Statins don't protect against melanoma, analysis finds | Scientists ID gene involved in distant melanoma metastases | Tattoos, pigmented lesions respond to picosecond laser
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April 25, 2012
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Better diagnosis and awareness lower melanoma death rate
The survival rate for patients with melanoma has risen thanks to better patient and physician awareness as well as better diagnostic tools, says dermatologist Ashfaq A. Marghoob of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Total body photography, dermoscopy and confocal microscopy have improved the benign-to-malignant biopsy ratio, Marghoob said at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar. (4/18)
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Statins don't protect against melanoma, analysis finds
Cholesterol-lowering statins do not prevent melanoma in white women, according to an analysis of Women's Health Initiative study results. Researchers identified 89 melanoma cases among 8,800 women who took statins and 1,111 cases out of 111,000 nonusers over 12 years. Reuters (4/20)
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Tattoos, pigmented lesions respond to picosecond laser
Treatment with a picosecond 755 nm alexandrite laser cleared pigmented lesions in two treatments and tattoos in two to four treatments in a small clinical trial. The laser achieved 75% clearance of professional tattoos that were mostly black but included blue or green ink in two to four treatments. In another study, most tattoos were nearly completely cleared with one or two treatments. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (4/24)
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Autologous fibroblast therapy shows promise in trials
Fibrocell Science's Laviv improved the appearance of nasolabial fold wrinkles in late-state clinical trials, according to research published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery. The therapy involves injection of a patient's own fibroblast cells to produce collagen. The Dermatologist online (4/20)
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Mentors taught ASDS president the value of communication
ASDS President Susan Weinkle attributes her communication skills to mentorship throughout her career. Mentors "taught me the importance of listening and being responsive and responsible in whatever position you take on," Weinkle said. She encourages ASDS members to communicate with each other and participate at all levels in the organization. Dermatology Times (4/2012)
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ASDS Annual Meeting: Abstracts due May 15
Time is running out to submit your abstracts for the ASDS Annual Meeting being held Oct. 11-14 in Atlanta. Abstracts can be for oral or poster presentation in the following categories: botulinum toxins and fillers; cosmeceuticals; general cosmetic dermatologic surgery, general reconstructive dermatologic surgery; lasers and light-based technology; liposuction and body sculpting; and tumor oncology and research; Mohs surgery and skin cancer. For further information or questions, visit or contact Shonnie Shelton at
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Dermatologic Surgery journal awards deadline quickly approaching
Submit your manuscript by May 15 for the Dermatologic Surgery Review Article Incentive Program and the Young Investigators Writing Competition and you could win free general registration for the ASDS Annual Meeting, publication in Dermatologic Surgery and more! Submission guidelines and applications are available at For questions, contact April Samuelson at (847) 956-0900.
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