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Quick Fixes for Little Ears

Every year many babies are born with misshaped ears. Ear defects such as bat ear, lop ear, cup ear, rim kinks, folded-over helical rim, Stahl's bar, ear tags and clefts are fairly common. In another smaller percentage of babies, ears may be normal at birth, but begin to protrude and stick out at around three months of age. "When a baby is born the cartilage framework of the ears is extremely soft due to the mother's estrogen hormones," says David...

Skin-Lightening Products Contain High Amounts of Mercury

According to a recent study in the American Academy of Dermatology Journal , some cosmetic skin-lightening products contain harmful levels of mercury. Six percent of those tested contained well above the FDA-approved limit of mercury, including one that was 45,000 times above FDA standards. Researchers purchased more than 500 skin-lightening products in stores or online in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, and Sri Lanka, and used a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to screen each one for mercury content exceeding...

An App For That

Just because there's an app for something, doesn't mean that it should replace the real thing. There is a rising number of apps that track and diagnose a wide range of skin diseases on the go, but according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , users should be cautious. "There are 229 dermatological applications out there and most are free," says Robert Dellavalle, M.D., Ph.D. "Yet this is an area of buyer beware because...

The MedSerenity Channel Provides Mind-Body Healing Over the Airwaves

The MedSerenity Channel, launched by The Wellness Network and content partner Medcalm, is a new channel dedicated to programming for integrative mind-body healing and relaxation. It was developed to support pre- and post-operative patient care in virtually any hospital environment. Medcalm designs programs to help with pain relief, anxiety reduction, better sleep, and an overall peace of mind for viewers. "We are excited to complement our existing portfolio with this important new tool for holistic healing," says Dave Ross, COO...

Lawsuits Against Non-Physicians Are on the Rise

A new American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) study examined the growing number of lawsuits related to laser surgery and discovered a significant increase in those filed against non-physicians performing the procedures. This marks the first comprehensive study of laser surgery liability claims, published in JAMA Dermatology , which shows patients are filing more injury lawsuits when laser treatments are performed by non-physicians. Researchers say these findings show that doctor-performed or supervised services are a safer option for patients...

DermaMed Solutions Expands Website

DermaMed Solutions announced an expanded Client Area, which includes more training, marketing, and wellness information, on its website. The password-protected area of the site includes many business resources to aid in maximizing sales and providing great customer service. Visitors have an enhanced experience with online ordering, news, specials, treatment protocols, product starter kits, training videos, and marketing materials for the Megapeel , ExcellaDerm, Régenique and dmSkincare . “In this competitive marketplace, our partners need more support than ever,” according to...

New Filler Treats Smokers' Lip Lines

Those who light up can now fight the telltale signs of smoking, thanks to the dermal filler Belotero, a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that integrates with the skin, adapts to skin contours, and plumps and adds volume to lines and creases of the lip. "The msot obvious prevention of smokers' lines is not to smoke," says Joseph Eviatar, M.D., an oculofacial plastic surgeon and surgical director of Chelsea Eye & Cosmetic Surgery Associates (New York City). "However, once the...

Chromogenex Technologies Launches I-LipoXcell

Chromogenex Technologies, a leader in laser innovation, launched the i-LipoXcell, an advanced non-invasive fat-reduction and body-analysis system. The i-LipoXcell is a multi-platform body contour system that provides four technologies in one—Dual Wavelength Laser, Near Infrared Vacuum Massage, Multi Wavelength Body Analysis, and Multi Polar Radiofrequency. The FDA-cleared equipment also incorporates new patented technology that instantly measures and analyzes body fat.

U.S. Market for Non-Surgical Procedures Skyrockets

According to market researcher Kline, non-surgical procedures such as fillers and laser treatments have grown by 500 percent in the last 20 years and continue to show strength. A recently published report, Professional Aesthetics: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities, shows a 7.5 percenti ncrease in sales of professional aesthetics products in 2012. The report attributed this increase to the expanding variety of treatments available, as well as to the ease and the relative affordability of procedures that can be scheduled...

Oakworks Medical Develops a Wellness and Recovery Line

Oakworks Medical, a subsidiary of Oakworks, developed a Wellness and Recovery line of ergonomic procedure chairs and exam tables. All pieces in the new line meet the stringent USFDA requirements for medical facilities and are built to the International Standard for Medical Products in an ISO-certified U.S. manufacturing facility. This designation ensures that a rigorous safety analysis has been completed and the product has been designed to minimize risk to both patient and operator. The chairs and tables feature a...

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