Patients with moles might be at high risk for melanoma | Microneedling: Don't try it at home, dermatologists say
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October 8, 2014
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Shifting cultural norms led to rise in melanoma rates
Changing fashions, cultural attitudes about tanning and beliefs about health have contributed to rising melanoma rates, according to an article in the American Journal of Public Health. Tans were once associated with low socioeconomic status but gradually became associated with leisure and good health, revealing clothes became more acceptable and sunshine became associated with curing rickets and tuberculosis. "Attitudes and behaviors shape exposures. More skin, more sun and more tan lead to more melanoma," said Dr. David Polsky, a professor of dermatologic oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center. HealthDay News (10/7)
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Study: Patients with moles might be at high risk for melanoma
Patients who have moles might be at higher risk for melanoma than their peers without moles and should be monitored closely, according to a study presented at the 15th World Congress on Cancers of the Skin. For example, patients with a mole on the trunk had an 8.99 rate ratio for a melanoma on the trunk and a 5.66 rate ratio for a melanoma elsewhere. (10/1)
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Microneedling: Don't try it at home, dermatologists say
Studies have shown that microneedling can improve the appearance of scars and minimize wrinkles, but do-it-yourself kits put users at risk of infection and scarring, dermatologists warn. Three consumers treated at a spa suffered allergic reactions to serums applied after microneedling, according to a report in JAMA Dermatology. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Aches & Claims blog (10/6)
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Tools of the Trade
Post-rejuvenation skin care is key to lasting results
Patients who receive skin resurfacing or laser therapy to rejuvenate sun-damaged skin must limit sun exposure to prevent complications and get the best results, dermatologist Vivian Bucay says. People often believe treatment results will last indefinitely, and patient education is important, Bucay says. "They can understand ours is a long-term relationship that will require effort on both sides in order to achieve an optimal outcome," she said. Modern Medicine/Cosmetic Surgery Times (9/30)
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Perfecting Your Practice
Medical groups urge SGR repeal during lame-duck session
Medical groups including the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians at a Capitol Hill briefing urged Congress to pass legislation repealing Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula during the upcoming lame-duck session, when politics may not play as big a role. "It creates the possibility of having a discussion without the political ramifications of something being held against you [in an election]," said American Academy of Family Physicians President Dr. Reid Blackwelder, whose group supported the call to action. Medscape (free registration) (10/2)
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MU hardship exemption application extended to Nov. 30
The CMS announced that it will accept hardship exemption applications from providers until Nov. 30 to help them avoid penalties for failing to meet meaningful use requirements. The previous deadlines had passed on April 1 for eligible hospitals and July 1 for eligible professionals. EHR Intelligence (10/7), (free registration) (10/7)
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Final days to save $100 on ASDS Annual Meeting
ASDS Annual Meeting
The advance registration deadline for the ASDS Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-9 in San Diego, is only a few days away! Register today to save $100 off your registration and connect with more than 700 dermatologists to discuss the latest approaches, new tools and technologies, and the most important trends in cosmetic, general, Mohs and reconstructive dermatologic procedures. Don't wait. Register today!
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Get insights into facial planes to improve outcomes
Learn how to employ anatomy to obtain the best results and prevent complications during the State-of-the-Art Cosmetic and Reconstructive Anatomy Course and Cadaver Laboratory, Dec. 6 and 7 in Miami. Directors Stephen H. Mandy, M.D., and Gary D. Monheit, M.D., will review advanced techniques for reconstructive and aesthetic procedures as well as address conundrums and challenging cases from attendees. A small-group open cadaver lab provides in-depth individual training with injectables and scalpel surgery of facial soft-tissue areas. Register online or call 847-956-0900.
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