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New study reveals how genetic defect may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma

New study reveals how genetic defect may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows how a genetic defect in a specific hormonal pathway may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. [More]
NANOG gene linked to tumours derived from stratified epithelia

NANOG gene linked to tumours derived from stratified epithelia

Scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have discovered that NANOG, an essential gene for embryonic stem cells, also regulates cell division in stratified epithelia-those that form part of the epidermis of the skin or cover the oesophagus or the vagina-in adult organisms. [More]
Molecular mechanisms regulating tumour initiation in skin SCC uncovered

Molecular mechanisms regulating tumour initiation in skin SCC uncovered

Advanced online publication in Nature: Researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles, ULB uncover the molecular mechanisms regulating tumour initiation and cancer stem cells functions in skin squamous cell carcinoma. [More]
Nanogel heals burn wounds faster

Nanogel heals burn wounds faster

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have developed a nanogel that can accelerate the healing of burn wounds to minimize the risk of infection and scarring. The technology is based on IBN’s proprietary self-assembling ultrashort peptide technology, which are short sequences of amino acids. [More]
Corneal nerve fiber assessment has potential to monitor peripheral neuropathy induced by HIV

Corneal nerve fiber assessment has potential to monitor peripheral neuropathy induced by HIV

Corneal nerve fiber assessment has great potential as a tool to diagnose and monitor peripheral neuropathy induced by HIV, say scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. [More]
Study provides insights into why alcohol has negative effect on wound healing

Study provides insights into why alcohol has negative effect on wound healing

People who are injured while binge drinking are much slower to heal from wounds suffered in car accidents, shootings, fires, etc. [More]
Shiseido discovers new function of skin immunity that sedates stimuli response of Langerhans cells

Shiseido discovers new function of skin immunity that sedates stimuli response of Langerhans cells

Shiseido Co., Ltd. has long focused its research on skin immunity as an important means of maintaining skin's health, and protecting it from external and internal stressors that can lead to dermatologic problems. [More]
Sunburn causes melanoma through direct and indirect processes

Sunburn causes melanoma through direct and indirect processes

Melanoma is particularly dangerous because it can form metastases in vital organs such as the lungs, liver or brain. UV radiation is considered to be the most significant triggering factor. [More]
Researchers discover novel treatments for psoriasis that are likely to cause fewer side effects

Researchers discover novel treatments for psoriasis that are likely to cause fewer side effects

​Almost ten years ago, the group led by Erwin Wagner, currently at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), developed genetically modified mice showing symptoms very reminiscent to psoriasis. [More]
NIBIB-funded researchers develop microscopic technique to improve Mohs surgery

NIBIB-funded researchers develop microscopic technique to improve Mohs surgery

A common surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer, known as Mohs surgery typically achieves excellent results but can be a long process, as the surgeon successively removes the area of concern until the surrounding tissue is free of cancer. [More]
New approach for reversing hair loss uses stem cells to regenerate missing hair follicles

New approach for reversing hair loss uses stem cells to regenerate missing hair follicles

If the content of many a situation comedy, not to mention late-night TV advertisements, is to be believed, there's an epidemic of balding men, and an intense desire to fix their follicular deficiencies. [More]
BioTime subsidiary releases version 1.5 of LifeMap Discovery

BioTime subsidiary releases version 1.5 of LifeMap Discovery

LifeMap Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of BioTime, Inc., announced today the release of LifeMap Discovery version 1.5. LifeMap Discovery is a state-of-the-art roadmap of embryonic development and stem cell biology. [More]
KLOX receives CE mark approval in Europe for non-invasive acne vulgaris treatment

KLOX receives CE mark approval in Europe for non-invasive acne vulgaris treatment

KLOX Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received CE mark approval in Europe for its topical photo-converter gel as a Class IIa Medical Device for the treatment of acne vulgaris, including all severities. The gel is part of KLOX's LumiCleanse System, a first-in-class innovative, non-invasive acne vulgaris treatment with a clinically-proven superior safety and efficacy profile. The LumiCleanseTM System was previously approved for the treatment of all severities of acne vulgaris in Canada in September of this year. [More]
Study offers clearer explanation of the role of FOX01 molecule in wound-healing process

Study offers clearer explanation of the role of FOX01 molecule in wound-healing process

Skin provides a first line of defense against viruses, bacteria and parasites that might otherwise make people ill. When an injury breaks that barrier, a systematic chain of molecular signaling launches to close the wound and re-establish the skin's layer of protection. [More]
Researchers explore the origin of sweat gland stem cells

Researchers explore the origin of sweat gland stem cells

Without sweat, we would overheat and die. In a recent paper in the journal PLOS ONE, USC faculty member Krzysztof Kobielak and a team of researchers explored the ultimate origin of this sticky, stinky but vital substance - sweat gland stem cells. [More]
CUMC develops new technique that uses patient's own cells to grow new hair

CUMC develops new technique that uses patient's own cells to grow new hair

​Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have devised a hair restoration method that can generate new human hair growth, rather than simply redistribute hair from one part of the scalp to another. [More]
Study shows narrow-spectrum UV light reduces surgical infections without damaging tissue

Study shows narrow-spectrum UV light reduces surgical infections without damaging tissue

Despite major efforts to keep operating rooms sterile, surgical wound infections remain a serious and stubborn problem, killing up to 8,200 patients a year in the U.S. A study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers suggests that narrow-spectrum ultraviolet (UV) light could dramatically reduce such infections without damaging human tissue. [More]
Klox Biophotonic System gets approval in Canada for treatment of acne vulgaris

Klox Biophotonic System gets approval in Canada for treatment of acne vulgaris

KLOX Technologies Inc. announces the approval in Canada of the Klox Biophotonic System (also known as the Lumigel Cleanse System) for the treatment of acne vulgaris after receiving this week a Medical Device License from the Therapeutic Products Directorate - Medical Devices Bureau of Health Canada [More]
TSRI scientists discover process by which special immune cells in skin help heal wounds

TSRI scientists discover process by which special immune cells in skin help heal wounds

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered an important process by which special immune cells in the skin help heal wounds. They found that these skin-resident immune cells function as "first responders" to skin injuries in part by producing the molecule known as interleukin-17A (IL-17A), which wards off infection and promotes wound healing. [More]
T-rays are ideal for detecting early signs of melanoma

T-rays are ideal for detecting early signs of melanoma

The technology that peeks underneath clothing at airport security screening check points has great potential for looking underneath human skin to diagnose cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages, a scientist said here today. [More]