The American Academy of Dermatology - 65th Annual Meeting was held in Washington D.C, February 2-6, 2007. The following is a briefing of some of the articles presented at the conference.
Women Twice as Likely as Men to Seek Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Whether it’s sweaty palms causing embarrassment when shaking hands on a job interview or unsightly underarm stains, the excessive sweating disorder known as hyperhidrosis can impact all facets of a person’s personal and professional life. Although the prevalence is the same for men and women, a new study finds that women sought treatment much more frequently than men.
Approach for Treating Aging Skin Combines Minimally Invasive Procedures
When people think of facelifts, images of aging Hollywood stars with their faces pulled as tight as their red carpet gowns might come to mind. Now, a growing trend among dermatologists is to combine minimally invasive procedures to tone, tighten and plump aging skin, creating a more natural, younger look with less risk and recovery time than a traditional surgical facelift.
Patients at High Risk for Melanoma Benefit When Partner Is Involved In Skin Self-Exams
While dermatologists have long stressed the importance of conducting regular skin self-exams as an important detection tool in the fight against skin cancer, a new study finds that people who are assisted by a partner in performing skin self-exams are more likely to follow a regular detection routine than those who rely solely on themselves for motivation.
Innovative Therapies Show Promise Using Light, Heat to Shrink Oil Glands
Recently, technological advances in laser, light-based and heat therapies have influenced the way some dermatologists treat acne – shifting from exclusively oral and topical therapies to new procedural treatments that studies suggest may offer a better long-term solution for acne patients.
Women Nearly Three Times More Likely to Die of Genital Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer than Men
Human papillomavirus (HPV), a group of viruses commonly linked to the sexually transmitted disease known as genital HPV infection, has long been associated with the development of certain types of cancers – specifically cervical cancer. However, in some cases, HPV can lead to a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma.
Dermatologists Offer Top Tips for Treating Little Bottoms
While to the untrained eye diaper rash might not seem like something to cry about, those in the know (aka parents) would likely offer a different opinion. That’s because the red, sore skin that results from diaper rash can be frustrating to treat and cause considerable discomfort for infants. Fortunately, dermatologists – physicians who specialize in all aspects of skin care – can help parents treat this common skin problem.
Survey Indicates People with Chronic Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis May be Under-Treated
The National Psoriasis Foundation and Amgen released data which show that nearly 40 percent of patients with chronic moderate to severe psoriasis are not currently receiving any treatment. Further, more than half of moderate to severe patients on treatment are not being treated in accordance with AAD guidelines, which state that patients diagnosed with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy, including biologic agents.
Genie in the Bottle: Making Sense of Cosmeceuticals
Cosmeceuticals seem to be the fabled genie in the bottle – able to grant almost any wish that you may have for your skin, whether you want it to be smoother, more radiant or younger-looking. In a market that gives consumers more and more choices, how can you decide whether the ingredients in that bottle are right for you?
Time Spent Driving an Automobile May Increase Skin Cancer Risk
Drivers who spend a significant amount of time in their cars might find themselves in the fast lane for developing future skin cancers, according to new research examining the incidence of left-sided skin cancers in patients and driving trends of adults seen at a Midwestern university dermatology clinic.