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February 13, 2013
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • FDA: Dermatologists are best qualified to remove tattoos
    Fourteen percent of the adults in America who have a tattoo regret it, according to a Harris Interactive poll, and dermatologists who specialize in laser tattoo removal are the best qualified to perform the procedures, FDA official Mehmet Kosoglu said. ASDS members performed almost 100,000 tattoo removals in 2011. While the FDA has approved certain lasers and other methods for tattoo removal, none of the creams sold for the purpose has been either FDA-approved or proven to work, FDA dermatologist Markham Luke said. HealthDay News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers study topical gene therapy for skin cancer, wounds
    Researchers are getting closer to developing topical gene therapies for skin cancers, chronic wounds, psoriasis and other skin diseases, says Amy Paller, chair of dermatology at Northwestern University. New genome sequencing technology will make genetic diagnosis less expensive and possibly predict individual patients' responses to new drugs, she said, speaking at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar. Family Practice News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Topical antibiotic combo heals cutaneous leishmaniasis
    Topical paromomycin-only and paromomycin-gentamicin creams cured 82% and 81%, respectively, of cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis infections caused by Tunisian sand fly bites, without toxic side effects, researchers report in New England Journal of Medicine. Intramuscular paromomycin is often used to heal the lesions caused by the Leishmania major protozoa transmitted by the flies, but nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity are known side effects. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Abbreviated treatment with new antibiotic may clear skin infections
    Bacterial skin infections in patients who took 200 milligrams of tedizolid phosphate daily for six days cleared as well as infections in patients who took 600 milligrams of linezolid twice daily for 10 days in a Phase III clinical trial. Rates of side effects were similar in both groups. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Canfield Reinvents the Dermatoscope
The revolutionary DermScope® from Canfield Imaging Systems is the world's first intelligent dermatoscope. Combined with an iPhone® 4 or iPhone® 4s, it provides highly magnified viewing with standard or cross-polarized lighting. Quickly captures, tags and stores images of suspicious lesions for a more efficient and effective exam. Read more >>
  Tools of the Trade 
  • Dermatologic surgeon shares safety checklist for in-office surgery
    Careful documentation can improve the safety of surgical procedures, former ASDS president and dermatologic surgeon Roger Ceilley said at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar. Checklist items include circling the treatment site and having the patient confirm it, checking on allergies and the presence of electronic implants, making a note of blood pressure and pulse, and justifying the use of prophylactic antibiotics. Ceilley also discussed sutureless closures, closing tight wound defects, dressing surgical sites and equipping surgical trays. (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get your Edge On—Attract new clients with HydraFacial™ skin care treatments!
Patient and procedure counts are up at Northwest Dermatology Group in Southfield MI, ever since Dr. Emily Levin added HydraFacial MD® skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments. For Dr. Levin and hundreds of dermatology and medical clinics, HydraFacial™ is good business—and good medicine. Click here for clinical info and to schedule a demonstration
  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Bipartisan House bill would repeal Medicare SGR
    Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and identify new payment and delivery models based on specialty, practice type and region. The bill also increases payment updates for preventive care, primary care and coordinated care. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • Experience the latest laser techniques and technologies
    Practice new techniques and evaluate emerging technologies while learning the risks and benefits for a wide range of laser procedure options during the comprehensive ASDS Mastery of Lasers for Optimal Patient Outcomes offered April 20 and 21 in New York. Featuring a nonpatient, hands-on session and limited class size, this course provides invaluable opportunities to learn ASDS experts' best treatment practices and examine the different laser technologies. Call (847) 956-0900 or register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Invite a dermatology surgery expert to your training program
    The ASDS Visiting Professor Program brings renowned dermatologic surgery experts to your training program from one to three days to share their knowledge and insights. Residents will enjoy learning the latest treatments and techniques from ASDS experts, and residency programs can offer an expanded, cutting-edge curriculum. Visits are limited, so schedule today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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