Barbara J. Rutledge, Ph.D.
CTCL Vaccines
Paris - One of the most promising areas of research for treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is the development of therapeutic vaccines, according to Wolfram Sterry, M.D., who presented an overview of vaccination therapies for treatment of CTCL here at the World Congress of Dermatology.
IgM antibodies occur earlier than IgG in EM
Los Angeles -The kinetics of Borrelia burgdorferi antibody titers in 394 patients with erythema migrans and correlations of IgM and IgG antibody profiles with clinical disease were described at the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology.
Mast cells play key role in bacterial infection defense
Los Angeles -- Mast cells are directly involved in innate defense against bacterial infection through the synthesis of antimicrobial peptides, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative dermatology.
Melasma affects dermis, epidermisin most patients
New York - Melasma is a manifestation of sun damage usually seen in individuals with skin types III, IV, and V, Maritza Perez, M.D., said at the second annual meeting of The Skin and Color Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York.
Amino acid accelerates wound repair
Chicago - Treatment of chronic wounds, such as skin ulcers associated with aging or diabetic skin, represents an unmet medical need. Thymosin b4 (Tb4) shows promise as a therapeutic agent for wound repair in aging and diabetic patients, according to Allan L. Goldstein, Ph.D., who spoke at the annual International Symposium on Aging Skin.
HHV-8 present in immunocompetent
Rome - Human herpesvirus-8 has been implicated as the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma, often seen in patients with AIDS. Until recently, primary HHV-8 infection had been described only in immunocompromised patients, such as AIDS patients. Massimo Andreoni, M.D., and colleagues from Italy and Egypt presented the first report of primary HHV-8 infection in immunocompetent individuals (JAMA 2002; 287: 1295-1300).
Dermoscopy group develops 3-point algorithm
New Orleans - The Dermoscopy Working Group (DWG), an international, independent research and education organization on dermoscopy, aims to teach the principles of the procedure to dermatologists and general practitioners.

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