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November 24, 2010
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • Nonhealing skin lesions may be basal cell carcinoma
    Small, dome-shaped bumps, nonhealing sores, or dark spots may be basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Though rarely life-threatening, unchecked BCC can cause serious problems and extensive local destruction of the skin. When caught early, BCC can be removed with a small incision and stitches. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Skin problem tied to celiac disease is treatable for some
    Some people with celiac disease who do not have intestinal symptoms but develop dermatitis herpetiformis may have to adopt a gluten-free diet for a short period of time, researchers said. The condition, characterized by painful blisters on the skin, may go into remission with drug and diet therapy for some patients, allowing them to resume a regular diet. Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Tools of the Trade 
  • VA gets creative to extend dermatology services
    Many veterans have had significant exposure to sun or chemicals that raise their risk for skin cancer and other dermatological diseases. The Veterans Administration is using teledermatology and mobile units to treat veterans in underserved areas. "Other medical centers have not been able to recruit dermatologists and we have, and we provide this service to them," said Ron Sandreth, operations manager for community and rural health programs at West Virginia's Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. The Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.)/The Associated Press (free registration) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Dermatologists can aid patients via ED consults
    Physicians in clinics or emergency departments who see patients with dermatologic conditions may be unfamiliar with subtle differences in skin diseases and diagnoses. Dermatologists can help by making themselves available to ED physicians for consults. "In the best of circumstances, there would be a panel of dermatologists in the community who would rotate calls just like any other specialty does in the ER," said Tucson, Ariz.-based dermatologist Dr. Norman Levine. Dr. Helen Torok said that the more she educates ED doctors, the more patient outcomes improve. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts predict growth in telemedicine as health reform advances: The growing demand for health services is likely to spur widespread adoption of telemedicine, which can offer patients and providers in rural and underserved communities easy access to specialists, experts say. "This is going to be a huge tool in trying to manage health care reform," one expert said. American Medical News (subscription required) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Few doctors use electronic patient referrals
    A Practice Fusion survey found that only 16% of responding doctors electronically referred patients to other providers but that those who used electronic referrals were much more satisfied than those who made phone referrals. Electronic health records can help streamline the referral process, improve communication and prevent medical errors, Practice Fusion's CEO said. Healthcare IT News (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • In Gratitude
    The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery would like to thank you for your continued support of the Society and the specialty of dermatologic surgery.  Without you, our members, we would not be able to accomplish the mission of the Society.  We wish you a happy Thanksgiving. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State of the Art Cosmetic and Reconstructive Anatomy Course and Cadaver Lab in Miami
    The ASDS invites you to attend the State of the Art Cosmetic and Reconstructive Anatomy Course and Cadaver Lab in Miami on Dec. 4 and 5. This educational symposium is designed to provide a comprehensive review of advanced techniques for combined treatments in cosmetic and reconstructive dermatologic surgery. Thought leaders in the fields of anatomy and dermatologic surgery will share their expertise on procedures and treatments for optimal primary and post-reconstructive cosmetic outcomes. This course provides essential knowledge for dermatologic surgeons who treat cancer patients and perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. This interactive, live CME activity combines lecture, discussion and a five-hour hands-on cadaver lab. Get more information here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."
--Cynthia Ozick,
American writer,
quoted for Thanksgiving in the U.S., Nov. 25, 2010

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