December 2014 Newsletter for Dermatology Associates of Charlotte

Skin Care in Your 40’s and 50’s

Yes, it’s possible to keep your skin healthy and vibrant in your 40s and 50s. This month, we share dermatologists’ secrets, revealing how you can reduce common concerns like dry skin and adult acne. You’ll also learn how you can make your skin feel better.

Skin care in your 40s and 50s (2:27)

What Dermatologists Tell their Patients

An effective anti-aging skin care plan starts with healthy habits. These habits include protecting your skin from the sun, getting enough sleep, and not smoking.

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Office News

Our New Physician Assistant

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University. She completed her Physician Assistant studies at Anne Arundel Community College and her Master of Medical Science at Saint Francis University. She completed her clinical and surgical dermatology clerkship in Annapolis, MD.
Lauren specializes in child and adolescent skin needs.  She will focus on acne, warts, eczema, rashes and other pediatric skin disorders.  She is also available for same day acute work in appointments.Board Certification

  • NCCPA ( National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants)

Personal Background
Lauren is from Mooresville, NC. She lives in Charlotte with her husband.

Dermatology in the News

Tips Provided On Five Ways To Boost Skin Health

U-T San Diego (11/25) provided a list of five tips to increase skin health in addition to eating properly and staying hydrated. The tips include protecting skin from the sun, getting enough sleep, not smoking, limiting bath and shower time, and avoiding the use of harsh soaps. The National Institutes of Health, among others, has made these recommendations.


Psoriasis may increase risk of high blood pressure
Having severe psoriasis seems to increase one’s risk of having high blood pressure, according to a recent study. Researchers found that among people who had severe psoriasis (occurred on 10% or more of their skin), almost 60% had high blood pressure (reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher). While this may seem discouraging, there is good news.
If your blood pressure is high, making some lifestyle changes can reduce it. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, stopping smoking, and limiting alcohol can make a difference. For more information about this study, read: Psoriasis tied to raised risk of uncontrolled blood pressure.

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3 simple things that can lead to healthier skin
Let’s  focus is on simple and realistic things that everyone can do to have healthier skin. Even if you have just a few minutes to spare, you can reap some benefit from these tips:

  • Learn how to check your skin for signs of skin cancer. This self-exam could literally save your life. How to perform a self-exam
  • Put your best face forward by following this simple face-washing advice. Your face-washing habits really can affect your appearance. Face washing 101
  • If you have a lingering problem with your skin, hair, or nails, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Left untreated, many conditions can worsen.

Study: Generic Drug Prices Quickly Increasing Amid Decreased Competition

The CBS Evening News (11/12, story 3, 2:25, Pelley) reported that an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine has exposed “some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices.” As an example, the study evaluated doxycycline, an antibiotic, which “went from six cents a pill to $3.36 cents, an increase of more than 5,000 percent.” Additionally, the price for captopril, “used for hypertension, increased 2,800 percent.”

On its website, CBS News (11/13, LaPook) reports that the study “points to the impact of less competition in the generic drug industry” as a major driver behind the price increases. Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the authors of the study, says “everybody just assumes generic prices are low, but generic prices are low because there’s competition,” and “once that competition goes away, you no longer have low prices and you have very expensive generic drugs.”

HealthDay (11/13, Thompson) reports that in response to this increase, “both the US Senate and the US Department of Justice have undertaken investigations into generic drug pricing.” Despite this, “Kesselheim noted that the federal response to these increases in generic prices has been limited so far,” and he “believes that there is an opportunity for action by the FDA.” He says the agency “can alert the public and physicians and other companies to the fact this is going on, and it can accelerate approvals of competing products that may otherwise be in the back of their drug development queue.”


Rising Costs Of Generics Considered.

The Wall Street Journal (11/14, Silverman) “Pharmalot” blog considered the trend of rising prices among generic drugs. The blog pointed to more conspicuous FDA enforcement of violations at production plants within recent years as a major driver of the increased costs. The more pronounced enforcement has consequently contributed to supply disruptions as drugmakers aim to correct problems, and in the most serious cases, pharmaceutical makers have discontinued production due to low margins. Additionally, the backlog of generics applications at the FDA undermines the agency’s policy of expediting reviews to combat shortage and efforts to keep prices low.

Survey Indicates Public’s Perception Of What Dermatologists Actually Do Differs From Reality

The Dermatology Times (11/7, Gillette) reports that “responses to a recent survey indicate that the public’s perception of what dermatologists actually do falls significantly short of reality.” For instance, “the public believes dermatologists spend more time performing cosmetic procedures than they actually do.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures Appear To Be Nearly Risk-Free

HealthDay (11/6, Preidt) reports that according to a study published Nov. 5 in JAMA Dermatology, “minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are nearly risk-free.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion after examining “the results of more than 20,000 of these procedures – such as fillers, neurotoxins and the use of laser and energy devices – performed by 23 dermatologists at eight centers across the” US. Also covering the study are BBC News (11/6) and Skin & Allergy News (11/6, Nogrady).


Analysis: Adverse Events Occurred Rarely After Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures

MedPage Today (11/19, Bankhead) reports that “adverse events occurred rarely after cosmetic dermatology procedures, including laser, other forms of energy, and injection therapy, according to an analysis of a large prospective database.” The findings, published online in JAMA Dermatology, indicated that “overall, 48 adverse events occurred in association with more than 20,000 cosmetic procedures. In 36 procedures, one adverse event was documented within 3 weeks of treatment.” The researchers found that “no serious adverse events occurred, and adverse events associated with known risk factors were uncommon.”


Micro-needling: See a dermatologist before doing this at home
In skilled hands, a micro-needling device can deliver impressive results. You can see greatly diminished acne scars and less-noticeable wrinkles.
People who buy an at-home micro-needling device often do not see the same results. Some people develop an infection or rash. Scarring is possible.
To prevent these problems, dermatologists recommend consulting a dermatologist first. A dermatologist can let you know if this procedure is right for you. A dermatologist can also give you plenty of helpful tips, such as the ones found in Can micro-needling improve the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars?

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Physician Says Tanning Beds Linked To Melanoma

USA Today (11/6) “Voices from Campus” carries an article discussing a recent study on tanning bed accessibility on college campuses. Dr. Bruce Brod, an advisor for the American Academy of Dermatology State Policy Committee, is quoted as saying, “The use of tanning beds, even to a small degree, though the risk increases with use, is linked to melanoma which has the potential to be fatal.” Dr. Brod also said, “People are going in beds during their teens years, keep up with it during their college years, then show up in my office with melanoma 5-10 years down the road.” The article adds, “Dr. Darrell Rigel, a…previous president of the AAD, agrees, saying that 20 years ago it was very unusual to have melanoma under the age of 40.”

 

 

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