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Drug Approved for Inoperable Melanoma

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) was finally approved for the treatment of inoperable malignant melanoma. Testing was never completed as it performed so well in the early clinical trials.

New Product for Facial Redness

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The FDA has approved a new product that is the first topical treatment specifically indicated for persistent facial redness that is seen in many patients with rosacea. The topical treatment works by constricting the dilated blood vessels and lasts up to 12 hours.

Viagra may be linked to increased melanoma risk

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According to an article published online April 7, 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, the use of sildenafil (Viagra, Pfizer) is associated with an increased risk of developing invasive malignant melanoma. Other medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, including Cialis and...

New Filler is FDA Approved

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JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is a hyaluronic acid filler that has been FDA approved for volume correction in the cheeks. This new product will compete with the already popular Radiesse™ and is used to give more volume to the cheeks and/or fill in hollows. It appears that this product will...

Sleep habits impact on skin

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New study shows that poor sleep habits may have direct impact on one’s skin. The Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/23, Townsend) reports a study that shows that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have skin that ages more quickly and be less healthy.

Chocolate may make acne worse

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A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology evaluated 10 male patients ages 18 to 35. This study showed that the more cocoa ingested, the more the participants’ acne flared.

Low-calorie diet may lead to improvement of psoriasis

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In a study published online in JAMA Dermatology, psoriasis patients who were put on a low-calorie diet had improvement of their quality of life and their psoriasis severity. These findings, although encouraging, were not statistically significant. For those suffering from...

The Affordable Healthcare

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The Affordable Healthcare Act–will healthcare really be more affordable? As Obamacare gets going, it is unclear whether insurance premiums are going to go up or down. For example, New Hampshire’s healthcare exchange will launch in October with Anthem BlueCross BlueShield as the...

Two New Treatments for Advanced Melanoma Approved by FDA

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On Wednesday the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it has approved two new oral medications for the treatment of metastatic or advanced melanoma that is non-operable–Tafinlar and Mekinist–both of which are marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. Both drugs are to be used as a...

Is Dysport better than Botox?

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This is a commonly asked question and you will hear many different opinions on this subject. The simple unbiased answer is, if there is a real difference between the two, it is likely extremely negligible. There are several OTHER factors that affect one’s results–such as number...