Dermatology

Eczema may be a risk factor for fractures

eczema increases fracture risk
Several risk factors have been identified as a cause behind fractures. These include age related osteoporosis, menopause, steroid intake for a prolonged duration, etc. However, in what comes as a surprise, scientists have found out that adult eczema may be an unrecognized risk factor for fractures. The results of the study have been published in the recent issue of JAMA Dermatology. The study was carried out by Nitin Garg and Jonathan I. Silverberg, from Northwestern University, Chicago. The...

Probiotics may be helpful in infants predisposed to eczema

kid eczema
In what could be an exciting breakthrough, researchers led by Negar Foolad from the University of California, Davis, have found that probiotics can be helpful in infants predisposed to eczema. The latter, also called as atopic dermatitis in medical parlance, is a non-contagious skin problem accompanied by intense itching of the involved part. It is estimated that one in every five children suffers from this condition. The study has been published in the latest issue of the journal Archives of...

Stressful Events in Early Life linked to Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma

In a first of its kind study, researchers from the Ohio’s State University Medical Center in Columbus have found that emotional maltreatment of the children at the hands of their parents in their early childhood coupled with a stressful event in the past year may be linked to the local immune response to basal cell carcinoma. The study, which has been published in the latest issue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, was led by Christopher P. Fagundes along with his colleagues. It has...

Hair Follicle Regeneration possible through Transplantation of Bioengineered Germ Cells

hair follicle regeneration
A new study, carried out by scientists from the Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, has shown that it is possible to regenerate fully functional hair follicles through intra-cutaneous transplantation of bio-engineered adult germ cells. The study has been published in the latest issue of the journal Nature communications.   The study is all the more significant as it is for the first time that adult germ cells were used for regeneration of tissue, and...

Memory T cells present in Skin more Protective than Memory T Cells present in Blood Stream

A recent study, published in the journal Nature, has found that the resident memory T cells found predominantly in the skin are far more effective in providing immunity against infection compared to the memory T cells present in the blood stream. This comes as a total contrast to the earlier belief that the memory T cells present in the blood and lymph nodes play a major role in providing immunity against the invading bacteria and virus. The new study suggests that vaccination through the skin...

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