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In humans, melanin is the primary determinant of skin color. It is also found in hair, the pigmented tissue underlying the iris of the eye, and the stria vascularis of the inner ear. In the brain, tissues with melanin include the medulla and zona reticularis of the adrenal gland, and pigment-bearing neurons within areas of the brainstem, such as the locus coeruleus and the substantia nigr
Dermatologists use novel combination therapy to restore skin color in vitiligo patients

Dermatologists use novel combination therapy to restore skin color in vitiligo patients

Children in Middle Eastern countries vulnerable to low vitamin D levels

Children in Middle Eastern countries vulnerable to low vitamin D levels

Brazilian researchers identify genes linked to melanoma progression

Brazilian researchers identify genes linked to melanoma progression

Conventional sunscreens do not block skin damage caused by visible light

Conventional sunscreens do not block skin damage caused by visible light

Study reveals gene linked to metastatic melanoma

Study reveals gene linked to metastatic melanoma

Cornell study reveals how UV radiation triggers melanoma

Cornell study reveals how UV radiation triggers melanoma

Genes that determine skin color studied - new revelations

Genes that determine skin color studied - new revelations

Novel dental imaging technique using food-grade cuttlefish ink developed

Novel dental imaging technique using food-grade cuttlefish ink developed

New photoacoustic imaging technique uses squid ink to examine patient's gum health

New photoacoustic imaging technique uses squid ink to examine patient's gum health

Researchers find mechanism that explains differences in skin’s responsiveness to heat, mechanical stimuli

Researchers find mechanism that explains differences in skin’s responsiveness to heat, mechanical stimuli

Melanomas mostly from from new spots rather than existing ones

Melanomas mostly from from new spots rather than existing ones

Manipulation of single gene defines new pathway to mood disorders

Manipulation of single gene defines new pathway to mood disorders

Study outlines key features linked to amelanotic melanoma

Study outlines key features linked to amelanotic melanoma

Breakthrough study opens door to design of whitening compounds for removing skin discolorations

Breakthrough study opens door to design of whitening compounds for removing skin discolorations

Researchers find molecule that darkens skin without UV exposure and may protect against skin cancer

Researchers find molecule that darkens skin without UV exposure and may protect against skin cancer

Melanoma could affect anyone regardless of skin color

Melanoma could affect anyone regardless of skin color

Photoacoustic imaging technique provides real-time view of small animal's internal functions

Photoacoustic imaging technique provides real-time view of small animal's internal functions

Study suggests ‘synergistic’ link between exercise and vitamin D for better heart health

Study suggests ‘synergistic’ link between exercise and vitamin D for better heart health

Dermatologist shares essential sun safety tips for children

Dermatologist shares essential sun safety tips for children

Researchers track in real-time how melanoma cells move to form tumors

Researchers track in real-time how melanoma cells move to form tumors