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Thin Melanomas – Age Matters!

Published on August 11, 2017
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A new study suggests that in young patients with thin melanomas (0.5 -1mm depth) there may be an approximately 5% risk of lymph nodes being involved. As such, even though present guidelines do not recommend it, in young patients with

Mohs wins out again

Published on August 10, 2017
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Recent published study confirms Mohs micrographic surgery as the patients treatment of choice even for superficial skin cancers. Patients in the study preferred Mohs surgery not only because it gave a better long term cure rate but it was seen

Wear UV Protective Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyelids from Skin Cancer

Published on July 25, 2017

We already know that UV protective sunglasses are important to lessen the long term risk of cataracts. Now a recent study shows that most of us do not apply sunscreen to our eyelids, leaving them susceptible to UV damage. Wearing

Yet Another Good Reason to Quite Smoking!

Published on July 18, 2017
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A team from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute studied nearly 19 thousand people and found that current smokers were significantly more likely to develop a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin than non-smokers. “We don’t yet understand how smoking

Melanoma linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Published on July 14, 2017
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Patients with Parkinson’s disease are about four times more likely to develop melanoma, and conversely, patients with melanoma have a four-fold higher risk of developing Parkinson’s, according to a study published in the July issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“More is NOT always Better!”

Published on June 21, 2017
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A recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine had shown that there may be no added benefit and real potential risks from complete lymph node dissection in patients with melanoma. Complete lymph node removal was no better than

Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study.

Published on June 19, 2017
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The diverse immunomodulatory effects of vitamin D are increasingly being recognized. However, the ability of oral vitamin D to modulate acute inflammation in vivo has not been established in humans. In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled interventional trial, twenty healthy adults were

Meta-Analysis of the Association Between Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors (PDE5Is) and Risk of Melanoma

Published on May 31, 2017
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Source: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/jnci/djx086 The US Food and Drug Administration recently announced the need to evaluate the association between PDE5is and melanoma. We performed a meta-analysis on the association between PDE5i and melanoma using random effects models and examined whether it met

Brow Lift Santa Monica

Published on May 24, 2017
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The forehead is often the first place many men and women start to notice those first signs of aging. Lines, wrinkles and creases may appear due to loss of volume, loss of elasticity, and gravity that can cause us to

Yet Another Reason to Watch Your Weight

Published on May 23, 2017
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In this study, Fang et al explored the relationship between melanoma outcomes, obesity, and chronic inflammation. Obesity has been associated with development of cancers including melanoma. Adipose tissue produces signaling molecules, such as leptin, which are thought to play a

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