Doctor says range of effective hair-loss treatments on the way

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 13, 2014 in Health

 

At the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Denver there was considerable optimism expressed for those who’d like to reverse their hair-loss. There are multiple manners of treating hair-loss, Dr. Kenneth Washenik said.

Dr. Washenik spoke at the meeting and noted that while there is still work to be done, there is promise in some of the new treatments coming down the “pipeline.”   “The development of new treatments, including drugs and cell-based approaches for hair loss, is at an all-time high,” he said. “We have never had this many provocative treatments in the pipeline.”

The clinical assistant prof at NYU Langone Medical Center and medical director at Bosley Medical, said some treatments will be hybrid in nature, combining drugs, for example, with scalp rejuvenation. For others, the treatment that works best may be medication alone to stimulate hair growth. There has been advances made in many areas, Dr. Washenik and other speakers at the AAD meeting noted.

Some treatments being worked on include cell-based hair follicle regeneration, FDA approved hair treatment drugs and improving hair transplant techniques.

Text messages a new tool in the fight to prevent skin cancer

Australia  Last updated: 6 February 2015 at 2am

Australians’ love affair with mobile phones could save their life according to a joint study using text messages to improve skin cancer prevention and promote sun protection.

Funded by Cancer Australia, the 12-month trial targeted individuals aged between 18 and 42 – an age group in which mobile phone use is almost universal – and the results have just been published in international journal international journal Preventative Medicine.  A Queensland-first, the Healthy Text trial tested the impact and value of SMS-delivered messages promoting sun protection along with skin self-examination for early detection of skin cancer, while a third group received texts encouraging physical activity.

Weekly texts for the first 12 weeks were followed by monthly text messages for another nine months and a final in-depth telephone interview was conducted.  Lead investigator Associate Professor Monika Janda from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said the study involved more than 500 participants and concluded that SMS-delivered intervention was effective, far-reaching, flexible and individualised.

“Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer incidence in the world and melanoma is the most common cancer in those aged 15-44,” Associate Professor Janda said.  “SMS messages are an acceptable and feasible way to reach people, particularly those under 45, with personalised skin cancer prevention texts which take into account a person’s age, skin type, gender and risk factors.”

The text messages reminded recipients to wear sunscreen and sun smart clothing as well as limit their time in the sun between 10am and 4pm. They also asked participants whether they or someone other than a doctor, such as a spouse or partner, had checked any part of their skin for early signs of skin cancer.  “Text messages are conversational in tone and those used for the trial were designed to suggest and reinforce understanding and behavioural skills in relation to skin cancer prevention and early detection of symptoms,” Professor Janda said.  “They are highly effective in promoting personal responsibility and providing positive reinforcement.

“By the end of the 12 months, the self-reported sun protection habits of those who participated in the sun protection and skin self-examination groups showed significant improvement. The proportion conducting any skin self-examination, not specifically of the whole-body, significantly increased in the skin self-examination group from 37 per cent to 63 per cent.

“The final sample concluded that those who participated in the trial were probably more health conscious than the general population of a similar age.  “It was pleasing to see the improvements, and it may be possible to see greater improvements in people who are less health conscious.”  Katie Clift from Cancer Council Queensland said the implications of the trial outcomes were very encouraging.  “Delivering health messages to young Queenslanders to inspire a change of lifestyle can be very challenging,” Ms Clift said.

“It’s exciting to think the use of a simple text message, as seen in this trial, may help to reduce skin cancer risk in the future.  “Around 136,000 Queenslanders are diagnosed with skin cancer every year – around 370 every day. Any effective intervention measures we can use to encourage young people to stay as SunSmart as possible, and to check their own skin regularly, are imperative.”  Ms Janda said the trial demonstrated that in the future a database could be set up for people to subscribe to receive ongoing text messages to trigger greater sun protection awareness, promote skin self-examination for early detection and reduce the rates of skin cancer.  “Many participants in our trial would have liked more regular SMS messages and I think future research could incorporate multimedia messages and the opportunity for individuals to have an input into programs to allow them to control the timing and frequency of the messages,” she said.

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Avec son approche unique et personnelle, Dermatologue Dr. Mark Krasny et son équipe expérimentée s’engagent à aider leurs patients à améliorer leur beauté naturelle en utilisant les traitements les plus avancés dans le domaine de la dermatologie cosmétique.

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