Hair Regrowth, Hair Rejoice: 5 Promising Treatments in Hair Regrowth Therapy

AAD summer conference offers new advances in hair regrowth research 

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Dr. Melissa Piliang, MD, dermatologist and dermatopathologist, speaks on hair regrowth at the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual Summer Academy Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Earlier this month, the American Academy of Dermatology held its 2014 Summer Academy Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Among the topics discussed was the subject of hair loss and how it affects patients suffering from conditions like alopecia areata and lichen planopilaris. Dr. Melissa Piliang, MD, dermatologist and dermatopathologist at the Cleveland Clinic, spoke about the state of hair research during her presentation, “Hair Raising Ideas: What’s New in Hair Disorders.” A longtime researcher in hair regrowth therapy, Dr. Piliang discussed a variety of promising treatment options based on ongoing research as well as her own work in the field.

Here are five treatment options highlighted during her presentation for patients considering hair regrowth therapy, all of which are still undergoing further research:

  1. Vitamin D – The role of vitamin D in hair growth and hair cycling is essential. Although no direct link between vitamin D and hair regrowth has been established, vitamin D deficiency is a common trait for many patients suffering from hair loss. “Many people are deficient in vitamin D, so it is an important nutrient to include in the workup of patients with alopecia,” said Dr. Piliang.
  2. Tofacitinib – Tofacitinib is a JAK inhibitor that’s been showing promising effects in hair regrowth. Although more studies need to be done in order to determine its full effects, recent reports have brought this new therapy to the forefront.
  3. Pioglitazone – Pioglitazone is a PPAR gamma receptor blocker that’s being further studied thanks to a patient with lichen planopilaris who showed an improvement in scalp inflammation after a course of pioglitazone.
  4. Light devices – Light devices are growing in popularity thanks to their ease of use at home. Most devices are hand-held and available without a prescription, and offer treatment by providing low-intensity light to the scalp.
  5. Growing new hair follicles – Although previous research hasn’t led to anything significantly successful, a new method of hair regrowth by inducing hair follicle development from epidermis is showing benefits in patients who have androgenetic alopecia. Researchers from Columbia University and Durham University in the UK are still conducting research on the method.

To read the full article from the AAD summer conference, click here.

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4 Big Reasons Why Virtual Reality Anesthesia is the Way of the Future

New technological advances could change the way we look at anesthesia and sedation 

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Doctors in Spain perform the first-ever virtual reality anesthetic operation, which was live-streamed using Google Glass.

As the worlds of healthcare and technology continue to collide, medical professionals are always looking at different ways new technology can be applied in the operating room. Which has led to this: virtual reality anesthesia. Yes, doctors are now figuring out a way to use VR in place of anesthesia to calm the nerves felt by many going under the knife.

Digital simulations, including clouds rolling over the beach or fireworks exploding in the night sky, are mixed with the comforting sounds of Beethoven in order to soothe those pre-surgery jitters. As futuristic as it sounds, when combined with a simple local anesthetic, VR anesthesia has actually proven to be quite successful, so much so that a hospital in Spain performed a knee operation using VR anesthesia on a live patient. The results? The surgery went off without a hitch, and was even streamed in real-time using Google Glass.

Here are four reasons why VR anesthesia is turning heads in the medical field:

  1. VR simulations can lower heart rate and blood pressure.
  2. It eases anxiety, eliminating the need for a general anesthetic.
  3. Creates total immersion, blocking out all light and noise of a stressful OR.
  4. Has the potential to minimize pharmacological therapy, which reduces the risks associated with sedation.

To read more about virtual reality anesthesia, click here.

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Calming Kids Before Surgery: Give Them an iPad

Tablet-based games could help decrease anxiety before an operation 

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Research shows playing tablet-based games before anesthesia and surgery could be more beneficial in reducing anxiety in children.

A new study reports that children who played games on an iPad mini before going under anesthesia for surgery had reduced levels of anxiety compared to regular sedation. The study, published in Pediatric Anesthesia, took 108 kids between the ages of 1 and 11 and randomly assigned each to receive either a dose of oral midazolam syrup (a sedative) or an iPad mini before going under anesthesia. Kids in the iPad group chose an age-appropriate game and started playing it when it was time to separate from their parents for preoperative anesthesia, and continued up until the time they received the anesthesia. The other group received the sedative 15 minutes before anesthesia.

The results showed that children in the tablet group had a 9-point decrease in anxiety (on a scale of 100) when separated from their parents and a 14-point decrease in anxiety when anesthesia was being administered, compared to those who received sedation instead. Recovery time was also affected, with the tablet group recovering much faster after surgery than the sedation group.

“Anxiety is a major source of concern for children going to the hospital for anything, but especially for surgery,” said Dr. Samuel C. Seiden, lead author of the study. “That whole process of leaving parents or having someone put a mask over your face can be a very traumatic experience. That’s why we spent a lot of time thinking about how we could make this less anxiety-provoking for children.”

To read the full article on the study, click here.

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Pain and Itch Could Be a Sign of Skin Cancer

New research shows both factors could be deadly in suspicious skin lesions 

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Research shows that pain and itching in certain areas could be a sign of skin cancer.

In a new study published online in JAMA Dermatology, research indicates that pain and itching could point to several different types of skin cancers. The study, conducted by the Department of Dermatology at Temple University School of Medicine, examined the relationship between pain and itch and histologic features of skin cancers in patients diagnosed with basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas.

Out of the 268 patients included in the study, almost 40 percent of skin cancer lesions were accompanied by itching, while nearly 30 percent involved pain of some kind. Most of the non-melanoma skin cancers studied, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, had more symptoms of pain and itching than with melanoma.

While more than 45 percent of the skin lesions associated with itching also had pain, 60 percent of painful lesions involved itching in or around the affected area.

To read more about the study, click here.

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American Veterinary Medical Association Announces New President

Dr. Ted Cohn takes the lead in new position 

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American Veterinary Medical Association announces Dr. Ted Cohn as new president.

Dr. Ted Cohn of Lone Tree, Colorado stepped into his new role last Friday as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He assumes the role after more than 35 years in the veterinary medical profession. Cohn attended the University of Colorado and then the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Afterward, he completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, and more recently graduated from the certification course in veterinary acupuncture at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.

Cohn graduated from Tuskegee University in 1975 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and later went into private practice as an associate veterinarian at Aspenwood Animal Hospital. Cohn currently serves as a partner and hospital director at University Hills Animal Hospital in Denver. In 1997, he was named Western Region Practitioner of the Year by the American Animal Hospital Association.

To read the full press release from the AVMA, click here.

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TV Special to Highlight Pain Management

Pain remains more prevalent than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined

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A new special airing on public television in August looks to facilitate the national pain management dialogue.

A new public television special airing this August called “Learning About Pain Management” hopes to shed new light on the issues of pain and pain management. The special will focus on the physical experience of “pain,” including how the body senses and is affected by pain. It will also highlight the many pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches at managing it, and what can be done to further improve pain management.

Pain is something everyone experiences at various points in their lives, and it’s the number one reason for physician visits in the U.S. Even with annual costs ranging up to $600 billion, it still remains a condition that’s usually left undiagnosed, untreated or improperly managed. The special will include experts in the field of pain management from across the country as they weigh in on topics such as the psychology of pain and proper rehabilitation, among other areas of interest.

The special will also look at a number of patients and their families and examine the impact of pain on their daily lives.

For more information on the upcoming special, click here.

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ASA Organizations Receive 2014 Power of A Awards

Global Humanitarian Outreach Program and Anesthesia Quality Institute Among Winners 

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Two of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ top organizations were awarded with industry’s highest honor.

Two organizations affiliated with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) received the Power of A Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for 2014. The first, the Global Humanitarian Outreach (GHO) program, was honored with the Power of A Gold Award for contributing to the improvement and education on the global anesthesia crisis as well as supporting low income countries to improve anesthesia care. The second group, the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI), received the Power of A Silver Award for aggregating and summarizing data at the national level in order to demonstrate steady gains in patient safety.

The ASAE’s Power of A Awards are the industry’s top honor, and recognizes valuable contributions on the local, national and global level.

“We are proud to say ASA is affiliated with organizations that are improving anesthesia safety in the U.S. and around the world,” said ASA President Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D.

To read the full article on the ASA’s website, click here.

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General Anesthesia and Mortality in Stroke Patients

New study finds a possible link between the two 

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A new study makes a link between general anesthesia and patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke.

Researchers have conducted a new study that suggests patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular intervention therapy who received general anesthesia experienced greater mortality than patients who underwent some form of conscious sedation. However, it remains uncertain whether this difference is attributed to the type of anesthesia a patient received.

In previous studies, reports showed that general anesthesia resulted in favorable clinical and radiographic outcomes when compared to local anesthesia. More recent retrospective studies have shown that general anesthesia might actually worsen neurologic outcomes and increase mortality in patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke.

Several factors play a role in determining whether a direct link is existent in these types of patients. Hilary P. Grocott, MD, professor of anesthesia and surgery at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, referred to the recent studies as “interesting” but said they suffer from limitations common in most retrospective studies.

“Unaccounted-for confounders are always a concern with studies with relatively low patient numbers. Specifically, those patients requiring general anesthesia may have had a poorer preoperative neurologic condition that itself may have led to the higher mortality rate. Alternatively, general anesthesia may have had an impact on blood pressure, with inadequately treated hypotension resulting in worse neurologic outcome—and subsequent death—in some patients. These results warrant further study as to the factors that led to the higher mortality signal with general anesthesia.”

To learn more about the newest study on general anesthesia, click here.

 

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American Academy of Dermatology Releases Statement on Sun Exposure, Vitamin D Levels

Recommends vitamin D through nutrition instead of sun 

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American Academy of Dermatology President Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, released a statement on sun exposure and vitamin D levels.

The Journal of Internal Medicine published a recent study that suggested women who avoid sun exposure are twice as likely to die when compared to women who actually receive exposure. A statement from American Academy of Dermatology President Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, later clarified these findings.

The authors of the study have already emphasized the difficulty of distinguishing the consequences of unhealthy lifestyle choices and avoidance of the sun. This new statement from the AAD adds that the study also had no data on vitamin D supplementation or vitamin D levels.

Instead of attempting to get the majority of vitamin D through potentially dangerous, unprotected UV exposure, the AAD recommends a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D, foods/beverages fortified with vitamin D and vitamin D supplements. With the public consciousness already tuned in to the dangers of UV radiation, the AAD is helping to remind people of what they can do in order to live a healthy lifestyle and practice safe protection along with it.

To read the full statement from the American Academy of Dermatology, click here.

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Veterinarian Medicine Mobility Act Passes in Congress

Legislation now waits for President’s signature 

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New legislation hopes to eliminate problems many home-based and mobile veterinarians faced.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation that will allow veterinarians to carry and dispense drugs outside of their registered locations. The law, known as the “Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act,” works to amend the Controlled Substances Act, which previously prohibited veterinarians from transporting medicine and other substances to animals outside of their registered locations. The U.S. Senate also passed the legislation, and it now moves forward to the White House for approval.

Problems arose in 2012, when veterinarians who operate home-based practices and provide mobile services to many of their patients began receiving warnings from the Drug Enforcement Agency saying they were in violation of the Controlled Substance Act. This new law will look to eliminate the difficulties in technicalities many of these veterinarians faced over the last few years.

For more information on the Veterinarian Medicine Mobility Act, click here.

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