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September 29, 2010
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • Teens beware: Tattoo removal is expensive and imperfect
    Tattoos are popular with young adults, with 38% of 18- through 29-year-olds having at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Teenagers seeking tattoos are often unaware of the medical risks in a largely unregulated industry. Moreover, teens may assume that they can easily have an unwanted tattoo removed later, but the process is expensive and imperfect. "What we do in most cases is lighten the tattoo," said dermatologist and ASDS spokeswoman Dr. Ranella Hirsch. "We get it to be a lot less obvious, but we are rarely able to completely remove it." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dermatologists share 15 skin-care tips
    Using sunscreen, eating a healthy diet and using moisturizer are tried and true ways to keep skin looking good. Dermatologists also practice yoga and other relaxation techniques, drink green tea, and lift weights to give their own skin a healthy glow. MSNBC/Prevention (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tools of the Trade 
  • Antioxidant supplements may speed melanoma growth
    Women who took a daily vitamin supplement containing vitamin E, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc were four times more likely to develop skin cancer than those who took a placebo, according to a study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention. Researchers believe that antioxidants may speed tumor growth as opposed to causing cancer. The Daily Mail (London) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Melanoma has many forms and causes
    Melanoma takes many forms, from premalignant in situ lesions to scab-like patches on the skin to invisible brain cancer. Early detection and removal are key to survival, but even highly experienced pathologists sometimes have trouble determining whether a pigmented skin lesion is a mole or melanoma, says David E. Fisher, chairman of dermatology and director of the melanoma program at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Consults blog (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Study: Text alerts improve health outcomes in dermatology patients
    A recent study suggested that sending text messages to remind patients who have atopic dermatitis to take their medications can lead to better treatment adherence and patient outcomes. According to the study, 72% of patients were better motivated to follow their skin care regimens and 76% reported improvements in their skin condition after receiving daily text alerts for six weeks. InformationWeek (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASDS past-president is a pioneer for skin cancer awareness, prevention
    Dr. Roger Ceilley, who led ASDS during the late 1980s, helped start the Mohs surgery program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and has been a constant champion of dermatologists as a front-line defense against skin cancer. He believes there is even more those in the field can do for patients today. "Dermatologists are the experts in diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes," he said. "We need to provide support for additional training so that we have adequate numbers of dermatologists." Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASDS News 
  • Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
    The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is excited to announce its Member-Get-A-Member Campaign, Aug. 15 to Dec. 31. This program gives you an exciting and rewarding opportunity to reach out to your colleagues and invite them to join the ASDS. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This unique, innovative training course on dermal fillers and injectables provides an unequaled opportunity to learn in an intimate setting through lecture, video presentations and demonstrations on live patients. The full span of new and emerging dermal products and techniques will be covered. Faculty members are experienced teachers and leaders in dermatologic surgery. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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