Allergy and Skin

Over 3,000 cases of Melanoma Skin Cancer in Europe associated with Sunbed Use

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(Best Syndication News) - A European study estimates that 5.4 percent of all new cases of cutaneous melanoma skin cancer are related to the use of sunbed tanners. People who use sunbeds to get a golden tan are at a 20 percent increased risk of getting skin cancer compared to those that never used one. The skin cancer risk more than doubles if they used sunbeds before age 35.

Researchers from the International Prevention Research Institute in France, along with the European Institute of Oncology of Italy, wanted to learn more about the relationship between sunbed use and melanoma skin cancer in the Western European region. The researchers investigated and analyzed information gathered in 27 different studies on skin cancer and sunbed use between 1981 and 2012. The participants included people from the UK, France, and Germany.

Aspirin and other NSAID Pain Relievers might reduce Skin Cancer

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from Denmark found that squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma might be reduced when a person takes aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen on a regular basis. The reduction was seen when patients filled at least two prescriptions for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They had a 15 percent decreased risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma and a 13 percent decreased risk for developing malignant melanoma. The study results were published online in CANCER, which is a journal of the American Cancer Society.

Sigrún Alba Jóhannesdóttir, BSc, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark along with colleagues investigated medical records from northern Denmark from 1991 through 2009. They found 1,974 diagnoses of squamous cell carcinoma, 13,316 diagnoses of basal cell carcinoma, and 3,242 diagnoses of malignant melanoma. They also compared information from 178,655 individuals that did not have skin cancer and compared this against their prescriptions. They were looking for prescription of two or more refills of an NSAID.

Prescription Acne Medicine might Increase Risk of Pink Eye Infections

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Tel Aviv Universtiy found that commonly used acne prescription - Isotretinoin medications - such as Accutane or Roaccutane could increase the chances of eye infections including conjunctivitis (pink eye) or sties. The study results was published in the Archives of Dermatology.

Dr. Gabriel Chodick of TAU's School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine to investigate to see if there was an increased risk for eye infection from taking Isotretinoin medication that is used for acne. Dr. Chodick worked with Drs. Meira Neudorfer, Orna Shamai-Lubovitz and Varda Shalev from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Inbal Goldshtein from Maccabi Health Care Services on this research.

Thyme Herbal Remedy used for Acne Treatment has Antibacterial Benefits

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University found that a tincture of thyme was more effective as an antibacterial acne treatment than concentrations of benzoyl peroxide. The researchers presented their findings at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin that is going on this week.

The study involved testing tinctures of thyme, marigold, and myrrh on bacterium that is known to cause acne. The bacteria engaging the skin pores cause the development of white heads to puss-filled cysts. Out of the three tinctures, the thyme was the most effective anti-bacterial effect than marigold, or myrrh. All three had anti-bacterial properties. However, the thyme tincture was more potent than standard concentrations of benzol peroxide for antibacterial properties.

Melanoma Death Rate declined but only for the most Educated

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(Best Syndication News) - An American Cancer Society study found a decline in melanoma cancer deaths for non-Hispanic Whites in the United States who had the highest level of education.

Overall, the melanoma death rate in Non-Hispanic Whites has been on the decline since the early 1990’s for men and women ranging in age between 25 to 64 years. The researchers wanted to determine if the decline was associated with socioeconomic status.

Researchers led by Vilma Cokkinides, Ph. D, looked at death certificates from 26 states to find the melanoma death rate and education level. The data represented around 45 percent of the US population. They found a ten percent melanoma mortality rate decrease over the last 10 years (records spanning 1993-97 to 2003-07).

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