Yale expert familiar with procedure used on First Lady Jill Biden’s skin cancer
In light of First Lady Jill Biden's diagnosis and subsequent treatment for basal cell cancer, Yale dermatologic surgeons David Leffell, MD explains the symptoms of the condition and expands on the Moh's surgery technique used to remove the First Lady's cancer.Source: WTNH News8
Microneedling Can Help Surgical Scars Fade, Especially If Done Early
A technique called microneedling may help surgical scars heal more attractively — especially if it's done within a couple of months of surgery, a small study suggests. Researchers found that for 25 patients, microneedling improved the long-term appearance of scars after various types of surgery — based on both patient and doctor ratings. But the sooner it was done, the better. Patients who underwent their first microneedling session within six or seven weeks of surgery had the best results. That, the researchers said, goes against the "conventional wisdom," which holds that microneedling should be delayed until scars are about a year old.Source: U.S. News
Yale dermatologist seeing skin cancer in younger people
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and it is completely preventable. With the Memorial Day weekend almost here and a nice forecast ahead, Yale Medicine Dermatologist Kathleen Suozzi warns people to protect their skin. She does not like a trend she is now treating. “I have patients, I’m seeing patients in their twenties, in their thirties developing skin cancer and this is alarming because we know that once you develop a skin cancer you’re at increased risk for all additional skin cancers,” Suozzi said. Suozzi said to pay attention to what the UV index is if you plan to spend time outdoors. It is the strength of the sunburn-producing ultraviolet radiation. Numbers 8 through 10 mean it is high. She said mid-summer is not the only time when sun danger is high. “In general, the UV indexes we will see around this area will peak around mid-summer, so late July, early August but certainly on spring days we can see higher UV indexes that are looking more like our summer levels.”Source: News 8
Overview Itchy skin is a something we’ve all experienced from time to time, whether from an uncomfortable woolen sweater, seasonal dry skin or, perhaps, as a reaction to certain detergents or personal care products. Sometimes, when an itch lasts long enough—and is severe—it can lead to a condition called prurigo nodularis. A hallmark of prurigo nodularis is the development of firm bumps (called nodules) that intensify the itchiness. People with prurigo nodularis report itching that is so intense it disrupts sleep and prompts so much scratching that the skin begins to bleed. Prurigo nodularis can affect people of any age, though is most common among those in middle age or older. “Prurigo nodularis can be an extremely debilitating condition characterized by a relentless itch,” says Yale Medicine.
Spring Skincare Tips for Common Conditions
It might be time to spring clean your skincare routine. Changing weather patterns and warmer days could cause irritation for patients with conditions like eczema or acne. Yale New Haven Hospital-affiliated dermatologist Jeffrey Cohen, MD, Director of the Interdisciplinary Psoriasis Treatment Program at Yale School of Medicine, explained how to spot signs of trouble and when to seek help.
Dermatology, telemedicine and the pandemic: can skin diagnosis be done from a distance?
In the spring and summer of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking root, most medical disciplines had shifted some in-person visits to telemedicine. The ability to see a provider at a distance has transformed how people can access health care, especially when it comes to superficial conditions—those that are visible on the surface of the body. Not every specialty benefited equally from the advantages telemedicine offered, but physicians practicing dermatology quickly embraced the technology’s potential while mitigating its shortcomings. Are In-Person Visits Vital to Diagnosing Dermatological Conditions? It may seem obvious that dermatology is a specialty that is particularly reliant on in-person patient examinations. Dermatologists have long been wary of missing critical information and skeptical of technology’s ability to offer meaningful live imagery. The pandemic, however, has changed that.
How to treat male pattern baldness and why you might be more susceptible than most
A receding hairline or thinning hair on the top of the head is a sign of male pattern baldness.Chalffy/Getty Images Male pattern baldness is inevitable for some and can start early before you even turn 21. Medication, laser therapy, and hair transplants can help you regrow some of that lost hair. Not all of your hair will grow back, but you may get some of it back with proper treatment. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Male pattern baldness — or androgenetic alopecia — accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men, making it the most common type of hair loss. About 25% of men who suffer from it will start losing hair before the age of 21. The condition is not harmful to your health, and treatment is unnecessary if you are content with your appearance. Moreover, there's no way to prevent hair loss, but some medicines can slow it down. Here's what you need to know about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for male pattern baldness.Source: Business Insider
How much sunlight you really need to get enough vitamin D
The sun is our most common source of vitamin D since it's rarely found in foods. In fact, when exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, our skin produces vitamin D naturally. Yet, about 35% of adults in America have a vitamin D deficiency. Important: Adults need about 15 micrograms of vitamin D daily to meet nutrient requirements. And that's a problem since vitamin D is important for strengthening and maintaining bones, supporting a healthy immune system, and breaking down glucose in the body, says David J. Leffell, MD, chief of Yale Medicine Dermatologic Surgery and professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. Here's how to make sure you're getting enough of it from the sun.Source: Insider
7 ways to get rid of and prevent forehead wrinkles, according to dermatologists
Forehead wrinkles and fine lines are a normal and unavoidable part of aging. "As we age, we lose collagen, and this can also contribute to fine lines and wrinkles becoming more apparent," says Marisa Garshick, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology. Medical term: Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that keeps the skin firm. Although aging reduces collagen production in the body, environmental factors like sun exposure and cigarette smoke can also damage collagen fibers in the body, which accelerates the aging process and causes wrinkles to develop. While forehead wrinkles shouldn't be something you're ashamed of, if you want to reduce their appearance, there are plenty of ways to do so.Source: Insider
How to differentiate harmless sunspots from skin cancer
Sunspots are flat, dark spots that appear on parts of your skin that you frequently expose to the sun, such as your face, hands, arms, shoulders, and feet. While anyone can develop these spots, they are particularly common in people with light skin over the age of 40, especially those who spend a lot of time in the sun. Genetics also play a role, so having a family history of sunspots can make you more likely to get them. Note: Sunspots are also known as age spots, solar lentigines, and liver spots although they don't have anything to do with liver function. Sunspots are permanent marks that are harmless, so you don't need to remove them for health reasons. However, if you don't like their appearance, there are steps you can take to lighten them. Here are some tips on how to prevent sunspots and reduce their appearance, as well as how to differentiate a sunspot from something more serious like skin cancer.Source: Insider
Yale dermatologist weighs in on J&J sunscreen recalls, preferred types to protect skin
The FDA realizes that sunscreen use is critical to public health, saying melanoma continues to be on the rise, with most cases caused by excessive sun exposure. Johnson and Johnson recently announced a voluntary recall of five spray sunscreen products under the Neutrogena and Aveeno brands. RELATED: Johnson & Johnson recalling sunscreens due to traces of benzene, cancer-causing chemical The affected products, packaged in aerosol cans, are Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreen versions: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen, and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen. Research by New Haven-based Valisure evaluated sunscreens and after sun products, revealing varying levels of the carcinogen benzene in some. Benzene can be ingested through breathing in, and through the skin making its way into the bloodstream.Source: News 8 WTNH
How to Figure Out Your Skin Type (and Manage It), According to Dermatologists
Normal, dry, acne-prone, sensitive—figuring out your skin type (a.k.a. the physical properties of your skin) will help you determine which products work best for your complexion. Sounds simple enough, right? It turns out the process is more nuanced than you may think. This is because, technically, there isn’t a clearly defined scale for skin type used by dermatologists. “It’s not really an archetype we’re taught in dermatology textbooks,” says Melanie Palm, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and associate professor at the University of California, San Diego. The bucket categories as we know them are based off of diagnosis, behavior, and performance, and are used as a general guideline that’s easier for patients to understand, she explains. Now, onto the nuance.Source: Prevention
What Causes Hives? Everything You Need to Know About Urticaria
Nearly everyone experiences a skin rash at some point in life. It could have bumps, be itchy or painful, and pop up anywhere on your body. Hives, or urticaria, however, are not the same thing as an everyday rash. Hives are a relatively common allergic reaction that affects approximately one out five people at some point in their lives, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD). These welts often come and go, and they can also be chronic. “Hives are raised red or pink areas on the skin that last less than 24 hours,” says Jeffrey Cohen, MD, a Yale Medicine dermatologist and assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine. If you have darker skin, the area may be raised but not necessarily red or pink, it could be the same color as surrounding skin. Urticaria is extremely itchy and bothersome, according to Dr. Cohen. Sometimes they appear as a reaction to something, but in some cases, they form for no apparent reason.Source: The Healthy
Dermatologists Share Their Top 10 Tips for Soothing Dry, Itchy Skin
You’re not alone if you’re dealing with dry, itchy skin right now. Itching is the single most common winter complaint about skin, says David J. Leffell, MD, a dermatologist and the David P. Smith professor of dermatology and surgery at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. "I call it the 'Doc, I have one more thing.' Just as you’re leaving the room, the patient opens up about how itchy and dry their skin is,” he says. If you’re struggling with chronic dry, itchy skin from a condition such as eczema, you know how much these symptoms can impact your life.Source: Everyday Health
The anti-aging and skin-healing effects of vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found in foods like avocados, sunflower oil, and red bell peppers. When consumed orally, vitamin E has many benefits, including slowing the aging process of cells, boosting the immune system, and reducing premenstrual symptoms (PMC). But for skin, vitamin E's main strength is its power as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help combat free radicals, which are unstable molecules that age our skin and damage cells. While there are many proven benefits of vitamin E for skin health, there are also some myths that lack evidence. Here's what you need to know. Skin benefits of vitamin E Vitamin E, in particular, is a potent antioxidant that can prevent sun damage to the skin, alleviate eczema, and more.Source: Insider
What Is Xeomin? Gwyneth Paltrow Uses the Anti-Wrinkle Injectable That's 'Cleaner' Than Botox
Just a few years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow swore that she'd never "do Botox again," in an interview with Harper's Bazaar. The award-winning actress, author, and businesswoman revealed she had a bad experience with the injectable. "I looked crazy. I looked like Joan Rivers!" she said. But this week, the Goop founder revealed that she's been relying on another anti-wrinkle medication to smooth her facial lines for the last few years. In a new interview with People, Paltrow, 47, announced that now she's not only a fan of Xeomin—a prescription injectable for frown lines between the eyebrows—but she's also recently partnered with them as the global face of the brand.Source: Health.com
TRANSITIONING TO TELEDERMATOLOGY OVER NIGHT
Dermatology World talked to Sara Perkins, MD, from Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, about the successful transition of the ambulatory practice from a completely office-based practice to a primarily teledermatology model. Dermatology World: Tell us about your practice setup. Dr. Perkins: In terms of what our practice looked like in the pre-crisis era, we had three main clinical sites (in New Haven, Branford, Middlebury) and one site within the Yale Health Plan, a closed system mainly for students, faculty, and staff at the university. We have 24 full-time faculty members. Yale is a huge research enterprise, so a good portion of those faculty members aren’t seeing patients every day. Across those sites, we were accommodating about 1,100-1,200 patients a week.Source: American Academy of Dermatology
Hell's itch is a rare sunburn reaction that feels like 'fire ants under the skin'
Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause plenty of skin damage and pain if proper precautions aren't taken. As if a painful sunburn isn't bad enough, in rare occasions, it can escalate. This phenomenon is referred to as "hell's itch". What is hell's itch? Hell's itch is a rare, extremely uncomfortable response to a sunburn, says dermatologist David J. Leffell, MD, section chief of the Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Programs at Yale Medicine. It will typically crop up two days after a severe sunburn has occurred, and will last for two or more days. "It is described as a maddening, uncontrollable itch of the affected skin. Some have described it as deep sandpaper rubbing on the skin or severe pins and needles," says Leffell. The scientific literature has minimal information on the phenomenon of hell's itch. One of the only mentions of it in medical journals is a firsthand account by a medical student that was published in 2018 in the Journal of Travel Medicine.Source: Insider
Two Yale School of Medicine MD-PhD Students Receive Prestigious Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Jonathan Marques and Diana Yanez, both currently in the School of Medicine’s (YSM) MD-PhD program, have been selected as 2018 Soros Fellows. Marquez and Yanez are among 30 recipients of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Fellows, all of whom are children of immigrants to the Unites States, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients, green card holders, or naturalized citizens, were selected from a pool of 1,766 applicants for their potential to make significant contributions to United States society, culture, or their academic fields, and for their commitment to the United States’ fundamental principles and ideals.