Rheumatologists, dermatologists, and patient advocates have come together to publish the first-ever international guidelines for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, a disease that mainly affects people who have psoriasis but also some people without it.
Skin Care Treatment
Current research suggests that stress may activate immune cells in your skin, resulting in inflammatory skin disease. The related report by Joachim et al., "Stress-induced Neurogenic Inflammation in Murine Skin Skews Dendritic Cells towards Maturation and Migration: Key role of ICAM-1/LFA-1 interactions," appears in the November issue of The American Journal of Pathology.
Can one person living in a small town in Alaska help people across the nation find relief for their dry skin? The Vaseline brand thinks so and turned to Petal Ruch, mother of four, vocal instructor and resident of Kodiak, Alaska (population: 6,000) to start a word-of-mouth campaign for new Vaseline Clinical Therapy Lotion, the most efficacious lotion in the Vaseline product line. Vaseline Clinical Therapy is a prescription strength moisturizer available without a prescription, so people can "prescribe" it to themselves and others.
A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that use of oral Vitamin D supplements bolsters production of a protective chemical normally found in the skin, and may help prevent skin infections that are a common result of atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.
Top researchers in the fields of dermatology, melanoma and biology have issued a report that indoor tanning and tanning beds are equally unsafe for skin as ultraviolet radiation from the sun and may contribute to the marked increase in skin cancers. Scientists from the University of London and University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center carried out the research and have strongly urged people to stop self tanning.
Treating the skin with estrogen can stimulate collagen production—which improves the appearance of the skin—in areas not typically exposed to the sun, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System.
But in sun-damaged skin, the same treatment does not increase collagen production, the study found. The findings elucidate why it is so difficult to reverse the effects of sun damage on the skin, says lead author Laure Rittie, Ph.D., research investigator in the U-M Department of Dermatology.
The most commonly used moisturizers are found to increase skin cancer risk in mice, trials show.
Researchers from Rutgers University in Piscataway examined mice, which were exposed to ultraviolet rays to create a situation as if the mice are exposed to sun rays. Once UV treatment was completed, four most commonly used moisturizers - Dermabase, Dermavan, Eucerin, Vanicream - were separately applied to mice skin during a 17 week period of time.
Tumorigenic Effect of Some Commonly Used Moisturizing Creams when Applied Topically to UVB-Pretreated High-Risk Mice.
Irradiation of SKH-1 mice with UVB (30 mJ cm-2) twice a week for 20 weeks resulted in mice with a high risk of developing skin tumors over the next several months in the absence of further irradiation with UVB (high-risk mice).
A national analysis of doctor office and emergency department records shows that the types of skin infections caused by community-acquired MRSA doubled in the eight-year study period, with the highest rates seen among children and in urban emergency rooms.
The study, conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, examined annual data from the National Center for Health Statistics of patient visits for skin and soft-tissue infections from 1997 to 2005. The results appear in the July 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Sternberg’s presentation focused on how myositis affects the skin in a specific form of the disease called dermatomyositis. She also spoke about skin symptoms that were relevant to those with inclusion body myositis and polymyositis. Lastly, she highlighted different ways to care for your skin, which was a topic from which everyone in the workshop could benefit.
Dermatomyositis and Skin Symptoms
Laugh lines, crow's feet, brown spots, and wrinkles are inevitable signs of aging, but all that is about to change thanks to the most advanced technology in laser skin resurfacing. Through a newly-formed alliance between Eclipsemed Ltd., one of the country's leading aesthetic laser distributors since 1993, and DEKA, one of the world's largest and best-known laser manufacturers, DOT Therapy (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) is now the state-of-the-art procedure in laser skin resurfacing.
Most available sunscreens are found to be not that effective and safe as advertised when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun.
Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization, which decided to check the available sunscreen products for their efficiency and safety. The group examined 950 brand name sunscreen products, 400 published studies about these products and 60 national databases on information about what chemicals sunscreens contain and how toxic these chemicals can actually be.
As a precautionary measure, Sage Products announced a voluntary recall of limited lots of 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Cloth Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation product. Testing of bulk 2% CHG solution from an outside supplier was found positive for Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia).
There are many types of skin cancer: Melanoma skin cancer that forms in skin cells that make pigment; Basal cell skin cancer that forms in small, round cells in the base of the outer layer of skin; Squamous cell skin cancer (one of two most common) that forms in flat cells that form the surface of the skin; Neuroendocrine skin cancer that forms in cells that release hormones in response to signals from the nervous system.
Long used by island women to ensure healthy, moisture-rich skin, heal damaged skin, reduce scarring and eliminate redness, this oil found its way into the European and US cosmetic markets in the 1920's and has since been thoroughly researched by independent laboratories world-wide.
Target unveiled a new line of certified natural and organic skin care products developed exclusively for multicultural skin types. SheaMoisture is a distinctive array of bath, body and skin care products developed to address diverse skin care needs -- from dry and sensitive to normal.
Nutrition 21 introduced Skin Rejuvenation a new Iceland Health-branded product. Skin Rejuvenation is an Omega-3 formulation with nutrients and anti-oxidants in capsule form designed to reduce, at the cellular level, inflammation that causes facial wrinkles.
BioTrends Research Group released its third annual TreatmentTrends : Psoriasis publication, providing insight into the management of psoriasis. This report is based on responses to an online survey completed by 102 US Dermatologists in April 2008.
Fine wrinkles, deeper creases, saggy areas around the mouth and neck - the sights in the mirror that make baby boomers wince - are not inevitable. They result from a structural breakdown inside the skin that some existing treatments effectively counteract by stimulating the growth of new, youthful collagen, University of Michigan scientists say.
The researchers report an emerging picture of collagen collapse and possible renewal, based on more than a decade of studies, in the May issue of Archives of Dermatology.
The available options in sunscreen protection have become more plentiful than ever, including formulations offering a smoother application or enhanced protection from ultraviolet (UV) light.
With nearly 10 million minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures conducted in 2007, today's population is in search of alternatives to treat their wrinkles without having to go under the knife.
For over the past 15 years, doctors used traditional CO2 lasers to change the surface and appearance of the skin. However, these lasers are riddled with problems including permanent loss of pigment, scarring, prolonged redness and healing and a potential for an unnatural waxy appearance.
Smooth, radiant skin with just a click of a laser sounds like a dream come true for many people. But how many sessions does it take to get results and how long do you have to hide from your friends?
Derma Sciences discusses the research done by Narelle George and Keith Cutting on the product's in-vitro activity against clinical isolates of MRSA, VRE, and other multi-resistant gram-negative organisms including Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Since January 2008, there have been 64 cases of measles reported in nine states in the U.S. That may seem like a small number, but it's actually the highest number of Measles outbreaks for the same period of time since 2001. Currently Measles outbreaks are still going on in Arizona, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.