March 2015 Newsletter for Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte

Dandruff: How to Treat

Yes, it’s possible to get rid of those embarrassing dry, itchy flakes. In this month’s video, you’ll learn tips that dermatologists give their patients. These tips include how often to shampoo and which shampoos to use.

Dandruff: How to treat (3:01)

What Dermatologists Tell their Patients

Scalp psoriasis can look a lot like dandruff. Many people who have scalp psoriasis see flaking. But there are differences between scalp psoriasis and dandruff, and each requires different treatment.

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Your Child’s Eczema Story Could Help Other Children

To help parents care for a child who has; the Academy will publish a multimedia guide. 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.

Office News

Dermatology in the News

Is Coffee the New Sunscreen?

According to findings from a recent study, coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. But before you swap your sunscreen for coffee, you should know one key fact. Wearing sunscreen, long sleeves, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat will protect you more than coffee ever will.
You’ll find more information about this study at:

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Camp Discovery: Application Due April 10

Summer can be tough for kids with a serious or long-lasting skin disease. Stares and unkind questions can lower self-esteem. Being the only kid who has to take certain precautions can leave a child feeling sad and lonely. Bullying and teasing can leave kids wanting to spend time alone rather than with others.
Camp Discovery helps to change that. At this summer camp, kids with a skin disease have the opportunity to do things they might otherwise not get to do. Swimming, boating, and other summer pastimes become possible under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses. Past campers have said they look forward to camp all year long.
There is no fee to attend camp. You can find out more about camp, view the 2015 camp dates, and download an application at:

Camp Discovery

Is Bird Poop Facial the Secret to Flawless Skin?

A dermatologist shares the facts about bird poop facials and 4 other trendy beauty treatments.
Fad beauty treatments: Is there science behind the hype?

Anti-aging treatment can fade old scars

This treatment can reduce problems caused by scarring, such as decreased range of motion, itch, and pain.
Popular anti-aging treatment emerges as effective treatment for difficult scars

Can you eat your way to healthier, younger-looking skin?

Researchers are finding that certain foods and supplements may lead to fewer wrinkles as well as reduce flares of acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Beauty from the inside out: Improving your diet or taking supplements may lead to younger-looking skin

Tonsillectomy May Be Beneficial For Certain Patients With Psoriasis.

Family Practice News (2/26, Worcester) reports that a “systematic review” suggests that “if all else fails in treating psoriasis, a tonsillectomy may do the trick – at least in patients whose psoriasis is associated with recurrent tonsillitis.” The researchers “concluded that tonsillectomy may be a potential treatment option in patients with recalcitrant psoriasis associated with episodes of tonsillitis, but noted that additional study with long-term follow-up is needed to examine both the extent and persistence of benefit of tonsillectomy in psoriasis patients.” The findings were presented at the South Beach Symposium.

As ACA Expands Coverage, Americans Struggle With “Complex” Plans, High Out-Of-Pocket Costs.

The New York Times (2/8, SR1, Rosenthal, Subscription Publication) reported that while the Affordable Care Act “has erased some of the more egregious practices of the American health insurance system,” it has also “ushered in an era of complex new health insurance products featuring legions of out-of-pocket coinsurance fees, high deductibles and narrow provider networks.” These complex policies, the piece says, may be undermining the law’s goal of providing affordable healthcare to all. Meanwhile, much of the debate over affordability has centered on premiums, rather than co-pays and deductibles. According to the article, the problem is compounding by the lack of basic information needed to shop effectively for health plans.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Times-Picayune (2/8, Williams) reports that “skyrocketing health care costs are burdening middle-class employees, The Shreveport Times reports.” Employer health plans are increasingly requiring workers to pay more out of pocket, prompting employees to skip appointments and ration pills. Insurance taxes “imposed by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that have been passed along to consumers are partially to blame,” but experts say the extra costs “are simply the continuation of a years-long trend, which people feel more acutely because wages have been stagnant in recent years.”

Opinion: Health Plans May Limit Access To Precision Medicines.

In an opinion piece for The Hill (2/9, Worthy) “Congress Blog,” Stacey Worthy, policy director at the Alliance for the Adoption of Innovations in Medicine, wrote that while the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative gives “Americans with devastating diseases” a lot to celebrate, many patients “may not benefit from these new treatments if their health plans limit access to precision medicines.” Additionally, some plans have a “fail first” or “step therapy” policy that requires patients to take the least expensive drug in a class first, even if physicians know the lower-cost medications won’t work. As the precision medicine initiative gets underway, Worthy calls for greater focus on “the insurance roadblocks that are designed to limit patient access to the novel therapies physicians prescribe.”

Dermatologist Concerned A Cancer-Detecting App Could Give Someone A False Sense Of Security.

On its website, NBC News (2/26, Weisbaum) reports, “The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled lawsuits with two companies that marketed melanoma detection apps – Mole Detective ($4.99) and MelApp ($1.99).” The “companies are now prohibited from making health claims about these apps or any future ones – unless those claims are supported by ‘reliable scientific evidence’ in the form of human clinical testing.” According to NBC News, “Dr. Darrell Rigel, a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, worries that a cancer-detecting app – one that hasn’t undergone rigorous scientific testing, like the tools in a doctor’s office – could give someone a false sense of security.” He said, “You could have a mole that should be seen by a dermatologist, biopsied and treated, but the app tells you things are OK – when they’re not – so you don’t do it.”

FTC Announces Actions Against Makers Of Apps Claiming To Detect Melanoma Symptoms.

The Washington Post (2/23, Tsukayama) “The Switch” blog reports that yesterday, “the Federal Trade Commission…announced two enforcement actions against the makers of two smartphone apps – ‘Mole Detective’ and ‘MelApp’ – that claim to be able to detect the symptoms of melanoma simply by snapping a picture of a mole with a smartphone.” The “marketers for both apps have agreed to settlements with the agency that prevent them from claiming that the apps can accurately detect or diagnose symptoms of melanoma.” Also covering the story are the Chicago Tribune (2/24), The Hill (2/24, Trujillo), and the Chicago Sun-Times (2/24, Janssen).



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