Andrew Bowser
Andrew Bowser is a medical writer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Fixing Mistakes
New Orleans - Several effective methods for fixing liposuction defects are available, but surgeons doing primary liposuction procedures should try to avoid the risk of overcorrection in the first place by removing fat conservatively, according to Lisa M. Donofrio, M.D.
No Quick-Fix Solution
New York - While the micronized formulation of Alloderm (Cymetra, LifeCell Corp.) is an appropriate substance for correcting certain facial defects, the physician who wants to use it may need to manage patient expectations, according to Anthony P. Sclafani, M.D.
To Cut or Not to Cut, What Say You?
New York - While surgeons may refuse to make incisions through active psoriatic skin because of safety concerns, a recent survey suggests most skin experts do not believe such procedures increase risk of infection or impairment of wound healing.
Melanoma Activist
Chicago - An orally active small molecule inhibitor of Raf kinase, the first of its class to enter clinical trials, is well tolerated when combined with standard chemotherapy agents, and may have activity against metastatic melanoma, Keith T. Flaherty, M.D., said at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Melanoma Fighter
Chicago - Arginine deiminase, an amino acid degrading enzyme, is safe and has anti-tumor activity in phase I and II investigations of metastatic melanoma, according to Theodore Logan, M.D.
Higher Dosing 'Difficult to Straddle'
Chicago - Escalating doses of an antibody to CTLA-4 in conjunction with a peptide vaccine showed the induction of antigen-specific immune responses and potential evidence of autoimmunity in patients with stage III/IV resected melanoma, according to Jeffrey M. Weber, M.D., Ph.D.
Geriatric Dermatology
Orlando -- As baby boomers become seniors and the elderly become very old, a good understanding of geriatric dermatology will become increasingly critical for providing the best care for one's patients, according to Robert A. Norman, D.O., M.P.H.
Avoiding Pressure Ulcer Formation
Orlando - To prevent pressure ulcers in long-term care facilities, clinicians and staff must adopt a multifactorial approach that accounts for everything from diet to patient movement to continence control, according to George Taler, M.D., C.M.D.
Honey, we baked the kids!
Miami Beach, Fla. -Fewer than one in five parents of children attending a dermatology or pediatrics clinic knew that tanning devices provide only limited sunburn protection, recent survey results show.
Inching Closer
Patients enrolled in a phase III trial of a novel Bcl-2-directed antisense agent plus chemotherapy with dacarbazine (DTIC) are yielding remarkable responses thus far, according to Anna C. Pavlick, D.O., assistant professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York.


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