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November 7, 2012
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • Dermatologist: That rash could be precancerous
    Actinic keratoses can evolve into squamous cell carcinoma if left untreated, but they are easily mistaken for harmless rashes, dermatologist Lisa Chipps says. Skin lesions or spots that change color, grow or bleed should be evaluated by a dermatologist, Chipps says. KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Redheads might be predisposed to melanoma without sun exposure
    A variation in the gene for the melanocortin 1 receptor might predispose people with red hair to melanoma, even in the absence of ultraviolet light exposure, according to a study in mice reported in the journal Nature. "The risk for people with this skin type has not changed, but now we know that blocking UV radiation -- which continues to be essential -- may not be enough," said Dr. David Fisher, director of the Cutaneous Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Timothy Flynn to lead the ASDS as president
    Dr. Timothy Flynn will serve as president and Dr. Mitchel Goldman as president-elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery for 2012-2013. Both are clinical professors of dermatology, Flynn at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Goldman at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. George Hruza, a clinical professor of dermatology and otolaryngology at Saint Louis University, was elected vice president. Dr. Abel Torres, chairman of the dermatology department at Loma Linda University, will serve as treasurer through 2015. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tools of the Trade 
  • Study: Head lotion effective for children with head lice
    Sanofi Pasteur's topical ivermectin head lotion Sklice effectively removed head lice in almost three out of four children with just a single, 10-minute application, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed. The FDA approved the product in February. Reuters (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Oversight of drug compounders didn't improve after 2002 outbreak
    Little has changed in the regulation and oversight of compounding pharmacies since a 2002 meningitis outbreak was tied to a drug made by a South Carolina pharmacy, an event similar to the current outbreak linked to Massachusetts' New England Compounding Center, said Jeffrey Engel, an epidemiologist who investigated the 2002 incident. Some pharmacies' mass production of high-risk treatments continues in many states, according to this article. The Washington Post (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey shows how patients use Web for health care
    A Manhattan Research survey revealed 54% of respondents turn to the Internet to determine the services they may need and the right health care personnel to provide them. Data also showed 79% of patients diagnosed with chronic disease in the past three months went online for their health care decisions, compared with 53% of patients diagnosed a year earlier. However, only 20% of Internet-savvy patients use the Web to choose a primary care physician, researchers said. American Medical News (free content) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • Increase patient confidence -- Display your ASDS membership!
    As patients become more educated, they increasingly look for credentials when selecting their dermatologist. Distinguish yourself from your peers by visually displaying your ASDS membership with ASDS membership plaques. Available in four different finishes to match every office décor, present them in every exam room to signify your dedication to the highest standards of patient care and excellence in dermatologic surgery. To order, visit or call (847) 956-0900. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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