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Medical Tourism Survey Shows Growth

The practice of traveling to a foreign country to attain medical services continues to grow as a global phenomenon. Patients around the world are increasingly seeking international healthcare solutions to address prevailing issues with cost, quality, and access. The 2013 Medical Tourism Survey Report conducted by the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) provides helpful updates for potential patients and providers. Here are a few key statistics from the survey: Nearly 80 percent of demand for medical travel is driven by cost...

Researchers Discover Key to Hair Follicle Activation

A new study published in Cell Stem Cell identified a molecular pathway that can be triggered to restart hair growth in dormant follicles or blocked to prevent unwanted growth. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania examined the use of Wnt proteins, small molecular messengers that convey information between cells and initiate signaling via an intracellular molecule. When Wnt signaling was disrupted, the team found hair growth halted, and when the pathway resumed, hair growth...

Study Reveals Health Risks of Titanium Dioxide

Researchers from the University of Toronto and University of Torino (Italy) have found potential health risks associated with titanium dioxide, a common skincare and sunscreen ingredient. Generally it is considered to be safe, because it doesn’t penetrate healthy skin, though, when titanium dioxide is exposed to ultraviolet light, it can exhibit toxic effects. In the Chemical Research in Toxicology study, a variety of forms of titanium dioxide, including anatase and rutile, were tested on pig skin to help design a...

Zo Skin Health Announces New Faculty

ZO Skin Health is pleased to welcome a distinguished group of internationally prized physicians to its world-class multidisciplinary ZO faculty. Comprised of the best in plastic surgery, dermatology and aesthetic medicine, the group of top physicians will serve as ambassadors for the ZO brand. “It has always been our goal to establish a group of well-respected physicians who believe in advancing skincare protocols to generate and maintain healthy skin,” says Obagi. “I’m proud to work with such an accomplished group...

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...

New Rosacea Survey Shows Emotional Toll Of Facial Redness

The emotional impact of rosacea is significant regardless of subtype or severity, according to results of a new survey of 1,675 rosacea patients conducted by the National Rosacea Society . Among survey respondents who suffer from the most common facial redness of subtype one (erythematotelangiectatic) rosacea alone, 82 percent said the condition had a negative impact on their general outlook on life, and that figure rose to 90 percent for those who considered their symptoms moderate to severe. For those...

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...

New Juvederm Voluma XC Receives FDA Approval

Last fall, Allergan, a leader in medical aesthetics, conducted an extensive clinical trial of Juvederm Voluma XC that proved its safety and effectiveness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the filler to temporarily correct age-related volume loss in adults over the age of 21. Juvederm Voluma XC is the first and only filler to gain approval and claims to boost cheeks and overall facial volume with results lasting up to two years. It offers a non-surgical option for...

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