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New Technology Directly Reprograms Skin Fibroblasts For a New Role

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Researchers have discovered a way to repurpose fibroblasts into functional melanocytes, the body's pigment-producing cells. The technique has immediate and important implications for developing new cell-based treatments for skin diseases such as vitiligo, as well as new screening strategies for melanoma.

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Prevent and Treat Diaper Rash with Tips From Dermatologists

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Everyone wants a happy, healthy baby, however, babies often experience discomfort from diaper rash. Help your baby by following dermatologists’ tips to prevent and treat diaper rash at home.

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Rose Bengal and Co-Inhibitory Blockade Improve Anti-Tumor Immunity, Melanoma Regression

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Clinical trials have shown that a preparation of rose bengal called PV-10 has induced regression of both injected lesions and uninjected bystander lesions in patients with melanoma, and tumor ablation with PV-10 has been shown to increase certain T-cell populations in patients' peripheral blood.

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9 Tips to Keep Your Nails Healthy This Holiday Season

The stress of the holidays, poor nutrition and the cold weather can take its toll on nail health, according to Loyola University Health System dermatologist Rebecca Tung, MD.

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Next-Gen Melanoma Drug, TAK-733, Excels in Lab Tests

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published online this week in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics reports anti-cancer activity in 10 out of 11 patient tumor samples grown in mice and treated with the experimental drug TAK-733, a small molecule inhibitor of MEK1/2.

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Study Identifying Cell of Origin for Large, Disfiguring Nerve Tumors Lays Groundwork for Development of New Therapies

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UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have determined the specific type of cell that gives rise to large, disfiguring tumors called plexiform neurofibromas, a finding that could lead to new therapies for preventing growth of these tumors.

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Dermatologists Share Skin Care Tips for Your 40s and 50s

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Studies have demonstrated that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and indoor tanning damages the DNA in our skin cells. This not only increases a person’s risk for skin cancer, it can also lead to premature skin aging in the form of wrinkles and sun spots. November is National Healthy Skin Month – the perfect time to learn how to maintain healthy skin care habits.

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Triplet Threat from the Sun

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The most obvious effects of too much sun exposure are cosmetic, like wrinkled and rough skin. Some damage, however, goes deeper—ultraviolet light can damage DNA and cause proteins in the body to break down into smaller, sometimes harmful pieces that may also damage DNA, increasing the risk of skin cancer and cataracts. Understanding the specific pathways by which this degradation occurs is an important step in developing protective mechanisms against it.

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Ebola Highlights Disparity of Disease Burden in Developed vs. Developing Countries

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Study highlights need to monitor disease in developing countries even when burden of diseases is low.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Zero in on Psoriasis-Hypertension Link

Patients with more severe psoriasis are also more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension, according to new research by a team at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Through a cross-sectional study using information collected from a medical records database, the results provide further evidence of a strong link between psoriasis and hypertension. Full results are now available in JAMA Dermatology.

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