Dermatologist: Why sunscreen alone is inadequate protection
Sunscreen protects the wearer against some but not all harmful ultraviolet rays and is only one weapon in the sun-protection arsenal, dermatologist Mary Martini says. Sun-protective clothing, avoiding sun exposure from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and staying out of tanning beds also help lower the risk for skin cancer. Early detection of skin cancer is critical to favorable outcomes, and patients with a changing or new mole or a persistent, bleeding growth should see a dermatologist, and anyone with more than 50 moles should seek regular dermatologic care, Martini says.
By Brenda Dintiman, MD
Brenda Dintiman, M.D.I first heard about the Academy’s volunteer teledermatology project by chance when I happened to sit next to Bill James, MD, at a legislative meeting a few years ago. He was working on a telemedicine project, along with Carrie Kovarik, MD, and some other members, and asked me if I was interested in participating. I was, and I kept following up with him until the Academy’s pilot program launched in September 2010. This pilot program later became AccessDerm.
Itching for New Help for Eczema: Recently Identified Immune Cells Possible Therapeutic Target
Jan. 30, 2013 — The increasing incidence of allergic skin diseases, and the accompanying economic burden and heightened risk of developing other allergic conditions, have spurred researchers to look for better ways to control these immune system-based disorders.