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December 26, 2012
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News for and about dermatologic surgeons

  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
  • Dermal fillers make old skin act young in study
    The dermal filler Restylane boosted the extracellular matrix, encouraged the formation of new collagen and made skin look younger when injected into the buttocks of octogenarians, researchers report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The patients' thinning skin thickened and produced more blood vessels. NBC News/Vitals blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vitiligo patients have lower skin cancer risk, study finds
    People with vitiligo were three times less likely than people who do not have the disease to develop skin cancer, a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found. The autoimmune response triggered by vitiligo might have a protective effect against skin cancers, a researcher said. The study was based on a survey of patients with vitiligo and their partners without the disease. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tools of the Trade 
  • FDA OKs use of Varizig to ease effects of chickenpox
    Cangene's Varizig has been approved by the FDA to reduce the severity of chickenpox symptoms within four days after exposure to varicella zoster virus among individuals at high risk for chickenpox. High-risk patients include newborns, pregnant women, premature babies, children less than a year old, those with compromised immune systems and those without viral immunity, according to the agency. News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Poll: Americans concerned about health care access
    A poll conducted by Gallup shows that 23% of Americans see health care access as the most urgent health problem in the U.S., followed by health care costs at 19%. Gallup noted that the provisions in the Affordable Care Act meant to address the issues may not be felt until full implementation of the law in 2014. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • Save on sutures, supplies, medical equipment and more
    Aesyntix Physician Network, an ASDS partner program, provides ASDS members with exclusive access to valuable discounts on thousands of commonly purchased medical, surgical and business supplies, including sutures (Ethicon), medical lasers (Lumenis), office supplies (Staples), package delivery (UPS and FedEx), wireless phone service (AT&T and Sprint) and more. ASDS members receive access to the APN contracts at no cost and no obligation. For more information visit or e-mail or call (916) 791-9500. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enjoy tax benefits while supporting the ASDS
    As the year ends, a simple way to maximize your tax deductions is to renew your ASDS membership and make a contribution to the Dermasurgery Advancement Fund (DSAF) before Dec. 31. Not only will you save $75 on your ASDS membership dues, but your DSAF contribution helps support the Specialty’s future in very important areas: directed clinical research, advocacy and public awareness on the dermatologic surgeons' scope of practice, and consumer education on patient safety and access to quality care. Continue your commitment to excellence and the future of dermatologic surgery by paying your dues and making your contribution online now. For questions, please contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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