More News you can use – February 2015

New app could diagnose skin cancer

4 February 2015

By Laura Onita


The Lubax app has been developed by a small team of medical and software experts [Credit: Lubax]

A new app that could detect skin cancer in patients is currently being tested, a team of medical and software experts announced.

The app, called Lūbax, uses image-recognition software to identify an array of skin lesions that could be an indicator of skin cancer.

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Eczema woes not just skin deep

Date: January 15, 2015


Northwestern University

Eczema wreaks havoc on its sufferers' lives with health problems that are more than skin deep. Adults who have eczema -- a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood -- have higher rates of smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and obesity and are less likely to exercise than adults who don't have the disease, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study.

"This disease takes a huge emotional toll on its sufferers, like chronic pain," said lead study author Dr. Jonathan Silverberg. "Because eczema often starts in early childhood, people are affected all through their developmental years and adolescence. It hurts their self-esteem and identity. That's part of why we see all these negative behaviors."

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Vitiligo treatment holds promise for restoring skin pigmentation

Effects of the combination treatment on skin repigmentation, from top to bottom, at baseline, at 66 days and at 140 days of the study.Vitiligo

Credit: Image courtesy of Henry Ford Health System

A treatment regimen is safe and effective for restoring skin pigmentation in vitiligo patients, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

"Our findings offer patients with vitiligo worldwide a renewed hope for a bright future in the treatment of this disfiguring disease," says Henry Lim, M.D., chair of Dermatology at Henry Ford and the study's lead author. "Patients with lesions on their face and arms could have a more rapid response to the combination treatment."

Henry Ford dermatologists described the repigmentation results as "superior," and said the treatment combination holds promise as a future therapy for the more than 50 million people worldwide living with vitiligo. It affects about one in every 100 people in the United States.

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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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