A medication used to treat tyrosinemia has been shown to increase melanin production in some people with oculocutaneous albinism type 1B. By increasing melanin production, the medication, nitisinone, could help protect people with albinism against UV rays and help improve their vision, which can also be affected by the condition.
Skin cancer patients with a history of smoking have a significantly lower survival rate than skin cancer patients who do not smoke. Smoking cigarettes decreases survival rate in melanoma patients by 40 per cent according to a new study published by the medical journal Cancer Research (Feb. 17, 2019).
When emollients found in certain lotions, creams, and ointments are absorbed into fabrics they can pose a fire risk. Both paraffin and paraffin-free emollients, commonly found in products used to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis have been shown to increase flammability in fabrics when allowed to absorb and dry.
Virtual reality could help reduce pain for patients undergoing minor medical procedures such as wart removal or wound cleaning.
Analysis of proteins in blister fluid taken from pediatric burn patients can help physicians more accurately classify burn severity. This could result in quicker diagnosis of burn severity, which with appropriate treatment, could help decrease skin surface scarring.
Patients in the United States who live in a state with a higher incidence of melanoma are more likely to survive the disease. Conversely, Americans who live in a state with a lower incidence of melanoma are less likely to survive the disease. Researchers believe that this seeming contradiction might be a result of better detection in more well-funded regions leading to better outcomes.
With more than 7 million prescriptions per year, dermatologists prescribe more oral antibiotics per clinician than any other specialty. Over time, the use of antibiotics to treat inflammatory skin conditions is decreasing, though the prescription of antibiotics related to dermatological surgical procedures has increased.