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February 6, 2013
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • Tattoo removal program gives young people a clean slate
    About 40 teenagers and adults receive tattoo removal treatments each month through Clean Slate, a Santa Rosa, Calif., tattoo removal program run by Social Advocates for Youth. "Here you have young people who want to improve their lives, but they have this blotch of ink barring them," said dermatologist Mike Haiman of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, who helped start the program. Clinic patients say getting tattoos removed helps them get jobs and break away from gangs or unhealthy behaviors. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine bill would ban teens from tanning beds
    Salon tanning beds and booths would be closed to those younger than 18 under a bill proposed by Maine state Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick. Spray tanning, devices in the home and therapeutic or diagnostic devices would not be subject to the law. "If you get one sunburn, if you go tanning once when you’re young, that's it, the DNA is damaged," said dermatologist Robert MacNeal, who helped draft the bill. "Your risk of getting skin cancer is higher for the rest of your life." Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIV patients may be more prone to certain skin cancers
    HIV-positive patients were at double the risk of developing basal cell carcinomas and almost triple the risk for squamous cell carcinomas compared with HIV-negative individuals, a study of more than 43,500 patients found. An immune system deficiency may be behind the association, researchers said. The findings appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 
  • Devices offer noninvasive alternative for contouring
    Each of three noninvasive body contouring devices reduce body fat through a different mechanism, says dermatologic surgeon Michael S. Kaminer. Zeltiq's CoolSculpting device, which uses cryolipolysis to induce fat cell death, can significantly reduce fat while tightening the skin. Solta Medical's Liposonix attacks subcutaneous fat using focused ultrasound and may promote contraction and thickening of collagen. Erchonia Medical's Zerona laser delivers low-level red light that punctures fat cells. (2/5)
  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS has released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • Add a patient education center to your website
    Designed specifically for ASDS members, the Your Life, Your Skin Patient Education Center (PEC) is dynamic, affordable and fully customizable. A simple add-on to your existing practice website, the PEC is branded with your logo and includes more than 200 patient educational video presentations and personalized video messages. Sign up now for filming March 2 and 3 during the AAD Annual Meeting! For more information, call (312) 337-5100, ext. 229, e-mail or visit

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