Moles are often seen as attractive and unique, but these skin features can also be dangerous. Knowing which moles are safe and which ones may require attention can help you stay healthy and maintain a good relationship with your dermatologist.
You can keep track of your moles by using the Skin Cancer App on the iTunes Market. This amazing app helps users get a basic idea of which moles may need attention from a medical professional. Use this app to take a picture of your mole and then wait as it scans the image to analyze it. You will be able to view feedback regarding the asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and risk of your mole.
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By James A Solomon, MD PhD, Director of Ameriderm Research: the research division of ADCS
Research to identify better, more effective medications and treatments for skin disease is in a rapidly expanding mode. Introduction of biologic and genetic based treatments has stimulated this growth.
Ameriderm Research is at the forefront of this process. On one hand, we are involved in internationally run clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies across the globe. On the other hand, we are working closely on unique projects with patient advocacy groups, medical societies, as well as professors and students from universities and medical school worldwide.
The intent of this blog is to keep the patients of ADCS apprised of what is currently being tested, what may soon be on the market as well as the treatments recently launched in part through efforts of Ameriderm Research.
Many of you may be aware that there is an enormous cost to get new drugs on the market. Most of you may not know that this figure typically is greater than $750,000,000 for each new drug. These costs include the technical requirements to identify the chemistry of the compounds and to manufacture them. Some of these compounds cost over $10,000 to manufacture a month’s supply. Nonetheless, a major portion of the costs are focusing clinical trials on patient safety first, testing drugs/treatments second. Thus, patients in clinical trials typically have no costs related to the medication or the disease related evaluations, examinations, and testing. They may be provided with a stipend to cover costs of travel and time related to the trial.
To further enlighten you about these safety evaluations: They include exams, tests, EKGs, MRI, blood tests, etc whatever is felt needed to confirm the patient remains safe. In some studies, the patients will get full physical exams, EKGs, and Blood tests monthly for a year and every three months for 4 years. They then will have more evaluations in this time frame then they typically would get from routine health checks in a lifetime. As a result, they may well learn quickly what effects on their health occur from diet and other activities. For example, a patient may learn that having just one evening of pizza beer and tobacco can lead to changes in their EKG and high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. These responses to this behavior would not typically be found in most people, and this person would have no idea that they react so badly so quickly. Thus, they learn and can change their behavior (stay safe) before these effects lead to a catastrophic medical event.
So for starts,…. What is in the pipeline; New treatments for psoriasis, eczema, hair loss, hidradenitis suppurativa, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and more. In addition, there is a ‘paradigm shift’ occurring in the way the medical field takes care of patients: This shift is to move from the system of doctors with specialties and patients who hunt for the correct specialist TO a system of patient/disease oriented teams. In this latter system, the individual nature of each patient’s response to each disease is recognized. So stay tune; More to come. Any questions ?