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Scientists identify genetic cause of 'spongy' skin condition
Scientists have identified the genetic cause of a rare skin condition that causes the hands and feet to turn white and spongy when exposed to water.
Jul 3, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM
Capability of curry component to treat disease merits US patent
A U.S patent issued today to the University of Rochester and two other entities for the use of compounds related to a popular spice in the fight against cancer, acne, baldness, and other medical conditions.
Jun 12, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM
Treatment with anti-TNFs can increase the risk of shingles by up to 75 percent
Berlin, Germany, June 7 2012: Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) treated with anti-tumour necrosis factor medications (anti-TNFs) have a 75% greater risk of developing herpes zoster, or shingles, than patients treated with traditional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), according to a meta-analysis presented today at EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism.
Jun 7, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM
Psoriasis is associated with impaired HDL function, Penn study finds
Orlando - Collaborative research from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that psoriasis patients have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death, especially if the psoriasis is moderate to severe. Now, Penn researchers have discovered the potential underlying mechanism by which the inflammatory skin disease impacts cardiovascular health. In two new studies presented at the 2011 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Penn researchers show that the systemic inflammatory impact of psoriasis may alter both the makeup of cholesterol particles and numbers, as well as impair the function of high density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol.
Nov 16, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM
New approaches to skin cancer prevention
The annual Euromelanoma Day campaign is designed to prevent skin cancer among the general public. While there has been considerable interest, it has proved difficult to reach out to some of the at-risk groups. As such, new ways of encouraging these people to go to a dermatologist are being introduced, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg presented at the dermatologist conference in Sweden.
Oct 22, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM
What the doctor prescribes: Customized medical-image databases
Digital archives of biomedical images could someday put critical information at doctors' fingertips within seconds, illustrating how computers can improve the way medicine is practiced. The current reality, however, isn't quite up to speed, with databases virtually overwhelmed by the explosion of medical imaging.
Aug 2, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM
NIH awards National Jewish Health $31 million to lead study of infections associated with eczema
The National Institute of Allergy and Infections Disease has awarded a five-year $31 million contract to National Jewish Health, which is leading a consortium of academic medical centers seeking to better understand skin infections associated with atopic dermatitis. The researchers will focus on antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and widespread viral infections of the skin, both of which are more prevalent among atopic dermatitis patients.
Jul 22, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM
More than skin deep, tanning product of sun's rays
People who remain pale and never tan can blame their distant ancestors for choosing to live in the northern reaches of the globe and those who easily achieve a deep tan can thank their ancestors for living in the subtropical latitudes, according to Penn State anthropologists.
Jun 21, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM
Drug could provide first treatment for scleroderma
Investigators have identified a drug that is currently approved to treat certain types of cancer, Gleevec, that could provide the first treatment for scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease for which a treatment has remained elusive. The news will be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology on October 18 in Philadelphia.
Oct 17, 2009 - 4:00:00 AM
Alzheimer's, asthma, cancer, malaria and TB focus of new Singapore grants
Over 50 research grants totaling $24 million in U.S. dollars have been awarded to Singapore universities, research institutes and hospitals to fund studies related to asthma and other immune system disorders, infectious diseases, aging and cancer.
Apr 28, 2009 - 4:00:00 AM
Dr. Huda Zoghbi to receive 2009 Vilcek Prize in biomedical research
Internationally renowned scientist Dr. Huda Zoghbi, a pioneer in the study of Rett Syndrome and related autism spectrum disorders, will receive the 2009 Vilcek Prize in biomedical science. We have been awarding these prizes annually since 2006, said Dr. Jan Vilcek, President and Cofounder of the Vilcek Foundation, and this year I'm proud to announce the expansion of our awards program with the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, to recognize the successes of foreign-born individuals in the early stages of their careers in the arts and biomedical sciences. Biologist Dr. Howard Chang has been named the first Creative Promise Prize recipient in biomedical science.
Feb 9, 2009 - 5:00:00 AM
UT Medical School receives $6 million NIH grant to study scleroderma
Within five years, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston expect to have identified the genetic clues to scleroderma, a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease.
Sep 10, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM
Study shows quantum dots can penetrate skin through minor abrasions
Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that quantum dot nanoparticles can penetrate the skin if there is an abrasion, providing insight into potential workplace concerns for healthcare workers or individuals involved in the manufacturing of quantum dots or doing research on potential biomedical applications of the tiny nanoparticles.
Jul 2, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM
U of M sets course for cure of fatal childhood skin disease
Physicians at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview have set the path to a cure for a young boy's fatal genetic skin disease, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), by using a cord blood and bone marrow transplant. Nate Liao, a 25-month-old from Clarksburg, N.J., underwent the experimental therapy in October 2007.
Jun 3, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM
U of Minnesota researcher discovers the starting point of sun-induced skin cancer
According to a new study from the University of Minnesota, the earliest event in the development of sun-induced skin cancer may have been identified. The researchers found that the point of entry for skin cancer in response to sun exposure is in receptor molecules, molecular hooks on the outer surface of cells that also pull cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana out of the bloodstream. The research appears in the May 15 issue of Cancer Research.
May 15, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM
Researchers uncover new genetic links to psoriasis
In the first comprehensive study of the genetic basis of psoriasis, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered seven new sites of common DNA variation that increase the risk of the troublesome skin condition. They also found that variations in one genetic region link psoriasis and a related joint disorder, psoriatic arthritis, to four autoimmune diseases: type 1 diabetes, Grave's disease, celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Apr 3, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM
Short RNA strand helps exposed skin cells protect body from bacteria, dehydration and even cancer
Every minute, 30,000 of our outermost skin cells die so that we can live. When they do, new cells migrate from the inner layer of the skin to the surface of it, where they form a tough protective barrier. In a series of elegant experiments in mice, researchers at Rockefeller University have now discovered a tiny RNA molecule that helps create this barrier. The results not only yield new insight into how skin first evolved, but also suggest how healthy cells can turn cancerous.
Mar 2, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM
Natural secretion marks difference between mole and melanoma
A protein naturally produced and secreted by the body can make the difference between your average mole and melanoma, which killed more than 8,000 people in the United States last year, reveals a new study in the February 8 issue of the journal Cell, a publication of Cell Press.
Feb 8, 2008 - 3:30:00 AM
Protein that controls hair growth also keeps stem cells slumbering
Like fine china and crystal, which tend to be used sparingly, stem cells divide infrequently. It was thought they did so to protect themselves from unnecessary wear and tear. But now new research from Rockefeller University has unveiled the protein that puts the brakes on stem cell division and shows that stem cells may not need such guarded protection to maintain their potency.
Jan 24, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM
More sun exposure may be good for some people
UPTON, NY - A new study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and colleagues in Norway suggests that the benefits of moderately increased exposure to sunlight - namely the production of vitamin D, which protects against the lethal effects of many forms of cancer and other diseases - may outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer in populations deficient in vitamin D. The study will be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of January 7, 2008.
Jan 7, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM
Stanford researchers produce short-term reversal of skin aging in mice
STANFORD, Calif. - Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have reversed the effects of aging on the skin of mice, at least for a short period, by blocking the action of a single critical protein.
Nov 29, 2007 - 5:00:00 AM
Medical College of Wisconsin receives FDA grant
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee a three-year, $1 million Orphan Products Development grant to study infantile hemangiomas � a vascular tumor of the skin or internal organs.
Oct 25, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
New type of drug shows promise in attacking melanoma in an innovative way
Barcelona, Spain: An experimental drug that attacks cancer in an entirely new way has shown promise in treating advanced melanoma, delaying progression of the disease and prolonging the lives of patients.
Sep 26, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
New study suggests cause of debilitating skin condition
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. � New findings from researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues suggest why some people with kidney failure can develop a rare tightening and swelling of the skin and other organs, including the lungs and heart.
Sep 24, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
New topical therapy safely treats nail fungus without systemic side effects
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- A new topical lotion that penetrates the skin deeply enough to target and eliminate serious skin infections, but without being systemically absorbed, has shown a high degree of safety and tolerability in patients with onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, a new study has shown.
Sep 21, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Skin cooling associated with increased risk of discoloration after laser treatment
A cooling technique intended to protect the skin may actually increase the risk of discoloration in dark-skinned patients undergoing laser treatments for mole-like skin lesions, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Sep 17, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
M.D. Anderson-led team reports possible key to autoimmune disease
HOUSTON � A human peptide that acts as a natural antibiotic against invading microbes can also bind to the body�s own DNA and trigger an immune response in the absence of an infection, a research team led by scientists at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center reports in an early online publication in Nature.
Sep 16, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Dermatologists identify North Texas leishmaniasis outbreak
DALLAS � Sept. 14, 2007 � A team of dermatologists and dermatopathologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center has identified nine North Texas cases of an infectious skin disease common in South America, Mexico and in the Middle East, where it is sometimes referred to as a �Baghdad boil.�
Sep 14, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Skin as a living coloring book
The pigment melanin, which is responsible for skin and hair color in mammals, is produced in specialized cells called melanocytes and then distributed to other cells. But not every cell in the complex layers of skin becomes pigmented. The question of how melanin is delivered to appropriate locations may have been answered by a study from researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cutaneous Biology Research Center (CBRC).
Sep 6, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Bench-to-bedside look at MSC research at Case Western Reserve conference in Cleveland
CLEVELAND�Researchers from 22 countries will come to Cleveland for a bench to bedside examination of the developing mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) from regenerative medicine and stem cell research to therapeutics in patient care. The National Center for Regenerative Medicine for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) and founding partner Case Western Reserve University have organized the 2007 Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine Conference, August 27-29, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland, to highlight advances in MSC research. The conference is the first organized by the two groups on MSCs.
Aug 24, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Research suggests new options in treating skin pigment problems
Melanocytes are not the only cells responsible for differences in skin coloration. New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) has shown that some of the most basic cells on the skin�s surface influence pigment production and help regulate skin coloration.
Aug 22, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Natural chemical found in broccoli helps combat skin blistering disease
Johns Hopkins scientists have found yet another reason why you should listen to your mother when she tells you to eat your vegetables. Sulforaphane, a chemical present at high levels in a precursor form in broccoli and related veggies (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.), helps prevent the severe blistering and skin breakage brought on by the rare and potentially fatal genetic disease epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS).
Aug 20, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Increased distance to physician associated with thicker skin cancer at diagnosis
The farther patients travel to reach the physician who diagnoses their melanoma, the more likely they are to have thicker skin cancer at diagnosis, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Aug 20, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Role seen for cannabis in helping to alleviate allergic skin disease
Administering a substance found in the cannabis plant can help the body's natural protective system alleviate an allergic skin disease (allergic contact dermatitis), an international group of researchers from Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the U.S. has found.
Aug 16, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Computer graphics spills from milk to medicine
A new UC San Diego computer graphics model capable of generating realistic milk images based on the fat and protein content will likely push the field of computer graphics into the realms of diagnostic medicine, food safety and atmospheric science, according to a new study.
Aug 6, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Green tea holds promise as new treatment for inflammatory skin diseases
Green tea could hold promise as a new treatment for skin disorders such as psoriasis and dandruff, Medical College of Georgia researchers say.
Aug 6, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
UCSD researchers discover cause of rosacea
Doctors can describe the symptoms of rosacea, a common inflammatory skin disease that causes facial redness and affects nearly 14 million Americans. They can tell patients what triggers can worsen their condition: spicy foods, heat, alcohol, even embarrassment. But until now, they could not explain what caused rosacea.
Aug 5, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Screening for fragile skin
White Dorper breeders and owners are hoping to eradicate a genetic disorder causing a lethal fragile skin condition among some of their drought-hardy flocks.
Jul 31, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Scleroderma outlook improves as survival increases
Washington, D.C. -- Individuals with scleroderma are living significantly longer today, compared with 30 years ago, and the physicians who treat this rare disease of connective tissue hope the newer drugs now on the market may extend lives even further.
Jul 12, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Skin rash actually signifies better outcomes for pancreatic and lung cancer patients
The appearance of a rash in cancer patients treated with erlotinib (Tarceva) is strongly associated with longer survival, according to researchers from the drugs developer, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This is not the first time that rash has been associated with a survival advantage with EGFR inhibitors a class of drugs which includes erlotinib, cetuximab, panitumumab and others designed to block overproduction of the epidermal growth factor receptor but it is the most detailed analysis to date.
Jul 3, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Natural signal holds promise for psoriasis, age-related skin damage
The body may hold a secret to normalizing skin cell growth that is over zealous in psoriasis and non-melanoma skin cancers and too slow in aging and sun-damaged skin, researchers say.
Jun 28, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Long-term etanercept treatment reduces psoriasis severity without increased adverse events
Extended exposure to the psoriasis medication etanercept does not appear to cause more infections or adverse events than placebo, and improvements in several measures of disease severity were observed for up to 96 weeks of therapy, according to a study in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Jun 18, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Rising skin cancer rates are more likely to affect wealthy people, says 12-year review
Skin cancer levels have shown a significant increase in Northern Ireland since the early 1990s and are more likely to affect men, older people and those living in more affluent areas, according to a study just published in the June issue of British Journal of Dermatology.
Jun 11, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Topical retinol helps reduce wrinkles associated with natural skin aging
Applying vitamin A to the skin appears to improve the wrinkles associated with natural aging and may help to promote the production of skin-building compounds, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
May 21, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
First Demonstration of New Hair Follicle Generation
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that hair follicles in adult mice regenerate by re-awakening genes once active only in developing embryos. These findings provide unequivocal evidence for the first time that, like other animals such as newts and salamanders, mammals have the power to regenerate.
May 17, 2007 - 8:25:51 AM
New survey ranks the nation's most and least sun-smart cities
SCHAUMBURG, ILL. (May 7, 2007) -- Most Americans are familiar with the popular city rankings of the fattest cities, the fittest cities, the most livable cities and the most expensive cities. Now, in the first-of-its-kind survey, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has identified the cities that take sun protection seriously and those that fail to make the grade despite repeated health warnings.
May 7, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Detection of melanoma by dermatologists linked with earlier tumor stage, higher survival rates
Individuals whose melanoma is diagnosed by a dermatologist may be more likely to have early-stage cancer and to survive five years than those with melanoma diagnosed by a non-dermatologist, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Apr 16, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Clinical studies evaluate potential treatments for mouth ulcers
The drug pentoxifylline appears to have limited benefit in the first-line treatment of mouth ulcers due to recurrent apthous stomatitis, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, a second report in the same issue finds that a cream commonly used to treat eczema may be effective in patients with another ulcer-causing mouth disease, oral erosive lichen planus.
Apr 16, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
MacroChem completes patient enrollment for Phase II trial of EcoNail for treatment of onychomycosis
Wellesley Hills, MA, April 11 -- MacroChem Corporation (OTCBB: MACM.OB) announced the completion of patient enrollment in a 40 patient U.S. multi-center open label Phase II efficacy study of EcoNail, a topical antifungal lacquer for the treatment of onychomycosis (nail fungus). EcoNail is the company's patented lacquer which contains the antifungal econazole and MacroChem's enhancer SEPA®.
Apr 11, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM
Scientists implicate gene in vitiligo and other autoimmune diseases
In a study appearing in the March 22 New England Journal of Medicine, scientists supported by the National Institutes of Healths National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) have discovered a connection between a specific gene and the inflammatory skin condition vitiligo, as well as a possible host of autoimmune diseases.
Apr 10, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM