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Galderma Buys Injectables

Galderma has purchased full rights to distribute Valeant Pharmaceuticals's injectables Restylane, Perlane, Emervel, Sculptra, and Dysport for $1.4 billion. Two of the newly acquired fillers, Emervel Classic and Emervel Deep, have been submitted for approval by the FDA and Health Canada and are currently under review. Beginning July 28, Galderma will have a new branded distribution process and all accounts will automatically receive a new Galderma account number and information on the new ordering process. “We are pleased to complete...

Prenatal Health Risks Linked to Lipids in Cosmetics

New research in the journal Cell Communication and Signaling links high lipid levels in pregnant women to a disruption in early prenatal brain development and autism. Environmental causes, such as exposure to chemicals in cosmetics, can lead to higher lipid levels, which in turn influences the interaction between two key neural pathways linked to autism. Cosmetics come into play because a number of lipids, including ceramides, cholesterol, and palmitic acid, are often on the ingredient list to help rebuild the...

New Silicone Dressing Aids Cancer patients

Clinical research published in Radiotherapy and Oncology shows a breakthrough treatment for skin recovering from radiation therapy. Radiation often causes severe skin reactions, including mild redness, ulceration, pain, burning, and itching. A new silicone dressing, which adheres closely to the small folds in the skin without needing adhesives, helps protect skin from friction to allow proper healing from radiation damage in breast cancer patients. Patries Herst, M.D., of the University of Otago Wellington’s Department of Radiation Therapy, recently conducted a...

Mio Skincare Partners with Intelix Solutions

Mio High Intensity Bodycare will now be distributed through Intelix Solutions, a leading medical device and product company, to reach clients at esthetics practices and weight-loss clinics. Mio High Intensity Bodycare, which debuted late last year, was an ideal choice for Intelix Solutions thanks to the line’s superior results, retail-friendly packaging, and ease of pairing with medically based body treatments. According to the Body Contouring Market Outlook report, non-surgical body procedures have increased 461 percent since 1997, and body contouring...

Novan Announces Positive Results For Acne Treatment

Novan Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on medical nitric oxide therapies has announced positive Phase 2 study results of its topical drug candidate for the treatment of acne vulgaris. The double blind, vehicle-controlled, dose- ranging study included 150 subjects with acne. Subject were randomized evenly to 1 percent, 4 percent, or vehicle gel and treated for 12 weeks. The topical drug demonstrated good cutaneous tolerability with no reported serious adverse side effects. Subjects treated with the drug recognized a...

Valeant Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Precision Dermatology

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has entered into a definitive agreement and will acquire Precision Dermatology for $475 million in cash, plus an additional $25 million payable upon the achievement of a sales-based milestone. Precision develops and markets dermatology products, including Locoid, Hylatopic, Clindagel, and BenzEFoam. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. “Precision Dermatology has a wide range of medical dermatology products, treating a number of topical disease states such as acne and atopic dermatitis, and...

New Infrared Heat Research Results Released

Fit Bodywrap, a leader in infrared weight-loss and pain-relief systems, recently released years of clinical research supporting the effectiveness of its infrared heat system. The summaries of findings, "Fit Bodywrap for Wellness" and "Fit Bodywrap for Weight Loss" by Aaron Flickstein, D.C., medical director for Fit Bodywrap, report a wide variety of proven benefits, such as pain relief and detoxification. Research highlights include: The sweat produced by infrared heating as delivered by the Fit Bodywrap can contain as much as...

Vitamin A Benefits Extend Below Skin's Surface

An international team of researchers has found that all-trans retinoid acid (ATRA), from vitamin A, may help keep the immune system under control for those with autoimmune disorders or who have received transplants, according to a new study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology . Scientists conducted a head-to-head comparison of the role of ATRA on two subpopulations of regulatory T cells, looking for chagnes. Results suggest that ATRA enhances one subpopulation of regulatory T cells, which are a...

Imaging Technology Sheds Light on Injections

New imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Washington may allow scientists to analyze what occurs within the micrvascular system during dermal filler injections and help them to better manage complications. The fine-resolution technology produces 3-D images of the body's vascular network, visualizing blood vessels as small as five microns in diameter, by shining a light onto the tissue iwthout touching it or adding any fluorescent dyes. Using optical micro-angiography, researchers found and analyzed complications that arose when...

California Doctor Introduces Cellulite Treatment

A primary cause of cellulite—small valleys of subcutaneous fat trapped by tight connective tissue anchors—can now be effectively treated using the Brennan Beach Bottom technique. H. George Brennan, M.D., a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA, pioneered the surgery to reduce the dimpled appearance caused by the pressure of the fat against connective tissue anchors just below the skin. The more connective tissue anchors there are, the worse the cellulite appears. To smooth the surface of the skin, Brennan first...

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