September 2014 Newsletter for Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte (DSC)
Caring for African-American Hair
Millions of people experience hair loss, and most suffer in silence. Many do not know where to turn for help. Others mistakenly believe there is nothing they can do. To dispel these common misconceptions, the Academy sheds light on hair-loss topics every August.
This August, we’re shifting the spotlight from treating hair loss to preventing it. In this month’s video, you’ll find hair-care tips that can help keep African-American hair healthy and beautiful. Tips include how to add moisture and elasticity to the hair.
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Dermatology in the News
Hair-dye allergy can begin any time
“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette plays a forensic scientist who saves the day by uncovering the facts. Now she wants to save your day with this scientific fact. A few people develop a serious allergic reaction to their hair dye.
Perrette learned this fact firsthand. For more than 20 years, she has been dying her hair black. She never had a reaction. Then, about 6 months ago, she began getting a rash on her neck and scalp. It worsened every time she dyed her hair. A few weeks ago, she developed an allergic reaction so serious she went to the ER. From the ER, she began to raise awareness.
If you use hair color, Perrette wants you to know the warning signs of an allergic reaction. To help, a dermatologist gives you the lowdown on what to look for, including what not to dismiss, in The hair dye allergy you should know about.
African-American women can exercise and have a good hair day
During a recent study, African-American women confessed that their hairstyles prevent them from exercising. If they exercise, they have to restyle or re-straighten their hair. This costs them too much time and money, so they choose to skip the exercise.
This decision, however, can be quite costly to their health. Other options exist. You’ll find some options in Hairdo trumps exercise for many black women, study finds.
ALM “Disproportionately Afflicts” Dark-Skinned People.
The Washington Post (8/4, Cimons) reports on the fact that acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM) “disproportionately afflicts African Americans and other dark-skinned people.” The Post writes that these populations “often assume they are not at risk” which means “their cancers tend to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage” and therefore “patients often face a bleaker outcome.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the five-year survival rate for Melanoma among African Americans is 73%, compared with 91% for Caucasians.
Your child’s eczema story could help other children
To help parents care for a child who has eczema, the Academy will publish a multimedia guide later this year. We’re looking for inspiring tips from parents. Have you found a certain treatment that works for your child? Do you have a creative way to overcome an eczema trigger? Has teaming up with a dermatologist helped your child?
Your insight could mean relief for many children living with eczema. Please take a few minutes to Share your child’s eczema story.
Acne products: FDA issues Consumer Update
A very few people have developed a serious reaction to an acne-fighting product. To inform people of this rare but dangerous reaction, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Consumer Update.
If you are concerned you could have a reaction to an acne-fighting product, be sure to find out what dermatologists recommend by visiting Share your child’s eczema story.
Dermatologists share facts about trending topics
To make informed health decisions, you need facts. When it comes to health information, it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. To help you get the facts about popular topics, dermatologists shared their expertise during the Summer Academy Meeting held earlier this month in Chicago.
Viral Video Shows Skin Under UV Camera.
Fox News (8/15) reported on its website that a video titled “‘How the Sun Sees You’ that reveals hidden sun damage when people step in front of a special ultraviolet light camera has gone viral,” and has been viewed almost two million times. Fox News posted the video and described that “many of those who approach the camera appear to have healthy skin, and are shocked to see the amount of freckles, wrinkles and dark spots on their faces.”
TIME (8/17, Stephen) noted that “damage is caused by ultraviolet rays, which lie outside of our visual spectrum.”
Vox (8/15, McIntyre) reported that “the video’s subjects are invited to slather on sunscreen, which also shows up as black thanks to its UV-blocking properties.”
Good Neighbors May Be Good For Heart Health In Older Adults
In continuing coverage, NBC Nightly News (8/19, story 10, 0:30, Williams) reported, “A new study out from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health says good neighbors are actually good for your heart.” After examining factors impacting “health like crime, pollution, noise, even fast food restaurant density in” neighborhoods, researchers “found that getting along, feeling connected to your community is as common sense would indicate, good for overall health.”
TIME (8/19, Hellmann) reported that “participants who rate their communities the highest have an almost 70%” decreased risk for having a heart attack. The study, which “monitored the cardiovascular health of 5,276 participants who were over the age of 50 and had never had a heart attack,” is the first to reveal “the cardiovascular benefits of ‘neighborhood social cohesion.’”