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Drug for Fungal Infections in Lung Transplant Recipients Increases Risk for Skin Cancer, Even Death

Voriconazole, a prescription drug commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, significantly increases the risk for skin cancer and even death, according to a new study by UCSF researchers.

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Georgetown Lombardi Offers New Melanoma Study Comparing Two Treatment Regimens

A new nationwide clinical trial comparing two groups of drugs — both effective in treating melanoma.

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Top Stories 21 August 2015

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Metastatic Melanoma Expert Available for Comment

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Eczema Common and Extremely Uncomfortable Condition for Infants

The excitement of a newborn baby turned to worry when a few weeks after Lorenzo Torres-Ramirez was born his parents started to notice red spots on his face.

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Dermatologists Identify Procedures That May Not Be Necessary

The American Academy of Dermatology today released new recommendations regarding dermatologic tests and treatments that are not always necessary. This marks the Academy’s second list developed as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an ABIM Foundation initiative designed to help patients avoid care that may be unnecessary for them.

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What's Causing That Rash?

Allergic contact dermatitis is a rash that occurs after the skin comes into contact with an allergen. The substance causing the reaction may be unclear in some cases, but a dermatologist can identify the source of the problem.

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Study: Fewer Moles May Mean More Aggressive Melanoma

According to new research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2015 Summer Academy Meeting in New York, those with fewer moles may be diagnosed with more aggressive melanoma than those with many moles.

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Research Links Psoriasis, Depression

New research, presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2015 Summer Academy Meeting in New York, indicates that psoriasis patients may have an increased risk of depression.

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The First Steps of Sun Protection: How to Keep Your Baby Safe

According to new research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2015 Summer Academy Meeting in New York, some parents are not taking the proper steps to protect their infants from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

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How to Tell if a Rash Needs Medical Attention

To the untrained eye, all rashes may look alike and seem easily treatable with over-the-counter oral antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream. However, it is not so simple, say member dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Transplant Recipients More Likely to Develop Aggressive Melanoma

Organ transplant recipients are twice as likely to develop melanoma as people who do not undergo a transplant, and three times more likely to die of the dangerous skin cancer, suggests new research led by a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health student.

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New Combination Treatment Effective Against Melanoma Skin Metastases

In findings never before seen in melanoma, a novel combination therapy was found to be highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases, new research from UC Davis has shown.

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Patients in the Pacific Northwest Now Have Access to Additional Treatment for Ocular Melanoma

For most the ability to see is often taken for granted. But for the thousands diagnosed with ocular melanoma, the fear of losing their eyesight or even worse, their lives, is an all too real possibility. Ocular melanoma is seen as a rare form of cancer, with approximately two thousand new diagnoses per year. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center has now made proton therapy accessible to patients with localized ocular melanoma.

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Topical Gel Proves Safe, Effective Treatment for Patients with Skin T Cell Lymphoma

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Results of a phase one trial show that an investigational topical drug, resiquimod gel, causes regression of both treated and untreated tumor lesions and may completely remove cancerous cells from both sites in patients with early stage cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) – a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects the skin. Currently, there is no cure for CTCL aside from a bone marrow transplant. However, the new study shows that the topical gel can eliminate malignant T cells, leading to diminished lesions.

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Penn Scientists Identify Key Genetic Factor That Keeps Moles From Turning Into Melanoma

Moles are benign tumors found on the skin of almost every adult. Scientists have known for years that a mutation in the BRAF gene makes them start growing, but until now haven’t understood why they stop. Now, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a major genetic factor that keeps moles in their usual non-cancerous, no-growth state.

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Chicago Bears, American Academy of Dermatology Team Up to Fight Skin Cancer

The American Academy of Dermatology and the Chicago Bears are teaming up to promote skin cancer prevention and detection by hosting free SPOTme® skin cancer screenings on Aug. 6 and 7.

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Veterans Returning from Middle East Face Higher Skin Cancer Risk

Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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Non-surgical treatment for double chin available @UCSDHealth

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Will One Bad Sunburn Give You Skin Cancer?

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