Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Leg hairs serve as novel way to restore thinning hairline
Leg hairs can be a convenient and natural-looking donor source for hair transplantation when restoring a thinning hairline. This approach offers an aesthetic solution for select patients with male pattern baldness, according to one hair transplant specialist.
Trial shows benefits to immediate lymph node dissection in some melanoma cases
Trial shows benefits to immediate lymph node dissection in some melanoma cases
The results of the first Multicenter Selective Lymphadenectomy Trial (MSLT-1) seem to indicate that survival in patients with intermediate thickness melanoma and metastatic disease in the regional nodes can be improved if early lymph node dissection is performed when a positive sentinel node is identified.
Pegylated, standard interferon retain relevance in some melanoma cases
Interferon and the recently Food and Drug Administration-approved pegylated interferon remain relevant adjuvant therapies for patients with lymph node-positive melanoma, even in light of advances with CTLA4 blockade and BRAF-targeted therapies for late-stage disease, says Vernon K. Sondak, M.D., chairman, department of cutaneous oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.
Suspected melanonychia in pediatric patients can confound physicians
Differentiating benign nail pigmentations such as melanonychia from either nail or nail matrix melanoma is especially difficult in children because pediatric lesions present differently than they do in adults, according to Antonella Tosti, M.D., professor of the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Experimental laser targets sebaceous glands to treat acne
A laser approach that selectively targets the sebaceous glands may prove to be an effective future therapy for acne, said Fernanda H. Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D., at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
3-D imaging confirms volumizing effects of fractional bipolar RF
An aesthetic device that delivers bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy via microneedling appears to achieve skin tightening, lifting and volumization that can be measured objectively through the comparison of pre- and post-procedure 3-D images, said Lori Brightman, M.D., at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
New Nd:YAG laser delivery option manages onychomycosis, study shows
The cosmetic and medical aspects of onychomycosis appear to be treated effectively with 1,064 nm Nd:YAG laser therapy, said Jill Waibel, M.D., at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Standard interferon regimen proves superior in high-risk melanoma patients
Adjuvant therapy with high-dose interferon induction administered for only four weeks did not show to improve relapse-free survival or overall survival in patients with resectable intermediate and high-risk melanoma, according to the results of a recent study discussed at the 2011 International Melanoma Congress in Tampa, Fla.
Adjuvant advances aside, surgery sometimes best option for melanoma treatment
The treatment and management of malignant melanoma remains very challenging, and while numerous breakthroughs in adjuvant therapy become available and others appear on the horizon, clinicians should keep in mind the importance of the landmark technical advances in melanoma surgery, says James M. Lewis, M.D., department of surgical oncology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, Tenn.
Lymphoma diagnosis may be missed without careful evaluation, multiple biopsies
The cutaneous symptoms of lymphoma and atopic dermatitis (AD) can mimic one another, particularly when AD is severe. An accurate evaluation and assessment of the presenting clinical symptoms is crucial in avoiding a potential misdiagnosis of either disease.

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