dermatology

You may have noticed a number of headlines referencing the “Tree Man” from Bangladesh with claims he is “cured” after 16 operations for his rare genetic disorder that transformed his hands and feet into bark-like warts and cutaneous horns.  

Also called Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (EV), this debilitating, heritable condition is often referred to as “Tree Man Illness” or “Tree Man Syndrome.” Though it manifests throughout the body via innumerable abnormal growths on the skin, it is considered to be caused by a genetic impairment that triggers a defect in a person’s cell-mediated immunity.  

More than 200 cases have been reported since it was first described in 1922 by two dermatologists, hence, its other name “Lewandowsky Lutz Dysplasia.” (1) Most present in childhood...

A dangerous practice

It's now almost one year to the day that the Food and Drug Administration publicly recommended that teenagers be prevented from using tanning beds. It was a compelling and worthwhile statement based on science that would save thousands of young lives.

"Indoor tanning is a known contributor to skin cancer, including melanoma (its most deadly form), and other skin damage. Yet, 1.6 million minors indoor tan each year, increasing their risk of skin cancer and other damage," the agency stated on Dec. 18, 2015. "According to the American Academy of Dermatology, those who have been exposed to radiation from indoor tanning are 59 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned...

Did you know Bob Marley died of melanoma?  Or, that Jimmy Carter was recently ‘cured’ of metastatic melanoma?  Many misperceptions abound with respect to skin cancer —specifically melanoma, so we will address them here in this two part series.  

To debunk myths about who is at risk, discuss hot topics in the field and learn what treatments loom on the horizon, I enlisted the help of three leading melanoma researchers from The Wistar Institute —our nation’s first independent biomedical research facility where I am a member of the leadership council.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with melanoma being the most lethal form.  The Centers...

Psoriasis-linked-to-diabetes-ulcers-cardiovascular-disease-articleA major study has found that people with psoriasis are more likely to develop diabetes and cardiovascular disease among other conditions. The study was done by dermatologists at the University of Pennsylvania, published in JAMA dermatology, and included roughly 100,000 people.

Researchers compared those with the skin disease to those with other diseases and...