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Some medical practices are asking for appointment down payments… In a Washington Post article, health writer Fran Kritz reports that some medical practices are asking for “down payments.” While “no one tracks the number of physician practices that require down payments…calls … Continue reading

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The Effects of Chronic Periodontitis and Its Treatment on the Subsequent Risk of Psoriasis






Keywords: chronic periodontitis; psoriasis; autoimmune Abstract Background:  Although psoriasis and chronic periodontitis (CP) may share an underlying immune dysregulation as part of their pathologies, only one small-scaled cross-sectional pilot study has investigated the potential association between CP and psoriasis to date. … Continue reading

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National Skin Cancer Action Week 15-21 November 2015






Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week. With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the week is a time when we remind Australians … Continue reading

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Long-term antibiotic acne treatment unlikely to cause bacterial resistance






Concerns about whether significant bacterial resistance could be caused by long-term acne treatment with antibiotics may be unfounded, suggest study results. David Margolis (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA) and colleagues found that use of these antibiotics by … Continue reading

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An itchy lumpy rash…






  This is known as lichen planus, a very itchy inflammatory (as in non-cancerous, not infectious) condition. The cause is unknown most of the time but it could be due to allergy to some medications. It is most commonly located … Continue reading

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Childhood eczema predicts adult asthma…






Children with eczema are at increased risk for developing allergic asthma as adults, particularly if they also suffer from hayfever, a study has found. The results show that children with both eczema and hayfever are nine times more likely to … Continue reading

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BUT not all melanomas are irregular in shape and colour… (Take some helpful selfies !)






An early melanoma may be perfectly circular, uniformly black in colour and only a few mm  wide. Just a BLACK DOT ! That’s why you should check your skin at least monthly to look for “NEW” spots. Take some “selfies” … Continue reading

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First melanoma this week…






What does a melanoma look like ? What you should watch out for ? Irregular shape (not round or oval) Irregular colour (different shades of brown or red)

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Does Elidel (a form of non-steroidal cream) for eczema cause cancer in children ?






A lot of parents of children with eczema (atopic dermatitis) have steroid-phobia (so are some Chemists and Doctors, dare I say)  and would avoid using topical steroid at any cost (including their children’s un-necessary suffering). Elide creaml is marketed as an … Continue reading

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Viagra and the risk of melanoma






From the Dermatologist’s forum : “Just wondering what you tell patients about the melanoma risk with Viagra use? I’ve had 2 patients in the last week asking about it. The study was quite a decent prospective one but still the … Continue reading

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