mHealth Intelligence (2/22, Wicklund) reports researchers found that “a telehealth program enabling people to access dermatologists through a virtual visit works just as well as an in-person visit to the doctor’s office.” The findings were “presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s recent annual meeting.”
The Denver Post (6/26, Weber) reports on the Longmont, Colorado-based business Goddess Garden which “sells natural sunscreens and other cosmetic products” that do not include chemicals thought to damage coral reefs. Spotlighting founders Paul Halter and his wife Nova Covington, the piece says their company “has become a leader in the movement to ban sunscreens” containing the chemicals, noting that they supported legislation in Hawaii banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Reuters (6/25, Hirschler) reports, “GlaxoSmithKline is facing ‘unprecedented’ demand for its new shingles vaccine Shingrix, suggesting the product could be a bigger money-spinner than the company and analysts initially thought.” The article reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that there could be a shortage of the vaccine. The CDC recommends Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine) as preferred over Zostavax® (zoster vaccine live) for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) and related complications. The CDC recommends two doses of Shingrix separated by 2 to 6 months for immunocompetent adults age 50 years and older.
The Wall Street Journal (6/29, McGinty, Subscription Publication) reported that many people do not apply enough sunscreen, and dermatologists sometimes have difficulty explaining how much should be used. Sandy Walsh, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said, “The amount of sunscreen applied for each consumer will be based on their specific attributes including body size, the amount of body hair and sensitivity to the sun.” The article also pointed out that a study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology indicated that using sunscreens that have an SPF that is higher than 50 is beneficial.
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In today’s world, you no longer need to visit a library to find information, take film to a drugstore to view your photos or go to the video store to select a movie. And now you don’t always have to make a visit to my office for a concerning condition.