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New Publication Elevates the Healthcare Burdens of Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata has been misperceived as a cosmetic condition, and treatment is still not considered medically necessary by many insurers and even some physicians. However, alopecia areata is known to have a profound impact on the quality of life of patients. The sudden loss of identity and the unpredictable course of hair loss can lead to difficulties at work, at school and in relationships.

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April is Rosacea Awareness Month

Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans, yet according to a recent NRS survey, 47% of patients said they had never heard of the disorder prior to receiving their diagnosis. Ninety-five percent also said they knew little or nothing about the signs and symptoms before being diagnosed.

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Acne Q&A

Is acne caused by what I eat?

The exact cause of acne is unknown but a number of factors contribute to flare ups, including genetics, hormonal changes and stress. Evidence suggests there is a link between diet and acne, especially diets high in carbohydrates and dairy products. Diet should not be used as a sole treatment for acne but low-glycemic index diets, along with other proven acne treatments may help.

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Research provides hope

(CNN) In his mid 40s, Mike Thomas went bald. Not a "little bald spot in the back" kind of bald or "receding hairline" kind of bald, but almost totally and completely bald. He was diagnosed with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, and he was devastated.
He looked, by his own description, like a "freak," with his eyebrows and eyelashes completely gone. He could feel it when people looked at him. Some of them quietly asked whether he had cancer.

"I'm in the real estate business, and I'm active in my community, but I started to shy away from people," said Thomas, who asked that his real name not be used in order to protect his privacy.
"It affects every part of your life. I got very depressed, and it was horrible," he said.
Then, this year, Thomas took a little white pill used for arthritis, and within seven months, his hair grew back.

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Do you know:

  • Caucasians and men over 50 years of age are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
  • One American dies of melanoma every hour.
  • The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected early before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It is a cancer that starts in the cells that give skin its color. While we don't know exactly how melanomas develop, we do know that there are certain risk factors that increase a person’s probability of developing a melanoma. These risk factors include ...

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Look Younger

Tiffany Cukrowski, D.O.By: Tiffany Cukrowski, D.O.
Midwest Center for Dermatology
Beaumont Hospital in Troy and McLaren Macomb, Clinton Township

We can age gracefully! Men and women are living longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. We may not feel older but our outward appearance may say otherwise.

”Our patients don’t want to look 20 or 30 again, however they don’t want to look tired. They want their image to reflect how they feel on the inside” says Dr. Tiffany Cukrowski. “Our new Liquid Face Lift can take off five to ten years in a procedure which takes less than 30 minutes with virtually no downtime. “The newest fillers don’t just fill lines, now we sculpt the face with injectables and bring back a more youthful appearance,” Dr. Cukrowski adds. She prides herself on her artful eye when treating her patients.

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Sun Safety

Dr. Heather Kiraly OrkwisBy: Heather Orkwis, DO, FAOCD
Midwest Center for Dermatology
Shelby Twp. & Clinton Twp.

Summer has arrived in Michigan! Along with enjoying the warmer weather and sunny skies, it’s important to be smart about our time in the sun. Skin cancer is currently the most common type of cancer in the United States, affecting more than 2 million Americans annually. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. As a preventive measure, all adults should have a skin cancer screening, annually, by a board-certified Dermatologist. Skin cancer screenings are needed more frequently if you have a history of melanoma, basal cell, or squamous cell carcinomas.

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