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March 21, 2012
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  Healthy, Beautiful Skin 
 
  • Why DIY skin care devices don't compete with dermatologists
    Devices for do-it-yourself hair removal, wrinkle reduction, skin rejuvenation and acne treatment are far less strong than those dermatologists use, says dermatologist Joel Schlessinger. "I think that the hand-held devices are training wheels for people looking to get into these types of treatments. ... I think they are going to be a first step on people's roads to having a more intense cosmetic experience with the dermatologist," he said. Dermatology Times (3/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tools of the Trade 
  • Tool helps guide cosmetic decisions around mouth, developer says
    A validated, photographic perioral grading scale can guide decisions for treating cosmetic concerns around the mouth, developer and dermatologist Joel L. Cohen says. The assessment tool is "a useful aid in clinical practice, both as a patient education tool pre-procedure, especially for discussing realistic expectations of treatments, and for evaluating or reinforcing to patients their improvement after procedures," he said. Dermatology Times/Dermatology Times (3/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In-office radiotherapy lets some skin cancer patients avoid surgery
    A radiation device recently approved for use in an office setting offers a non-invasive alternative for select patients with skin cancer. Patients 60 and older with mild cases of basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma may qualify for treatment with the SRT-100 device instead of surgery, says dermatologist Nicole Hartsough. Patients must undergo treatment several times a week for four to five weeks, and younger patients or those with extensive, large or severe carcinoma are better treated with surgery, she said. Rockford Register Star (Ill.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Perfecting Your Practice 
  • Expert: Dermatologists' fees will face increasing scrutiny
    As the baby boom generation ages and skin cancer becomes more prevalent, dermatologists' fees will be under the microscope, says Dr. Jack Resneck Jr., an associate professor of clinical dermatology at the San Francisco Institute for Health Policy Studies and the University of California, San Francisco. Policymakers, insurers and employers will increasingly look for ways to curb health care spending, and dermatologists should do their best to keep their costs under control, he says. Medscape (free registration) (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis suggests need for more frequent life-support training
    A review of 11 international studies showed that health care providers' advanced life-support skills typically fade if not used six months to one year after training. Standard guidelines call for retraining every two years, researchers said. Lance Becker, director at University of Pennsylvania's Center for Resuscitation Science, said retraining every two years has been considered less than optimal by experts for a long time, but evidence from well-designed studies is needed to change guidelines. Reuters (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASDS News 
  • Portray the expertise of dermatologic surgeons and win $5,000
    You can win $5,000 when you create a 30 to 60 second video on the integral role dermatologic surgeons play in providing safe and effective skin care procedures and the importance of choosing an ASDS member. The Pioneers of Healthy Skin Video Contest helps support ASDS branding efforts in educating consumers by connecting with them through social media channels. Submission deadline is Aug. 30. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Help prevent skin cancer in your community
    The ASDS 2012 Choose Skin Health free skin cancer screening program is now under way! This valuable service emphasizes the importance of monitoring skin health for early signs of skin cancer, and reinforces that as a dermatologic surgeon, you are the expert on the health and beauty of the skin. As an ASDS volunteer screener, ASDS provide you will with the forms, tools and samples you need. Sign up now, and compete with your colleagues to be named the top volunteer screener in your region! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion."
--William Ralph Inge,
British author, priest and educator


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