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Treating Poison Ivy: Ease the Itch with Tips From Dermatologists

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As summer approaches and the landscape turns greener, so too are the leaves from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. When the oil from these plants touches the skin, most people (about 85 percent) develop an itchy, blistering rash. Although the rash itself is not contagious, the oil can spread to other areas of the body and from person to person if not quickly washed off after touching the plants. Fortunately, there are simple steps people can take to safely treat the rash at home.

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Increased Awareness About Skin Cancer Needed For Minorities

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More awareness about skin cancer is needed for minorities because they believe they are at low risk of developing it, says Henry Ford Hospital dermatologist Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D.

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Acne Can Put a Damper on Hopes of Glowing Skin During Pregnancy

While many pregnant women experience a beautiful healthy glow and skin that has never looked better, a number of pregnant women are bothered by pesky acne flares caused by an increase in androgen hormones. The good news is that acne that occurs during pregnancy can be safely treated with a number of effective acne treatments – from over-the-counter products to topical or oral medications depending on acne severity.

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Dermatologist Evaluates Latest Isotretinoin Developments for Treatment of Severe Acne

New research disputes the link between isotretinoin use and inflammatory bowel disease and provides evidence that suggests other medical conditions may be to blame for the drug’s association with psychiatric conditions. In addition, high dose isotretinoin therapy and a new formulation could help some patients achieve even better results.

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New Therapies Giving Hope for Patients with Advanced Melanoma

Within the last three years, significant progress has been made in treating advanced melanoma. Now, new immunotherapeutics and molecularly targeted therapies are offering a glimmer of hope in stopping the progression of advanced melanoma and prolonging life for patients fighting this deadly disease.

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Getting Past the Hype: Dermatologist Untangles Common Hair Care Misconceptions

From products promising to help thinning hair to those that offer temporary changes to the texture of one’s hair, consumers can potentially spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on products without knowing if their claims are scientifically based or if they pose potentially damaging long-term effects. Fortunately, dermatologists – experts in hair health and treating conditions of the hair – can help consumers navigate the road to better hair.

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Dermatologist Shines Light on Natural Ingredients Used in New Topical Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

Although it is one of the most common skin conditions, hyperpigmentation can be difficult to treat and often leads to a negative impact on a person’s psychological well being. New topical ingredients – including some that are plant-based – are offering more treatment alternatives showing promise for this tricky skin condition.

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New and Improved Laser and Light Treatments Take Aim at Cellulite, Fat, Tattoos, Wrinkles and Sagging Skin

As more people look for ways to turn back the clock or improve their appearance, dermatologists are pioneering many of the newest aesthetic laser technologies – from tattoo removal to erasing fine lines and wrinkles to reducing fat or cellulite. Before considering any cosmetic procedure, dermatologists recommend that consumers do their homework to better understand the best technologies available for their specific needs.

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Military Dermatologists Making Strides in Applying Treatments for Wounded Warriors to Injured Civilians

To aid in the function and appearance of battlefield scars, military dermatologists began experimenting with ablative fractional laser surgery – known to improve the appearance of acne scars. Results over the last seven years have been impressive, and dermatologists now are treating civilians injured from car accidents, fires and job and household accidents with this laser therapy to enhance scar and wound healing.

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Investigators from Montefiore and Einstein to Present Data at American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting

Researchers from Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will present findings from studies at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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