Medical Spa News

New Sunscreen Allows Body to Produce Vitamin D

Researchers at Boston University Medical Center have developed a process for altering the ingredients in a sunscreen that does not impact its sun protection factor (SPF), but does allow the body to produce vitamin D. The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE , contributed to the production of a new sunscreen called Solar D. Sun exposure is the major source of vitamin D for most children and adults worldwide. It is also recognized that vitamin D deficiency and...

Galderma Names New President

Galderma, a global leader focused on medical solutions in dermatology has announced the promotion of Miles Harrison to president and general manager. He will lead the U.S. and Canada teams. “I am honored to take this leadership position at a time when Galderma is experiencing such fantastic growth and transformation,” says Harrison. “I am proud to be part of a company consistently trusted by doctors and patients that is truly changing people’s lives with its solutions for skin health. We...

Breast Cancer Patient Education Act Passes

In December, Congress passed the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCPEA). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) proudly led the stakeholder effort to advance this bipartisan policy, first introduced in 2012, and worked closely with its champions in Congress to shepherd it through the legislative process. The BCPEA aims to inform breast cancer patients of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses, and other options. “This is a proud day,” says president David Song, M.D. “ASPS has engaged...

Nail Stem Cells Prove More Versatile

There are plenty of body parts that don't grow back when you lose them. Nails are an exception, and a new study reveals some of the reasons why. A team of researchers at the University of Southern California has identified a new population of nail stem cells, which have the ability to either self-renew or undergo specialization or differentiation into multiple tissues. To find these elusive stem cells, the principal investigator Krzysztof Kobielak and the team used a sophisticated system...

Radiation Therapy Scars Preventable

According to a study led by researchers at Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center published this week in the January edition of the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a new paste prevents scarring caused by radiation treatment. When applied to the skin of mice, the patented A2A receptor blocker paste halts fibrosis caused by the radiation used in cancer therapy. Scarring occurs as key cells lay down tough connective tissue to provide a framework...

FDA Proposes Tanning Bed Ban for Teens

tanning bed regulations for teens
Earlier this month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed regulations that would ban children under 18 from patronizing indoor tanning facilities and would require adult customers to sign strongly worded new consent forms every six months. The FDA says tanning beds and sun lamps can cause skin cancer, burns, and eye damage. "Today's action is intended to help protect young people from a known and preventable cause of skin cancer and other harms," says acting FDA Commissioner...

Researchers Link Stress and Skin Problems

College is a stressful time in the lives of students, and a new study by researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and Temple University found that heightened levels of psychological stress are associated with skin complaints. The study, published by the international, peer-reviewed journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica aimed to assess the relationship between perceived psychological stress and the prevalence of various skin symptoms in a large, randomly selected sample of undergraduate students. "Previous studies have...

Galderma and Zeltiq Announce U.S. Collaboration

Galderma, a global leader in skin health, and Zeltiq Aesthetics, a medical technology company known for its CoolSculpting device, announced a new collaboration across the companies’ innovative aesthetic brands and offerings. This nationwide collaboration between two of the fastest growing companies in the aesthetic space will provide healthcare professionals and consumers with greater access to a robust range of technologically advanced and scientifically proven beauty solutions for facial rejuvenation and non-invasive fat reduction. “The collaboration between Galderma and Zeltiq is...

Thermi250 Cleared to Treat Cellulite

Thermi, a leader in thermistor-regulated energy solutions for plastic surgery and dermatology, has announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of Thermi250 for the temporary reduction of cellulite. Thermi250 represents a high-powered addition to the company’s portfolio of temperature controlled radiofrequency devices, providing a myriad of solutions to the aesthetic medical marketplace. The Thermi250 is a high-powered, thermistor-regulated radiofrequency system designed with a wide array of electrodes and a user-friendly graphic interface. The Thermi250 treatment, known as ThermiSmooth,...

Researchers Discover Quicker Way to Heal Skin

RNA skin healing research
Medical researchers from Louisiana State University and Northwestern University have discovered a new way to prevent inflammation and to speed up the skin's healing process. After five years of research, LSU assistant professor Wei Xu and collaborators at Northwestern University identified the gene regulation pathway, which involves the body's sodium sensor called Nax (scn7a) that triggers inflammation. They found a way to block it using a nanoparticle-carried small interference RNA (Ribonucleic acid), which enables the skin to heal faster. "This...

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