How to Improve Patient Compliance

While adherence has been studied in several different areas of medicine, there are fewer published articles regarding adherence in dermatology. Moreover, adherence to topical therapy is difficult to quantify and measure reliably; yet a small number of studies have demonstrated that dermatology patients have low adherence rates to treatment regimens—in part due to ‘socioeconomic, cognitive, …

Anti-Aging Skin Benefits of Red Light Therapy

A therapeutic technique that utilizes low-level wavelengths of light to treat skin issues—including wrinkles, scars, and other conditions & persistent wounds—red light therapy (RLT) was originally used by scientists to help grow plants in space, as researchers initially found that intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote growth and photosynthesis of plant cells. …

Smartphone Application Diagnoses Melanoma

While differentiating skin cancer from a harmless lesion can be tricky, Michael Kolodney, the chair of West Virginia University’s Department of Dermatology, has recently developed a smartphone app: designed to help students practice diagnosing melanomas based on their physical appearance. Experienced dermatologists office diagnose their patients’ lesions through visual diagnoses, versus a checklist-based assessment. While …