If you’ve been recently diagnosed with skin cancer, you might have a lot of questions on your mind. What’s the best way to get rid of skin cancer? What if the cancerous mole or lesion is on your face? Is there a way to get rid of the cancer without undergoing chemotherapy or another invasive [...]
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes painful and inflamed flaky patches of skin; in most cases, these patches can be extremely itchy. While eczema is most common in young children, about three million adults suffer from the condition. It’s far more than a skin issue, as people with eczema can often feel embarrassed [...]
Did you know? More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells brought on by prolonged UV-exposure either from the sun or artificially through tanning beds. The disease can quickly travel through the bloodstream to vital internal organs [...]
Gorgeous glowing skin. It’s the hallmark of youth and vitality. But, as we get older, our skin begins to lose elasticity, fine lines turn into wrinkles, and sun-damaged skin becomes all too familiar. The good news is, there’s a revolutionary non-surgical solution for men and women seeking to reverse mild to moderate [...]
Summer is just around the corner, and you can’t wait to make the most of the warm sunshine. But before you book that vacation down at the shore, consider this: Do you know how you’re going to keep your skin protected from skin cancer this summer? Part of keeping your skin protected means identifying [...]
You’re totally ready for the summer season; after all, this past winter has felt like it’s lasted forever! But before you don that bikini or book that trip to the Shore, consider this: Is your skin as ready for the summer as you are? Skin tends to become dull and dry during the winter (blame [...]
If you haven’t heard of the HydraFacial before, then it’s time to meet your new favorite skincare treatment! The HydraFacial is an innovative non-surgical treatment that uses a multi-step system to clear away dead skin, remove impurities, and reinvigorate cellular turnover. Most HydraFacial treatments - yes, they’re customizable! - use the following [...]
Living with psoriasis can have a negative impact on every aspect of your life. The chronic disease leaves many men and women self-conscious about the dry, scaly patches that seemingly appear randomly. But, the persistent immune disorder doesn’t have to define you. There is hope. We understand the challenges associated with the itchy, sometimes painful [...]
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Yet, many Americans still aren’t aware of just how important it is to detect the deadly disease early on. Even in otherwise healthy adults, skin cancer can spread quickly via the bloodstream to vital internal organs. Skin cancer [...]
Wrinkles and brown spots caused by genetics, sun damage, or lifestyle habits can add years to our facial appearance. Whatever your age, there’s a way to feel as young on the outside as you do on the inside. You may not be able to drink from the fountain of youth, but there’s something almost [...]
Here at Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting, patient care is our number one priority. We offer the best treatment options available to suit your individual needs. We take the time to understand your circumstances during the initial consultation so we can help you achieve your short and long-term goals. With the latest technology available [...]
Scars can be an uncomfortable part of your life. Thanks to modern medicine, however, you don’t necessarily have to live with them. Whether you’ve got facial scars from acne, sun exposure, or other skin damage, there are several treatment options available. Say goodbye to scars and hello to a younger, more radiant, skin tone [...]
There’s no better time than the present to take your skin care to whole new levels. It seems like this time of year, there’s always a new social event around the corner. Unfortunately, winter also brings dry, lackluster skin. But we’re here to help. Show up to your next social gathering with fresh, glowing [...]
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is an advanced, microsurgical technique that is widely accepted as the most accurate treatment for skin cancer. It is typically recommended for the treatment of the most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but it can also be successful in the treatment of the more aggressive [...]
Over time, the natural volume in our cheeks decreases, leaving skin looking sunken and saggy. While other areas of the face also play a role, loss of volume in the cheeks is a major sign of aging as it exaggerates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have noticed less volume in [...]
Psoriasis is a persistent and often debilitating skin condition that causes inflamed, red scaly patches of skin on various parts of the body. Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, elbows, knees, face, lower back, groin, arms, and legs, and it is estimated that two out of every 100 people in the United States [...]
Submental fullness under the chin, also known as a double chin, affects males and females of any age, and is typically resistant to any sort of diet or exercise, leaving the facial profile unbalanced and weighed down. There is a new treatment on the market, however, that reduces the appearance of a double chin [...]
The number on the bottle isn't always accurate: Of the 58 lotions, sprays and sticks rated by Consumer Reports this year, 20 of them tested at less than half of the SPF listed on their label. For example, one sunscreen they tested was labeled SPF 30, but the UVB protection it actually provided was between 10 and 19. [...]
There are two treatment options available that can help to treat sagging skin and tighten up your appearance. Whether your loose skin is simply from aging or from significant weight loss, tighter skin can be achieved without invasive cosmetic surgery. Our trained physicians can work with you to create an ideal treatment plan for you [...]
Over the years, repeated exposure to the sun can cause multiple types of skin conditions and discolorations, including fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. While it is important to get these spots checked out regularly to ensure they are not dangerous, there are many options for treating non-cancerous spots. Some of the most popular treatments for [...]
Fractional skin resurfacing is a type of laser treatment designed to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, shrink pores, balance uneven skin tone, and reduce scars from hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and acne. The Sciton Halo is a new and innovative laser skin treatment option that utilizes both an ablative laser and non-ablative laser treatment to [...]
The cosmetic industry offers a variety of options to help reduce signs of aging and one of the most common signs of aging that people are working to combat are wrinkles. With so many options to consider, from topicals to face lifts, it can be hard to know what is best for you. Two of [...]
Work published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicated that “men who used the erectile-function drug sildenafil (Viagra) had almost twice the risk of melanoma compared with men who never used the” medication. Researchers found that “recent sildenafil use was associated with an 84% greater risk of melanoma.” However, “use of the drug had no association with [...]
Researchers have found that “white women who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma,” as well as “a 68 percent greater risk for two other forms of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.” According to HealthDay, [...]
JAMA Dermatology indicates that more people are using tanning beds than previously believed. Researchers found that “more than 35% of American adults report ever using a tanning bed, along with 59% of college students and 17% of teens in the analysis.” Additionally, “the percentage of Americans who have used a tanning bed in the past [...]
A number of media outlets report on the results of a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which found increasing rates of girls using tanning beds, putting themselves at risk for skin cancer. A report from the American Medical Association has found that approximately “29% of white high school girls use [...]
“According to the American Academy of Dermatology, resting your face on the pillow the same way every night for years on end leads to wrinkles. Called sleep lines or sleep wrinkles, they eventually become etched onto the surface of the skin, says the Academy, and no longer disappear when the head is not resting on [...]
According to a research letter published online in JAMA Dermatology, one in every seven individuals who had used tanning beds before receiving a basal cell carcinoma diagnosis return to indoor tanning. Researchers came to this conclusion after surveying 178 basal cell carcinoma patients who had used indoor tanning prior to their diagnosis.
You should choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors, and choosing a water-resistant product. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours. People wear broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses that provide protection against UVA/UVB rays to protect their head and [...]
“The FDA introduced new labeling requirements in 2011, which went into effect last June for most sunscreen products. While the labeling requirements “are a stride forward, the two main problems – not putting enough sunscreen on and not reapplying frequently enough.
Research published “in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology noted that skin cancer in the United States occurs on the left side of the body 53 percent of the time.” Meanwhile, “that percentage holds true almost identically for the right side of people in Europe and Australia, where the driver’s seat is on [...]
The Food and Drug Administration cautioned that some sunscreen sprays “could be flammable.” The FDA “says five people have been burned while wearing Banana Boat sunscreen sprays,” all of which have now been “recalled, but other sunscreen sprays and possibly non-spray sunscreens may also contain flammable ingredients.” According to the agency, the “reports of people [...]
University of Pennsylvania researchers have found that psoriasis “sufferers may be at a higher risk for other serious diseases affecting vital organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys.” The piece notes that “the new study involved more than 9,000 people with psoriasis,” and researchers “found psoriasis raised risk for all sorts of diseases, including chronic [...]
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“The highly processed, high sugar, high simple, white carbs that we load our grocery baskets with are destroying our cells. ‘Can we impact the way our skin ages with nutrition? Physicians now see that too much of those high glycemic foods are not only linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, colon and breast cancers, but [...]
Men with prostate cancer may face an increased risk for developing melanoma. Researchers analyzed two data sets from other projects to find the relationship between the two cancers. Both studies focused on healthcare providers, with one involving 42,400 white men aged between 40 and 75 and the other studying 18,600 physicians. The team “also observed [...]
Current methods for treating baldness do not stimulate the growth of new hair. Hair transplants simply take hair from one part of the head and put it in another place. Investigators “took papilla stem cells from seven men who were undergoing hair transplants, cultured them and then injected them into human skin grafted onto mice.” [...]
Patients with diabetes who have “high blood sugar levels are at increased risk for surgical wound-related complications after having surgery to close chronic skin ulcers caused by diabetes.” The research, which included nearly 80 patients, “found that the risk of serious wound complications was more than three times higher among those with high blood sugar [...]
Many patients with melanoma are not cautious about their exposure to UV radiation. Investigators “looked at 20 patients with malignant melanoma...and a comparison group of 20 people without melanoma, all of whom carried portable UV-dose-detection devices and kept sun exposure diaries to measure their exposure to UV radiation.” The researchers found that “patients’ overall daily [...]
Lyme disease is on the move and the CDC now reports that ten times as many people are being infected as previously thought. The previous estimate was 30,000 cases per year, but the CDC now estimates that there are approximately “300,000 cases of Lyme Disease every year.” Nearly all those 300,000 cases are in the [...]
Skin cancer “is becoming increasingly common, especially among young women.” Recent research “by the Mayo Clinic found that melanoma, the most serious type, had increased eightfold for women under 40 since 1970.”
As much as 90 percent of skin aging is caused by sun exposure.” Research “published by the Annals of Internal Medicine found people who used sunscreen regularly were 24 percent less likely to show increased signs of aging.” To avoid damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, “the American Academy of Dermatology recommends you use [...]
Newer sunscreen ingredients that have allegedly “languished for years in the bureaucracy” of the FDA. The president of the Melanoma Research Alliance, “the largest private funder of melanoma research,” have “joined forces to make a public push” for the agency to approve “at least some of the backlogged applications.” “American beach goers will have to [...]
Sports such as running, tennis and golf can lead to extended periods of time outdoors. Unfortunately, sun exposure can lead to progressive skin damage that leads to cancer. If you are going to spend a lot of time outdoors playing, you need to wear sunscreen, which protects your skin by absorbing or reflecting the sun's [...]
Sports such as running, tennis and golf can lead to extended periods of time outdoors. Unfortunately, sun exposure can lead to progressive skin damage that leads to cancer. If you are going to spend a lot of time outdoors playing, you need to wear sunscreen, which protects your skin by absorbing or reflecting the sun's [...]
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology noted that skin cancer in the United States occurs on the left side of the body 53 percent of the time.” Meanwhile, “that percentage holds true almost identically for the right side of people in Europe and Australia, where the driver’s seat is on the right side [...]
Federal regulators are asking makers of antibacterial soaps“to prove they are not only better but also that they are safe.” Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the FDA’s Office of New Drugs, says, “We have no evidence that presence of the anti-bacterial ingredients in these soaps and body washes actually prevent the spread of infection.”Authorities are [...]
Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting will be opening late on Monday March 3, 2014 due to the forecast of inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our patients and staff is our primary concern. In the event of emergency please call (610) 828-0400. We will open on Monday [...]
According to a study published Jan. 12 in Pediatrics, “baby wipes may cause some kids to develop itchy, scaly, red rashes.” Investigators reported on case studies of six youngsters who were seen atthe University of Connecticut Health Center who were treated for rashes. Researchers found that “methylisothiazolinone (MI) that’s found in baby wipes and other [...]
Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting will be closed on Thursday February 13, 2014 due to the forecast of inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our patients and staff is our primary concern. In the event of emergency please call (610) 828-0400. We will re-open on Friday February [...]
Vitamin D supplements may not impart “significant benefits for heart health, cancer prevention or even bone health in healthy people,” citing a new review of previous studies from researchers in New Zealand. The report “is the latest to question” the popularity of such supplements “and to suggest researchers should stop spending time and money trying [...]
Caring for your skin in the winter
According to a study published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, tanning “salons are still providing false information about the harmful effects of tanning.” The study found that “more than 60 percent of the salons contacted denied any danger from the ultraviolet exposure from tanning and made unlawful claims of specific [...]
Sun protection may not be the first thing on your mind once the thermometer drops, but shielding your skin from UV during the coldest months will pay dividends year round. When it’s Windy….. A moisturizing sunscreen can treat dry, chapped skin while it protects against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Try to avoid preparations with [...]
A rising fad of replacing traditional nail polish with quick-hardening gel may result in skin cancer, due to the UV light needed to cure the gel. Another concern is that no one knows what the proper dose of these harmful rays is because the UV lamps are not regulated. Research published in JAMA Dermatology said [...]
Almost a third of people with tattoos regretted the decision to get body art, particularly men who obtained tattoos at a young age, a survey of more than 500 tattoo owners showed. Research presented during a poster session at the American Academy of Dermatology's annual meeting revealed that "overall, 31% of survey respondents expressed regret [...]
Dear Dr. Wolfe, Congratulations! You have been recognized as a Patients Choice physician. The Patients Choice award is bestowed upon physicians based on your patients appreciation and praise for the quality of care and service you provide. Every month, more than 200,000 patients across the U.S. provide online feedback about their doctor experiences. They rate [...]
More than a quarter of people who have had melanoma say they never use sunscreen. The researchers found that "even greater numbers eschew hats and long sleeves, and 2% admit they have used a tanning bed in the last year." Overall, skin cancer survivors were more cautious when it came to sun care. They were [...]
Psoriasis is significantly linked to increased serum vitamin A and alpha-carotene levels, as well as reduced sugar intake, according to research published this past. Researchers arrived at that conclusion after having "examined data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In explaining the connection between reduced sugar intake and psoriasis, the study authors [...]
Scientists say regular doses of aspirin may lower the risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma in some women. Using questionnaires an observational study followed 60,000 Caucasian women ages 50 to 79. Participants were put in three groups. Those who took aspirin only; those who took non-aspirin NSAIDS like ibuprofen or naproxen; and [...]
Tattoos have become increasingly popular in the United States in recent years, but along with that comes a rise in problems such as allergic reactions and infections. Allergic reaction to the tattoo pigments is one of the most common problems associated with tattooing. Infections also can pose a serious threat to health. In addition, tattoos [...]
A new study reveals people who developed non-melanoma skin cancer were 80 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. "When cell division gets out of control, we call that cancer. And when specific populations of brain cells die, we call that Alzheimer's. If you have an individual with an increased risk of cell division over [...]
Women may want to wash their hands after putting them in their purse. Researchers “swabbed handbags to find the dirtiest parts,” and “twenty percent of handbags swabbed had levels of bacteria-related contamination which could potentially cross-contaminate other surfaces – and contained more germs than the average toilet flush.” It’s highly unlikely someone would get sick [...]
The AP reported that as consumers head to the “beach this summer,” they will find more effective sunscreens with product labels that are easier to understand thanks to new Food and Drug Administration rules, which prohibit “misleading” terms such as “waterproof” and require the products to “filter out both ultraviolet A and B rays.” However, [...]
I've been seeing Dr. Wolfe for the past 3-years and am extremely satisfied. He came highly recommended by a colleague (teacher). I have since recommended him to a number of others (friends and family). All are satisfied; some come from as far away as Lower Bucks. Personally, he is a very likable person. Professionally, your [...]
Great doctors. This practice is very professional. My husband has been under Dr. Wolfe's care for about a year and half now. He has been going through mole removals. They were quick to catch one of them that could have turned cancerous and when the pathology report came back were quick to call and my [...]
Although most types of cancers are declining, melanoma rates have been climbing in the United States over the last 20 years, mainly among older men and young, fair-skinned women. Many dermatologists associate the popularity of indoor tanning with the rise in skin cancers, particularly among young people. Tanning beds are directly related to risk.”
Just when young adult women think they are past their acne-prone years, some find that pimples and blackheads continue to plague them well beyond college.” In fact, “according to research by the American Academy of Dermatology, women can sometimes continue with acne well into their 30s, 40s and even 50s, and some who thought they [...]
“Regular sunscreen use helps keep skin looking younger longer,” according to a study published online June 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study involved 900 white people ages 25 to 55 in Australia, where intense sun exposure is a fact of life. Most had fair skin, and nearly all burned in the sun. [...]
According to research published in JAMA Dermatology, “white male teens and young adults are more likely to die of melanoma skin cancer than their female counterparts. After adjustment for tumor thickness, histologic subtype, presence and extent of metastasis, and anatomical location, young men were significantly more likely to die than young females. The data indicated [...]
Put sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes before you head out into the sun. Most creams take more than 30 seconds to rub in. For lotions, use at least 2 to 3 tablespoons to cover your body. For sprays, apply as much as can be rubbed in, and then repeat. Reapply all sunscreen, regardless of [...]
BBC News reported on research designed to find out if chocolate exacerbates acne. Samantha Block, of the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, conducted several studies to determine just that. The first study, which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, involved "10 male volunteers between the ages of 18 [...]
Research linking baldness in men to an increased risk of heart disease received moderate coverage. Most sources pointed out that the risk was greater among men who had lost more hair. Most articles also pointed out, however, that the researchers could not explain the mechanism behind the link. NBC Nightly News (4/3, story) reported that [...]
Research indicating some melanoma survivors may not be taking steps to protect themselves from sun exposure received a substantial amount of coverage. Many of the reports focus on the findings that about a quarter of these individuals eschew sunscreen, and some even continue to use tanning beds. NBC Nightly News (4/8, story 9, 0:30, Williams) [...]
ABC World News reported on how hand sanitizers compare with soap. In the broadcast, Dr. Richard Besser said that he and six grad students tested the effectiveness of hand sanitizers at the University of Maryland food safety lab. Besser and the students found that the hand sanitizer containing 60% alcohol was more effective than the [...]
Research linking fast food consumption to certain health problems in children and teenagers received a significant amount of coverage, mostly online. Many sources point to the finding as yet another potential problem associated with high amounts of fast food consumed by American youth. Bloomberg News reports, "Eating fast food three or more times a week [...]
Medwire reported that according to a study published in the journal Allergy, supplementing pregnant women with vitamin D may increase their children's risk for developing food allergy in infancy. After examining "levels of vitamin D in the blood of 378 women during pregnancy and in the cord blood of their babies at birth, researchers "found [...]
Though many patients find that certain diets help clear their skin, or that certain foods aggravate it, no studies have established a definitive link between nutrition and psoriasis. There’s no ‘Psoriasis Diet,’ but people with psoriasis should try to eat a healthy diet. We do know that people who are obese are at increased risk [...]
Women using skincare products containing Retinol should be cautious when it comes to waxing. Retinol, "a common ingredient in both over the counter and prescription anti-aging and acne topical creams," has the effect of making "skin cells less likely to stick together." Then, because the skin cells don't stick together as tightly as they normally [...]
A a study published in JAMA Dermatology counters the notion that the prescription acne drug Accutane [isotretinoin] raises the risk of Crohn's disease or colitis in women. In fact, the study of more than 45,000 women found no such link between Accutane...use and these illnesses, which are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Investigators [...]
Conventional criteria for diagnosing melanoma may not be accurate in children and adolescents, suggest results published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The "checklist of symptoms known as ABCDE - Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variegation, Diameter (>6 mm), Evolution (any morphologic or symptomatic change in the lesion) - are commonly used to [...]
Researchers found that tanning facilities typically provide inconsistent information about indoor tanning risks. Some salons may let children as young at ten tan. The FDA provides some safety guidelines for indoor tanning, but these are not enforced unless a state passes its own regulations, said researchers. Dr. Brundha Balaraman, leader of the new study at [...]
A study published in the March edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reviewed 27 scholarly articles that looked for links between diet and acne. The authors said a growing body of evidence suggests a relationship. Study author Jennifer Burris, a dietician, "said researchers plan to conduct some randomized, controlled trials [...]
Smartphone apps are inching onto the turf of doctors and medical-device makers, promising to measure heart rates, display X-ray images and detect skin cancer—and prompting concerns about how well they work and whether consumers may rely on their smartphones and skip seeing a doctor. The accuracy of such apps can vary significantly. Researchers at the [...]
The Daily Telegraph (UK) reports, "Experts have found that the risk of skin cancer from sunbeds is more than double that of spending the same length of time in the Mediterranean midday summer sun and most exceed safety standards." Investigators "tested levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from 400 sunbeds in England and found that nine [...]
Medscape reports, "Most patients without acute conditions see their physicians not because of diabetes, heart disease, or cancer but because of skin problems, joint disorders, and back pain, according to an article published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings." Investigators came to this conclusion after analyzing "the medical records of residents of Olmstead [...]
Dermatologists Blast Campaign Promoting Benefits Of Sunbed Use-sounds like the 1980’s and Cigarettes?
Dermatologists have slammed a new campaign by the tanning industry, that promotes the health benefits of sunbed use." According to the article, "the American Suntanning Association, which launched last month, downplays the relationship between skin cancer and UV radiation and suggests that indoor tanning could even help solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic." However, the [...]
A a new study published online January 12, 2013 in Hepatology found a link between hepatitis C and tattoos. Researchers found that those with the virus were nearly four times more likely to have a tattoo. Researchers asked nearly 2,000 people about their hepatitis status and body art at outpatient clinics in New York between [...]
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun is divided unto UVC, UVB and UVA. UVC is filtered by the ozone in the stratosphere, therefore it does not reach the earth's surface. The amount of UVB and UVA reaching the surface is affected by altitude, latitude, season, time of day, cloudiness and ozone layer. On the earths [...]
USA Today discusses photokeratitis, also known as snow blindness, a condition that "happens when intense ultraviolet (UV) light, often reflected off water, sand or snow, burns the cornea, the transparent dome-shaped window covering the front of the eye. It's also a hazard in tanning booths." Recovery takes about two or three days. Wearing sunglasses that [...]
Dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin — leaving it dry, itchy, and irritated; but there are many simple ways to combat dry skin and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all winter long. Here are a few ways to get started 1. Invest in a humidifier. Using a humidifier in [...]
HealthDay reports that according to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, "UV lamps used at nail salons do not appear to significantly increase the risk of skin cancer." WebMD reports that "even if used weekly for 250 years," the lamps are not likely to cause skin cancer. Researchers arrived at this conclusion [...]
In print and in its "Well" blog, the New York Times reports that "Dr. David Bailey, a Canadian researcher," who, 20 years ago, described a life-threatening interaction that occurred after a patient taking "verapamil" consumed too much grapefruit juice, has released an "updated list of 85 medications "affected by grapefruit." They include standard "cholesterol-lowering drugs, [...]
A study in mice suggests that those among us with ginger hair and fair complexions face an elevated risk of" skin cancer "even when covered up." The research, "published online in the journal Nature, suggests that the same reddish-yellow pigment that gives rise to rusty locks and an inability to tan is itself a potential [...]
A new video that instructs people how to do a self-examination for skin cancer has been released by the American Academy of Dermatology." In a news release from the AAD, the Academy stated that "Examining your skin only takes a few minutes, but it could save your life. Catching skin cancer early is key for [...]
"The Chart" blog reports that one of the effects of global climate change may be an increase in pollen in the air, according to an ongoing study at Rutgers University. According to Dr. Leonard Bielory, pollen counts are predicted to be "more than double" their current amounts by 2040. In addition to increased pollen counts, [...]
Patients who have had an adverse drug reaction in the past, or who have a history of atopy, including asthma, eczema, or allergic rhinitis, might be at increased risk for more severe adverse drug reactions, according to a study presented...at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting. Investigators came to [...]
Cures for diabetes, heart failure, and even baldness are being developed by San Diego companies; the last two already being tested in patients. Although "these treatments are still experimental -- success is far from certain -- they provide a preliminary indication that regenerative medicine is on the road to becoming a new growth area for [...]
"Scientists say they have created a touch-sensitive plastic 'skin' that can heal itself when torn or cut," according to research published Nov. 11 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. "The Stanford University team tested the healing ability of the synthetic skin by cutting a piece of it in half with a scalpel. They then gently pressed [...]
A 'whole swathe' of modern medicine is under threat from increasing resistance to antibiotics fuelled by the overuse of the drug. "Intensive care, organ transplant surgery and cancer treatment rely heavily on antibiotics to treat infections in extremely vulnerable patient. This "problem is being driven by the over-use of antibiotics in Britain and patients coming [...]
"Evidence suggests that patients with vitiligo have a reduced risk for both melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Dermatology. After surveying 1,307 vitiligo patients and 788 without vitiligo, researchers found that "seven people in the vitiligo group and 12 in the control group had a [...]
"Children who have the skin condition psoriasis are about twice as likely to be either overweight or obese as kids without the skin problem, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Archives of Dermatology. The study of 614 youngsters ranging in age from five to 17, 409 of which had psoriasis, also [...]
Chances are good that at some point you've put toothpaste on a pimple in an attempt to obliterate the thing. While it's a pinch-hitter for drying out skin when legit acne spot treatments aren't handy, how truly effective is this method "Toothpaste contains certain ingredients -- baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosan [...]
At least 170,000 cases of skin cancer each year are linked to indoor tanning, according to an analysis published online in the British medical journal BMJ. These cancers include basal-cell carcinomas and squamous-cell carcinomas. The use of tanning beds was associated with a 67 percent increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 29 percent [...]
According to a review of 27 studies published online Oct. 15 in the Archives of Dermatology, people who have psoriasis may also have a 59% increased likelihood of developing diabetes than people who do not suffer from the skin condition. The review's authors theorized that psoriasis causes an inflammation which may heighten the risk for [...]
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Patients with psoriasis are more than 50% more likely than patients without psoriasis to have at least one other autoimmune disease and are nearly twice as likely to have at least two other autoimmune diseases," according to a study published in the November print issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Researchers [...]
Finding a fistful of hair on the floor of your shower or on your pillow in the morning can create the kind of panic you feel deep in the pit of your stomach. Some 40 percent of men will have noticeable loss by the time they are 35, while 65 percent of women will experience [...]
An outbreak of infected tattoos has led to an unlikely source: the ink. Now with the growing popularity of tattoos, health officials say they are seeing more cases of a nasty skin infection caused by a common bacteria traced to the ink. According to the a Rochester New York Newspaper, a 20-year-old man with a [...]
A study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, revealed that the use of soap-and-water body wipes, along with showering after competitions, helped decrease the number of skin infections found in high-school wrestlers. Researchers came to this conclusion after following 151 high-school wrestlers from Minnesota during two months in 2010. The soap-and-water wipes were [...]
Psoriasis may raise the risk of diabetes, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology's annual meeting. The risk appears to be greatest among patients with severe psoriasis the study found. Compared with the general population, patients with mild psoriasis had a 49% increased risk of developing diabetes, and individuals with severe [...]
Sunscreen labels for products sold in the US will change. The Food and Drug Administration is requiring manufacturers to disclose whether products protect against two classes of ultraviolet rays -- UVA and UVB -- and whether they reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging or just sunburn alone. What’s more, manufacturers will [...]
"Sunscreen lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) value of 70 or above provide better protection than those with an SPF of 30 or 50, even when under-applied," according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. In 65 participants, "at applications of 0.5 mg/cm2, the average SPF for labeled [...]
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Due to the threat of severe weather, Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting will be closing at 3pm on Monday and remain closed Tuesday October 30, 2012. The safety and well being of our patients and our staff is our primary concern. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you!
Among the select few physicians honored with the prestigious Patients' Choice Award this year is Dr. Jonathan Wolfe. In fact, of the nation's 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent consistently received top scores from their patients on sites like Vitals (http://www.vitals.com), qualifying them for this honor in 2012. Millions of patients go online [...]
A considerable portion of the research on baldness prevention is now honing in on the role of vitamin D in hair growth. A receptor to which the vitamin binds is responsible for activating hair growth. In a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, researchers reported that a molecule called [...]
The FDA warned L'Oréal's Lancôme USA subsidiary that its online ads falsely promotes anti-wrinkle products as having medical benefits. Quoting from the Warning Letter, the Journal notes that FDA particularly objected to Lancôme's claim that one of the anti-aging products "boosts the activity of genes and stimulates the production of youth proteins." The AP adds [...]
There is a firm association between low levels of vitamin D and higher rates of ischemic heart disease, MI, and early death, according to the largest epidemiological study to date to examine this issue. Investigators found that "those with the lowest levels of vitamin D had a 40% increased risk of ischemic heart disease, a [...]
The Time (8/10, Sifferlin) "Healthland" blog reported that a new disposable wristband may "protect wearers from sunburn and skin-cancer risk by alerting them when to head into the shade." Specifically, "the new device lets people know when they're nearing their limit of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure by changing color from yellow to pink as the [...]
ABC World News (8/15, story 9, 0:25, Sawyer) reported, "There is a big announcement tonight from Johnson & Johnson. The company says it will change the ingredients in all its cosmetics, creams and baby items to guarantee they no longer contain even trace amounts of chemicals that could be linked to cancer. The company's been [...]
UV protection for the eyes may be just as important as that sunscreen you use on your face and other parts of the body for protection. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the sun can damage the eyes just as it can damage the skin. When the eyes are left unprotected, the sun can [...]
The UK's Telegraph (8/20, Adams) reports, "Scientists have found a single enzyme has a major role to play in male-pattern baldness," according to research published earlier this year in the journal Science Translational Medicine. In 17 men with thinning hair, researchers screened 250 genes that could play a role in hair loss and found that [...]
MedWire reported that according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, "women with eczema or asthma were more likely to pass these conditions on to their daughters than sons. Conversely, men with eczema or asthma were more likely to pass them on to their sons than [...]
Patients' performance of skin self-exams improved significantly after a three-month program of computerized patient education, skin exam tutorials, and electronic reminders, according to a study published online in the Archives of Dermatology. In a 227-patient study, "as compared with a control group, patients randomized to the intervention were more than twice as likely to perform [...]
As more data point to protection against melanoma and NMSC, clinical implications are still limited.
New data suggest that the rate of melanoma among individuals age 18 to 39 is on the increase, with poor UV protection strategies implicated. Click to read Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting will be the sole provider of dermatologic care at the new Einstein –Montgomery Medical Complex opening in late September, 2012. In October, Dermatology Associates will be opening a 1500 square foot satellite office in the medical complex. Creating a skin cancer consortium with the Departments of Surgery, Radiology and Oncology, [...]
Health Day (5/18) reports that a study published online in the Journal Environmental Science & Technology "links chemicals found in certain sunscreens to a higher risk of endometriosis." After examining "urine from 625 women from California and Utah," researchers found that "those diagnosed with endometriosis were more likely to have the highest levels of" benzophenone-type [...]
The AP (5/11) reported that the Food and Drug Administration "is bowing to industry requests for more time to make clear how much protection" sunscreens "really offer," in large part because manufacturers complained they couldn't meet a June deadline to revise containers to show whether they protect against ultraviolet B rays and "the deeper-penetrating ultraviolet [...]
Dr. Matthew Bremmer joined DAOPM in mid-July after completing his training at the University of Maryland, Dr. Bremmer and his wife, a Veterinarian, have relocated to the Philadelphia area. A native of the West coast, Dr. Bremmer’s interests are in general medical dermatology.
ABC World News (7/19) reported, "Skin cancer is the single most common cancer in the United States. ABC's Jim Avila informed the audience about all these new products promising to protect your family from the sun. Do they?" Avila explained that there is "a whole new category of expensive protection: sunscreen clothes, chemically treated to [...]
NEW OFFICE! Now Accepting Appointments! Einstein-Medical Center Montgomery Medical Arts Building 609 W. Germantown Pike #200, East, Norriton, PA 19403 P (610) 828-0400 F (610) 828-3869 Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting will be the sole provider of dermatological care at the new Einstein-Montgomery Hospital opening in September 2012. As part of a greater than 300 [...]
MSNBC /MyHealthNewsDaily (6/20, Rowan) reports that, according to a research letter published June 18 in the Archives of Dermatology, adolescents and young adults perceive "health risks everywhere around them, so tanning beds don't stand out as a particular danger." After surveying 600 college students, researchers "found that, of those who said they'd ever used a [...]
Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting recommends using conditioners with cyclomethicone or dimethicone, or even olive oil or coconut oil, in the hair before swimming, and rinsing hair thoroughly afterwards. Vinegar, lemon juice and even tomato juice will help remove the green tint from swimming-pool hair. We also recommend that people wear hats once outside of [...]
Dr. Jonathan Wolfe and Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting thank you for voting him one of the BEST dermatologists in Montgomery County 2012!
A new study offers data to show that general skin cancer screenings by dermatologists and properly trained physicians can reduce morbidity and mortality. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
If you have moles, or if you know someone with moles-please watch this video. It educates you in way that drives home the need for team work when dealing with the melanoma problem-look at your self-and if you see anything strange--call us, leave a message, email us.....we will see you. Nothing is silly. Contact Us [...]
Congrats on being named 'one of the best' but I knew this before.
My face never looked better. Thanks for changing my life.
I couldn't believe how the blood vessels and moles disappeared after the laser treatment. It has never looked better.
The new rooms look great and are very clean. That combined with the services provided by your staff just proves to me that I am in the right place.
I was truly amazed at how the staff at Dermatology Associates pulled together to help me through a difficult time
The Los Angeles Times reports that "kids are bad about using sunscreen consistently," according to a study published Jan. 23 online in Pediatrics. Researchers studied fifth-grade children in Massachusetts and then re-surveyed the same 360 children three years later. The results showed that half of the children reported routinely wearing sunscreen initially, but only 25% [...]
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the main cause of premature aging. UV radiation is emitted not only by the sun but also by indoor tanning beds. Sunscreen, particularly a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB is one of the most effective ways to prevent wrinkling and aging of the [...]
Doctors: Just wanted to let you know that throughout my years of being treated at your offices I would trust no one else for my skin care.
Thank you so much for the excellent work you did last week cutting off the skin cancer on my back. Your staff was professional, caring and responsive. Thanks for the great medical care.
The root cause of why some people get acne and some do not is not fully known. It is known to be partly hereditary. Several factors are known to be linked to acne: Family/Genetic history. The tendency to develop acne runs in families. For example, school-age boys with acne often have other members in their [...]
As novel agents come to market or advance through phase III trials and new evidence emerges in the realm of chemoprevention, cancer therapy is advancing. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Should I apply sunscreen even if I am just running errands? Yes!! Little bursts of sun can add up. Sun exposure induced damage is cumulative. Do I need sunscreen on a cloudy day? Yes!! Up to 80% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can pass through clouds. Does an SPF 30 protect much better [...]
“Dry skin”, or xerosis, is an extremely common problem, and our society, and its advertising suggest that we have a simple solution - just apply a moisturizer. The marketplace has a great number of products to moisturize the skin and dermatologists divide them into different classes, based on how they work. These classes include: Occlusives [...]
Many are not aware that the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can, to varying degrees, penetrate glass and clothing. Over time, particularly in high risk individuals such as those with a past history of melanoma or pre-existing sun damage, the attacks on the skin by these rays can add up, leading to problems such as skin cancer. [...]
Recent studies identify avenues for future research and offer insights on the current care of melanoma patients. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Myth: Independent scientific research has shown that exposure to sun increased production of vitamin D which helped lower risk for diseases including cancer, diabetes, and depression. Therefore, moderate amounts of unprotected sun exposure are necessary for good health. Reality: A very good study showed that patients can have normal vitamin D levels despite a lack [...]
Vitamins, supplements, and “age defying” skin creams touting antioxidant ingredients all vie for consumer’s attention. However, there is little scientific evidence to document a benefit from these agents. Surely fruits and vegetables are essential to overall health and provide important benefits for proper functioning, but there are no controlled studies utilizing antioxidants which prove their [...]
Sunscreens can modify one of the biggest risk factors for skin cancer-sun exposure. What are sunscreens? Sunscreens are products that protect the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet radiation (UVR). They do this by using chemicals that absorb and/or block sunlight. Many sunscreens are a combination of chemicals. Sun=Ultraviolet Radiation: There are three types of [...]
The first sunscreens were developed to prevent severe sunburn for military personnel spending long hours under intense sunlight. Today, they are associated with a wide range of purposes, from reducing skin aging to decreasing the risk of skin cancer. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) fourth annual Sunscreen Guide gave low marks to current sunscreens available [...]
Resolutions for a New Year! There is no way around the fact that every body and everything ages biologically over time-truly a process that everyone grieves over. There are many practical steps to maintain skin as it ages and to fight against the external factors that cause these changes. These skin care resolutions for the [...]
One group of researchers questions the skin cancer epidemic, but the overwhelming evidence suggests that rates are rising. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Dermatologist-initiated full body skin exams identify skin cancers when they are most treatable. So why are some patients still not receiving exams? read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
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A recent data analysis doesn't support screenings by PCPs, but they still can be a vital component of bringing skin cancer education and care to a large population of patients. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for [...]
Topical immunomodulators and PDT have received much attention lately, but other non-surgical trends are emerging. Here’s a look at them. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Recent findings question a current theory of tumorigenesis, suggesting new avenues for research and therapeutic development. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Data shed light on risk factors associated with aggressive SCC, allowing dermatologists to identify and properly follow high-risk patients. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Data suggest that both cumulative exposure and short-term exposure to intense UV levels promote formation of melanocytic nevi—well-known indicators of melanoma risk. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Though important, early identification of small-diameter melanomas can be difficult. A computer-assisted viewing system may aid detection. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Insights on sunscreen safety, the vitamin D craze, and initiatives to promote UV avoidance. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Research in mice suggests that males respond to UVB irradiation differently than women do, suggesting a possible basis of higher cancer rates. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Research suggests that BRAF mutations in the presence of particular MC1R variants influences melanoma susceptibility. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Recent data suggest a lower relative risk for melanoma associated with CDKN2A gene mutation. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
The comment period for the FDA’s proposed label revisions ends next month. Here’s a recap of key points. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Pediatric melanoma remains rare, though the incidence continues to climb. Researchers offer fresh analysis of this troubling presentation. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
The anatomic distribution of melanoma in both women and men has changed over the last 30 years. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Survival rates for thin melanoma are high, but some individuals develop potentially fatal metastatic disease. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
A rising incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer among men and women below age 40 demonstrates a need for good prevention and detection strategies. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
The addition of “E” to the ABCD criteria is a welcome, long-awaited, and well-supported change. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
In a recent statement, the World Health Organization recommended no person under 18 should tan, highlighting the long-term risks of UV exposure. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
To preserve their health and the appearance of their skin, patients need straightforward, practical advice on susncreen selection and protection strategies. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
A controversial researcher is back with new data on melanoma that contradict long-held beliefs. But the study isn't perfect. read article Dr. Wolfe is a contributor to Practical Dermatology, a monthly publication that provides coverage of medical care, cosmetic advancements and practice management for clinicians in the field.
Dr. Wolfe has contributed to American Family Physician®, a peer reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. RICHARD L. EDMAN, M.D., Kupat Holim Clalit, Haifa, Israel JONATHAN T. WOLFE, M.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania In addressing the problem of malignant melanoma, family physicians should empha-size primary prevention. This includes educating patients about [...]