The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Features Dr. Abell's Art Collection
Four years ago, when Wexford-based dermatologist Dr. Debra Tanner Abell was visiting Miami to attend Art Basel, one of the world's largest contemporary art fairs, she happened upon the work of Canadian photographer David Trautrimas at Photo Miami, one of the many spinoff art fairs that have cropped up around the event.Read more
Wireless Skin Patch Developed to Transmit Medical Info
Researchers say they're designing patch-like devices to wirelessly transmit information about a person's vital health statistics, potentially freeing patients from the wires and sticky electrodes of electroencephalograms (EEGs) and electrocardiogram (EKGs). Read more
Dear Doctor Mole mapping monitors for melanoma
Mole mapping typically involves photography of the entire body. These photographs, which are saved digitally, serve as a baseline and assist the physician during a patient's annual skin exam. It is particularly useful in monitoring people at higher risk for melanoma, including individuals with numerous moles, a history of dysplastic or atypical moles, a personal or family history of melanoma, or a history of multiple sunburns or tanning bed use. Read more
mole mapping is now offered in our office
Could eating grapes save you from skin cancer? Scientists find fruit protects against premature ageing
Grapes could protect against skin cancer and prevent premature ageing, research has revealed.
A study has shown that compounds found in the fruit protect cells from the ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun – the leading environmental cause of skin cancer. Read more
Tattoos Linked to Hard-to-Treat Bacterial Infection
A rare but difficult-to-treat bacterial infection that usually strikes people with impaired immune systems is showing up for the first time in healthy individuals getting tattoos, Read more
FDA Makes Changes to Sunscreen Labels
The FDA has announced significant changes to sunscreen products that will help consumers decide how to buy and use sunscreen, and allow them to more effectively protect themselves and their families from sun-induced damage. Read more
Study Says Males Should Get HPV Vaccine Too
Men also carry the human papillomavirus, the virus that can lead to male cancers and genital warts. And they could spread HPV to their sexual partners, putting those people at risk for cervical cancer. Read more
Does Mole Mapping Save Lives?
The average dermatologist sees up to 10,000 patients per year. It is impossible for any medical provider to accurately remember whether any individual mole is new or has changed. If a mole is changing appearance or is a new lesion, it may be suspicious and require a biopsy to determine if it is a skin cancer. When melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is detected early, it is almost always curable. However, if the melanoma has spread, it is difficult to treat and can be fatal. Therefore, early detection is critical. Read more
Roche Drug Is First To Extend Survival Significantly
Until now, no treatment has increased survival significantly in melanoma patients with metastases – cancer cells that have spread beyond the original tumor site. Average survival for Stage III and IV patients has been about eight months. However, a Phase III controlled trial of the experimental drug RG7204 (aka PLX4032), manufactured by the Swiss drug giant Roche, has just concluded, with patients on the drug living significantly longer than those on dacarbazine, the only FDA-approved chemotherapy for melanoma. Read More
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The BEST sunscreens... Still not available in the U.S!
As summer begins, Americans are buying up sunscreen, confident that applying it diligently will protect them from the rays that can lead to skin cancer, sunburn and wrinkles. Read More
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