Melanoma rates dramatically increasing in children and young adults

Melanoma rates dramatically increasing in children and young adults

By Kofi Dwinfour

The incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has increased by more than 250% among children, adolescents and young adults since 1973, according to new research.


Internet acne education with automated counselling tested in clinical trial

By Kofi Dwinfour

An Internet-based acne education program that included automated counselling was not better than a standard educational website in improving acne severity and quality of life in adolescents, according to an article published by JAMA Dermatology.

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Setback for psoriasis sufferers as drugmaker Amgen pulls out of Brodalumab project with AstraZeneca

By Kofi Dwinfour

In June 2014, AstraZeneca (one of the UK’s biggest pharmaceutical companies) and Amgen, a U. S. based biotech, announced results of the Phase II clinical trials of Brodalumab, a new drug treatment for psoriatic arthritis.

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What’s Key for Acne Sufferers to Avoid Shaving Cuts and Red Bumps

by Armen Hareyan, EmaxHealth

Originally published here

While treatment is in process, shaving is an issue for people with Acne. Yet, it's the shaving cream, not razors that are key to avoiding nicks, cuts, red bumps and razor burn. Here are five shaving tips for acne sufferers and sensitive shavers. Michelle Tomao reports.


Vitamin D May Help Improve Eczema in Children

By Denise Reynolds RD, EmaxHealth

Originally published here

Atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema, affects almost 18 million Americans according to statistics from the National Eczema Association. For many, the condition worsens in the winter when heated homes and low humidity dry the skin.


Spotlight On… Vasculitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels. The result of inflammation is due to the immune system’s reaction to infection or damage. The blood vessels leak plasma (a blood constituent) causing the surrounding cells to swell up isolating any potential micro-organism. Vasculitis is an auto-immune disease meaning that the body’s immune system will attack the blood vessels by mistake. There are factors, however, that will trigger this response: it could be medicinal, an infection of pre-existing medical conditional. More than half of cases are idiopathic (unknown cause).

Spotlight On… Scleroderma

by Deen Kurrimbux

Scleroderma is a skin disease that results in hard, thickening of the outer dermal layer. It is an uncommon autoimmune disease with no known cure that affects the lower layers and the surrounding organs and blood vessels. The areas appear either as thick oval patches anywhere on the body or as lines on the face, scalp, arms and legs.

Spotlight On… Hyperhidrosis

by Deen Kurrimbux

A common condition whereby an individual perspires excessively. This can either be the entire body or in areas. While not a serious threat to the individual’s health it is seen as a socially unacceptable trait which can be embarrassing and in some cases lead to depression. While there is no clear-cut definition of excessive sweating, normal daily activities that cause the individual to sweat more than usual may indicate that the individual may be suffering from hyperhidrosis.

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Spotlight On… Chronic actinic dermatitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

A rare chronic skin condition that affects mainly males over the age of 50 although it may occur in younger individuals with atopic dermatitis. Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) is a severe form of eczema in which either natural sunlight or artificial light (UV) is the main causal factor, thus individuals with CAD are very sensitive to light. In extreme cases exposure to light in as little as 30 seconds will cause a reaction. The stronger the light, the stronger the reaction.

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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