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Melanoma Risk Found to Have Genetic Determinant

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A leading Dartmouth researcher, working with The Melanoma Genetics Consortium, GenoMEL, an international research consortium, co-authored a paper published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that proves longer telomeres increase the risk of melanoma.

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Vitiligo Treatment Holds Promise for Restoring Skin Pigmentation

A treatment regimen is safe and effective for restoring skin pigmentation in vitiligo patients, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. “Our findings offer patients with vitiligo worldwide a renewed hope for a bright future in the treatment of this disfiguring disease,” says Henry Lim, M.D., chair of Dermatology at Henry Ford and the study’s lead author. “Patients with lesions on their face and arms could have a more rapid response to the combination treatment.”

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Skin Cancer Risks Higher for Soldiers Serving Abroad

Soldiers deployed to tropical and sunny climates are coming home with increased risk factors for a threat far from the battlefield: skin cancer.

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Dartmouth Research Links Genetic Mutation and Melanoma Progression

Dartmouth researchers have found that the genetic mutation BRAFV600E , frequently found in metastatic melanoma, not only secretes a protein that promotes the growth of melanoma tumor cells, but can also modify the network of normal cells around the tumor to support the disease’s progression. Targeting this mutation with Vemurafenib reduces this interaction, and suggests possible new treatment options for melanoma therapy. They report on their findings in “BRAFV600E melanoma cells secrete factors that activate stromal fibroblasts and enhance tumourigenicity,” which was recently published in British Journal of Cancer.

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Caring for Tattooed Skin: Tips From Dermatologists

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Board-certified dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology share tips for keeping tattooed skin healthy and vibrant.

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The Dallas Cowboys Team Up with the American Academy of Dermatology to Fight Skin Cancer

The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) is excited to announce their partnership with the Dallas Cowboys in an effort to raise awareness of skin cancer. Through this partnership, the American Academy of Dermatology will host free SPOT me™ skin cancer screenings at the Dallas Cowboys home opener on Sunday, September 7 and at the ensuing Rally Day on Monday, September 8 at AT&T Stadium.

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Mount Sinai Health System Experts Share Tips on Preventing Harmful Sun Exposure While Watching Tennis

A day spent outdoors watching tennis without proper protection can cause sunburn to both your skin and eyes.

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5 Tips for Summer Sun Safety

Michael Marchetti, M.D., of the Emergency Department at Bayshore Community Hospital, and Kevin Roma, M.D. of Riverview Medical Center’s Emergency Department share their advice on safe fun in the sun.

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FDA-Approved Drug Restores Hair in Patients with Alopecia Areata

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have identified the immune cells responsible for destroying hair follicles in people with alopecia areata, a common autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, and have tested an FDA-approved drug that eliminated these immune cells and restored hair growth in a small number of patients. The results appear in today’s online issue of Nature Medicine.

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African-American Hair: Dermatologists’ Tips for Everyday Care, Processing and Styling

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Unique in appearance and structure, African-American hair is especially fragile and prone to injury and damage. More than half of African-American women will cite thinning hair or hair loss as their top hair concern. Fortunately, there are a lot of things African-Americans can do to help minimize damage and keep their hair beautiful.

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